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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Too Much Work for Quotidian Hardware

In a foolish move executed to save $150 or so on my kitchen rehab, I initially purchased hinges and pulls from a mass-market supplier. Upon receiving that package, I opened it, and sighed over the fake screw heads on the bin pulls and the altogether lightweight feel of the pieces. I tried to convince...

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Call for Entries: 2014 PWM Excellence Awards

Show off your excellent work in 2014 Popular Woodworking Magazine Excellence Awards. Winners in each of five categories, a grand-prize winner, and a Readers’ Choice winner will be published in a feature article in the November 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. You can enter up to five pieces; the categories are: Casework, Cabinets...

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‘The Shellac Archive’ from Don Williams

Don Williams – conservator, historian and woodworker extraordinaire – was in town a couple weeks ago to shoot a video on historic transparent furniture finishes, for which he brought a truckload of examples and props (the video will be available in mid-August). He was kind enough to leave some of his stuff behind for...

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Tool Storage Solutions

I’m yearning for the day I will have a space at home that is dedicated to woodworking. Right now, as many of you know, my “shop” shares space with books and my computer in my study. It’s a small room, and I have scads of books…and scads of tools. The books – most of...

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Preview – June 2014 PWM & ‘Extras’ Instructions

The June issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine mails to subscribers (both print and digital) on or around this Thursday. We’re short a managing editor at the moment and extras fall into the purview of that role, but through a combination of caffeine, little sleep and unconquerable anal-retentiveness, I’ve managed to get almost all of...

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Clever Magnetic Sharpening System

DMT recently began offering what it calls the “Double-Sided Dia-Sharp 12″ MagnaBase System” — in other words, a two-sided diamond stone that attaches to a magnetic base. I haven’t yet had time to give it a thorough workout (I’ll report back after I do), but after touching up the edges on two plane blades...

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Come to Toronto; Bring Your Rotten Produce

This Friday and Saturday (April 11 and 12), I’ll be at the new Lee Valley Tools store in Vaughan, Ontario, to help celebrate the location’s grand opening (the store officially opened this morning). I’m very much looking forward to my trip across the border; I’ve never been to the Toronto area and I hear...