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.

Handworks 2017, Day 1

I’m in Amana, Iowa this weekend for the Handworks 2017, and it’s a bit of a madhouse (but in a good way). It’s difficult to estimate the number of people, because the event is spread over five buildings in this historic German village, with hand tool makers, woodworking schools, timber framing, chairmakers, blacksmiths and...

Show Me Your French Tool Racks!

I’m not looking for racks full of French tools, you understand – I want to see your pictures of tool racks inspired by Christopher Schwarz’s “I Can Do That” Tool Rack from the April 2011 issue (shown above – this link will take you to the article). It was based on a picture he...

Thomas Chippendale: Something for Everyone

Jeff Miller is working on upcoming article for us on building a Chippendale chair. Well OK…he actually finished it and turned it in some time ago – I’ve just been trying to find time to edit it. But I’m thinking about editing it…the first step! And that got me thinking about Thomas Chippendale. So I...

Interview with Sam Maloof (from Pacific Woodworker, 1982)

In the forerunner to Popular Woodworking Magazine, a small, California-based publication titled Pacific Woodworker, there are some excellent interviews – including this one with woodworking legend Sam Maloof, from issue 7, by Bill Farnsworth. We don’t have digital files or the original photographs for these early issues, so I can’t easily post the text and images –...

Medicine Cabinet Cover

Contemporary Medicine Cabinet

by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 26-31 From the June 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine A slick technique makes the divided-light door a snap. In 2008, I built a contemporary maple chimney cupboard to hold towels in my bathroom. Eight years on, I decided it was time for a matching medicine cabinet – in large...

Video: Traditional Danish Soap Finish

In this video excerpt from “No-Fear Chairmaking,” Christopher Schwarz shows you how to use soap flakes (or grated soap) and water to make two varieties of traditional Danish soap finish. This finish is fast and easy to make, there are no VOCs about which to worry, and it is quite easy to apply. Plus,...

PWM June 2017 Issue ‘Extras’ – Handsaw Basics

The June 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, which features Caleb James’ homage to Hans Wegner on the cover, is in the mail right now to print subscribers (the notice for digital subscribers should go out later today – Thursday, April 13, or tomorrow). It’s also now available at ShopWoodworking.com. The Online Extras are...

‘Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life’

I am delighted to announce that we now offer Nancy Hiller’s hilarious, earthy – and cautionary – look at life as a custom furniture maker – “Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life.” If you’re thinking about chucking it all, assuming “all” means a steady job with employer-sponsored health insurance and a regular...