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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My Virtual Inspiration Folder

When I first began building things, I kept a manila folder in which I stored pages torn from magazines and museum catalogs, as well as photos of pieces (and other things) that inspired me. It was always a jumbled mess – but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing; having to shift through the pages...

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For 1 Job, Biscuit Joiner Can’t be Beat

I use a biscuit joiner for one thing, and one thing only: Cutting slots for the L-shaped wooden “buttons” I use to attach tops to tables (and tops to table-like things such as my kitchen island shown above) and case pieces. The buttons themselves are cut at the table saw, usually out of whatever...

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And the Winner of the New Arts & Crafts Book Is…

Congratulations to “amvolk” (a.k.a. Andrew Volk). He’s the winner of a print copy of the second edition of “Popular Woodworking’s Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects,” now with 17 new projects (42 in all). The new edition is available now to order in both paperback (the book is expected to be in house and shipping...

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‘Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects’ 2nd Edition

We’ve just released an updated edition (as both a paperback and a PDF download) of our best-selling “Popular Woodworking’s Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects,” with 17 new step-by-step project builds (42 in all). And I have a copy to give away, free. To enter the drawing, simply leave a comment below by Friday, Jan....

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A Supremely Lazy Holiday

During the last two weeks, I’ve been perfecting my impression of the common garden slug. I’ve become quite good at it. Pretty much the only thing woodworking-related I’ve accomplished is to hang the doors on the pantry shelves I built just before Thanksgiving. I’m not done fitting them, mind you (if only I’d made...

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LVL Workbench Plans, Free

I get more questions about workbenches than any other – and among those, many of them are about the LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) bench Christopher Schwarz and I built in 2009, that appeared in the November issue. After more than five years in use, the top remains dead flat. It has a few dings...

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A Gift to Myself: (More) Brad-point Bits

I’m at home today awaiting the arrival of family, so I’m taking this time to install the doors on the pantry I built into a wee hallway between my living room and dining room. And though I’m at home, my good drill bits (the boxed set of seven) are not. It’s almost worth it...

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Shaker Living Room Suite – Free Plans

I’m (theoretically) off work from now through January (I already know I’ll be popping into the shop a few times over the holiday, though, and I’ve a massive pile of editing to get through). But just in case I consume too much eggnog in the coming weeks and forget, here’s my holiday gift: a...