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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Spokeshaves – Rehab and Sharpening

We have a new “Kit of the Month” – Sharpening Essentials – available now in our store, which includes Ron Hock’s stellar book “The Perfect Edge” as well as a side-clamp honing guide, “The Last Word on Sharpening” DVD by Christopher Schwarz and “Sharpen your Handsaws” DVD by Ron Herman, as well as several...

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Still Cheap

Just a reminder that the corporate Friends and Family Sale runs through 11:59 p.m. EST tonight. You get 40 percent off just about everything we produce by using code “FFSUMMER40″ at checkout. I recommended a few of my other favorites late last week; here’s another: “Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects, 2nd edition” – only...

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Enter Your Best – You Could Win $1,000

Just a reminder that the submission deadline for the 2015 PWM Excellence Awards is June 14 (voting will open for the Readers’ Choice winner from June 17-24). In short: There is no entry fee – the only thing you have to lose is a few minutes work by filling out a form. You can...

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Crazy Low Prices – Good for You (But I think It’s Insane)

OK…I’ve been tasked with letting everyone know that through Sunday, we’re running a 40-percent off, “Friends and Family Sale” at ShopWoodworking.com (and all other FW Community online stores: WritersDigestShop.com; NorthLightShop.com (art in all mediums), MyDesignShop.com (graphic design); and many more – you can find the full list on our corporate site at fwcommunity.com). The...

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Handplanes, Handplanes, Handplanes

“Handplanes” is the third-most common topic of question we get at the magazine. (First is “workbenches”…specifically, “What wood should I use to build one?”* Second is “finishing.”) For those just getting into to handplanes, I usually recommend Christopher Schwarz’s article, “Coarse, Medium & Fine” (which first appeared in Woodworking Magazine, and is included in...

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A Visit with Toshio Odate

Most of last week, I was in Connecticut to film a video with teacher, sculptor, author, artist and woodworker (also, excellent chef) Toshio Odate, along with our video editor, David Thiel, and studio manger Ric Deliantoni. I’d prepared (of course) a long list of questions and subjects to discuss with Toshio…but when we turned...

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Darrell Peart’s ‘Arched Aurora Nightstand’

In “Gravity by Design” (June 2015, Issue 218), Darrell Peart shares his thought on how the bottom of a piece is the most interesting and telling – how what’s at the ground level (or close to it) has a significant effect on the design as a whole. One of the furniture pieces Darrell employs...

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One-stop Shop for Woodworking Information

At ShopWoodworking.com, sure, you’ll find all the woodworking magazines, books, videos and webinars we produce. But ShopWoodworking.com is also your one-stop woodworking shop for many of the best books and videos from other publishers and producers, too. I’m always on the lookout for good information that I think we should carry in our store,...

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SAPFM is More than Worth the Membership Fee

In the June 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (which should be landing in subscriber mailboxes any day now if you’ve not already received it) I chose as “highly recommended” (page 12) a membership in the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM). Everything I had to say about SAPFM’s annual member publication, American...