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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.

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...

Inspiration is the first step in learning how to design furniture. Plate 11 should help.

How to Design Furniture – Just Press Play

I’ve spent quite a few hours around furniture designers, starting with the studio furniture maker I worked with years ago in Miami, and of course today in both the online and offline woodworking communities. I like to believe that I’ve learned a few things by osmosis, although I must admit I’m by no means...

Wood staining to the point of blackness is called ebonizing. a practice that dates back several centuries.

Wood Staining Extras – Extra Dark

Free is good. Free and reputable is even better. Each month, one of the fun parts of my job is choosing the material for our free woodworking downloads. I dig through the Popular Woodworking archives and uncover the best stuff on particular topics – such as wood staining, the latest. I then work with...


Roy Underhill, YouTube Videos and Dovetail Waste

I am grateful that Roy Underhill did not begin his career during the YouTube era, where shorter is considered better and thousands of disgruntled viewers sling misspelled insults like an angry version of the infinite monkeys theory. Roy makes long-form shows that dig deeply into historical methods and forms, creating a body of video...


Declaration of Ignorance

I’m just a couple weeks shy of my one-year anniversary here at Popular Woodworking. I’m considering it a marker of sorts. At one year, I think I can declare myself officially aware of how much I really don’t know about our craft. I understand that as a representative of one of America’s largest (and...