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.


Carl ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Bilderback

I’m sad to report that this evening, Carl Bilderback passed away. I’m so glad to have had him as a friend. The below is bumped up from October. If you’re among the following, move along…nothing new to see here: • Members of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association • Longtime readers of this blog and...


Standing Desk Build on Deck

Clearly, Jim Tolpin has let a lot of folks know that he’s writing about his standing desk (perhaps you’ve seen it on his Instagram feed?) for an upcoming issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. I know this, because a lot of folks have emailed to ask when it will appear. The answer is: In the...

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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...