Author Archives: Dan Farnbach

Dan Farnbach

About Dan Farnbach

Dan apprenticed and worked in two professional shops during the years after college. But sweeping shop floors only goes so far toward learning woodworking. These days Dan is online editor for Popular Woodworking, and is learning new skills every day. He divides his time between Boston and Maine.

Biscuit Joinery, Just Because

A young lass I’m trying to impress wants to make a rustic shelf to hold books. She wants it to look and function sort of like a small bench. In other words, there’s no casework involved. The shelf would rest on a metal frame on the floor. Rather than buy a wide, somewhat expensive...


Build an Outdoor Chair from a Quick-start Plan

I’m taking a couple days off in the deep woods (way offline). During this break I thought I’d run one of our most popular “Woodworking Daily” posts of all time – the quick-start project plan for David Thiel’s Outdoor Limbert Chair. If you haven’t already started an Adirondack chair this spring, or if you...

I recently learned how to draw an S-shaped curve, or cyma curve. So the recent article on other uses for this curve in design really delighted me!

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I don’t often squeal with delight while at work. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my work. I get a lot of satisfaction out of woodworking, hanging out with woodworkers and even highlighting the products you see here on the blog. (Commerce can be a good thing.) But at the end of the day,...

Learn how to build a library (the wood kind) while building your library (the paper kind).

How to Build a Library, Literally

Most of our readers have long since moved on from built-ins, and I have started to move on too, but it never hurts to circle back to some basics. If you’re like a lot of woodworkers, you got inspired to build fine furniture by first learning how to build a library and other built-in...

This is an image of simple ratios from our soon-to-be-released free PDF on furniture design, with articles by George Walker. You’ll love how George simplifies this stuff!

5 Simple Ratios for Design

Here’s a list of 5 simple ratios to keep in mind at any stage in your design process, or frankly any time you are building something! 1:1 – The ratio of reader to editor that we like to maintain here at Popular Woodworking. You can write to any of our editors, anytime, and we...

Green woodworking begins with the most basic of tools and material. Jarrod StoneDahl cuts into a new spoon, above.

Green Woodworking – Linking Past and Future

I caught up yesterday with Jarrod StoneDahl, a spoon carver and traditional green woodworker in northern Wisconsin. Here’s our conversation, the second installment in the “Woodworking Daily” series of Q&A posts with great minds in the woodworking community. And there’s a twist to this series – each interviewee will tell me who I should...

The arm bracket of my Adirondack chair project plan features an S-shaped curve.

The S-shaped Curve – Oh, Geez

I woke up this morning knowing I had to write a blog post today on the topic of ogees. “Oh, geez,” was my first thought. “I don’t really know what an ogee is.” By noon, after looking at lots of pictures and write-ups, I had determined that an ogee is an S-shaped curve. Simple...