Author Archives: Megan Fitzpatrick

About Megan Fitzpatrick

Megan is the editor and content director of Popular Woodworking Magazine. She prefers using hand tools because they rarely make loud noises. Unless they fall off the bench.

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Award-winning Woodworking from PWM Readers

I announced the winners during the keynote session at Woodworking in America last Saturday, and the digital version of the November 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine e-mailed late yesterday (check your in-box if you’re a susbcriber). So forthwith I give you the winners of the 2015 PWM Excellence Awards. Please join me in...

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One Week until Woodworking in America

At this time a week from today, I’ll be setting up benches and classrooms in Kansas City, Mo., for Woodworking in America 2015 (unless something goes wrong terribly wrong with the truck…or we stuck in what appears to be a vexing amount of construction between here and there). The conference starts bright and early...


Cheap, Simple & Portable (Yes, Another Workbench)

Though I find it darn-near impossible to believe, it has been more than five years since we published plans for a full-sized workbench. That was Christopher Schwarz’s “Return of Roubo,” the cherry-topped bench he built using mostly hand tools (you’ll find it in the August 2010 issue as well as on a  download, “Build...

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Hand-tool Cleanup

Most of my good woodworking tools have sat idle since April 10 or so, when I packed them up to move out of my old house, then hauled them to the Popular Woodworking shop for storage and safekeeping during my brief period of relative homelessness. (I was living at a friend’s house, and only...

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Woodworking in America 2015 Message Board

I’ve had a barrage of questions lately (not a surprise, given that we’re at T-28 days and counting) about how folks can get in touch with others who are attending Woodworking in America 2015 (Sept. 27-27, in Kansas City, Mo.). So, for lack of a better fast and effective way to do it, I’ve...


Mutton Tallow Tool Lube – As Seen on Instagram

In case you don’t follow (also known as Travis Knapp) on Instagram, I share with you this cool (and inexpensive) tool lube solution he’s now offering: mutton tallow in a tube. For just $5, you get the convenience of keeping your hands clean while swiping greasy tallow (greasy is good!) on your plane,...

Toshio Odate discussing Japanese planes at Woodworking in America 2009, in Valley Forge, Penn. Photo my Megan Fitzpatrick

Toshio Odate: Woodworking Legend

I count myself among the luckier people in the world for having had the chance to hang out with Toshio Odate and Laure Olender for a couple of days in Connecticut. Sure, we were there to film “Woodworking Legends: An Interview with Toshio Odate” (and “Talking Japanese Tools with Toshio Odate“), but it felt...


Freddy Roman at Woodworking in America 2015

If you read Don Williams’ blog, you already know that he lost a fight with a wheelbarrow. Unfortunately, Don broke his hip last week, and while the doctors have given him every indication of a full recovery, he won’t be 100-percent healed by Woodworking in America (it is, after all, just more than a...


‘Workshop Companion’ & ‘Practical Woodworker’ Collection

In a new “mini-kit” (although with 25 books included, it’s not really so “mini”), we’re bookending the 20th century. In this kit you’ll get all four volumes of the early 20th-century book “The Practical Woodworker” edited by Bernard E. Jones (in paperback), and all 21 books (on DVD) from Nick Engler’s beloved “The Workshop...