Author Archives: Megan Fitzpatrick

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.

Old-Arn-600

Popular Woodworking Magazine: October 2016

The October issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine just mailed to subscribers, and is now available in our online store. While it’s difficult for me to pick a favorite article from a given issue (that’s akin to picking my favorite cat!), it’s made a bit easier this time by circumstance. I’m in the midst of...

bunch of hammers

Build Furniture with a Hammer

Far from a crude implement, a good hammer is a wonder of subtlety and an asset for many kinds of joinery. by Christopher Schwarz (Excerpted from the Spring 2006 issue of Woodworking Magazine) Most woodworkers, and woodworking publications, regard the hammer as a crude implement. Everyone has a hammer or two on the wall,...

The original masterpiece. The Holtey 98 Smoothing Plane was the maker’s first original design.

The Legendary Karl Holtey’s Last Plane

The No. 984 panel plane, currently in production, will be the last run of commercial handplanes in Karl Holtey’s legendary and innovative 26-year career. His first original design is shown above. I had the chance early on in my time at Popular Woodworking to handle several of his incredible tools, and take a few...

My two panel saws (one rip filed, one crosscut filed), slip into raised slots at one end, and the handles fit over "French fit" keepers; they are held in place with toggles.

Saws with a Proper Home

Following my post “Overflow Saw Storage,” a couple readers asked for a better look at my saw storage for those tools that already have a home. My panel saws are affixed to the underside of my English tool chest top – a location that necessitates sliding the top till to almost center in order...

The lower left corner shows a Roman workbench; this form was used for thousands of years.

Christopher Schwarz on Roman Workbenches

I recently stopped by the Lost Art Press shop to chat with Christopher Schwarz for a few minutes about Roman workbenches. He’s in the midst of building two of these in preparation for his talk on that subject at Popular Woodworking in America 2016 (Sept. 16-18 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center). I was...

anarchist's tool chest

Overflow Saw Storage

Christopher Schwarz has taught me many things over the 16 years I’ve worked closely with him, but two lessons just won’t stick. I will never learn to love late 19th/early 20th-century Russian literature, and I will likely continue to own more tools than I truly need. In no category is this more apparent than...

DovetailJig

David Barron Magnetic Dovetail Guide

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 18 If you’re struggling for cut perfection on your dovetails (or you’re just learning to cut this important joint), a magnetic dovetail guide from U.K.-based furniture maker and teacher David Barron is just the ticket. These guides are made of sturdy anodized aluminum and feature recessed rare-earth magnets – covered...