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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Your Passion for Woodworking Could Pay

We’ve just posted two positions – one to conceive of, acquire and edit woodworking books; the other to conceive of, storyboard, direct, film and edit woodworking videos – for the Popular Woodworking community, reporting to the content director (that’s me). If you have a passion for and solid knowledge of woodworking (along with the...

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Favorite Woodworking Book Buys of 2014 (Thus Far)?

  I’m looking for a gift list to give to my mom, brother, etc., and I like books – the old-fashioned kind. Paper. Ink. Binding. Words on a page. So, I want to know your favorite woodworking book buys of 2014…or the books you’d like to get (perhaps the ones on your list!). And...

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Designing with Chalk

You may recall that a few months ago, I tore out my old kitchen and built new cabinets, installed a new floor, a farmhouse sink, etc. etc. But once everything was fully functional, well, I moved on to more pressing things. (I still need to finish the backsplash, the door thresholds, the toe kicks…)...

Wish You Well

Following a restructuring of the woodworking team by our parent company, three people have elected to leave the company. October 15 will be the last day as part of the F+W woodworking community for Robert Lang, Glen Huey and Chuck Bender. I, along with the rest of their co-workers, thank them for the excellent...

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Furniture Spotting

Beginning with my first job in journalism, I self-imposed a rule to not discuss my political thoughts in public – so the below is in no way constitutes personal commentary on President Obama and his administration. But no matter what one’s thoughts on any past, current or future office holders, there’s no arguing that...

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Lots of Woodworking Resources for Little Money

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: I don’t read all the e-mails we send out. (I know, I know – there are too many; I’m pleased to let you know that we’re reducing the number.) So I’m guessing you don’t always read them all, either. But sometimes, you do miss something...

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‘Practical Woodworker’ 4-Volume Set – Now in Paperback

Last year, we released an exclusive, limited run of the 4-volume set of Bernard Jones’ “The Practical Woodworker” in hardcover, which quickly sold out. But now, you can get “The Practical Woodworker” set in paperback; it’s the same great information, but at a more affordable price – just $65 for more than 1,500 pages...

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Customizable Bevel-down Planes from Veritas

by Megan Fitzpatrick page 16 We don’t typically include tools in this column that we’ve not actually tested, but we’re making an exception for these five new bevel-down planes from Veritas (Nos. 4, 41⁄2, 5, 51⁄2 and 7 in the Stanley numbering system). I got a preview of these at Lee Valley Tools in...

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2014 PWM Excellence Awards Winners

At Woodworking in America last Friday morning, I presented a slide show of the winners of the 2014 PWM Excellence Awards Winners – and now I’m sharing them with those who weren’t able to make it to this year’s conference. The winners are featured in the November 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, with...