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.

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...

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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...

Mike Siemsen is a woodworking expert set to speak at the Woodworking in America 2015 event in Kansas City.

A Boring Embarrassment from the Past

I just talked with Mike Siemsen about running the Hand Tool Olympics (HTO) at Popular Woodworking in America 2016. Once again, he’s graciously agreed to wrangle his crew of expert hand-tool woodworkers to run the competition (and teach folks who are new to the included “sports”) for the 2016 conference (in the Marketplace Sept....

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Make a Scraper Plane

I just chatted with Linda Rosengarten of Hock Tools about Woodworking in America 2016 (Hock Tools will be in the Marketplace Sept. 16-17, along with many other top-quality makers), being too busy, and scraper planes. Linda is working on an upcoming newsletter for Hock Tools (click here, then click on “Hock Tools’ Newsletter” to...

dovetail saws

No One Right Way

There’s a thread on the “Neaderthal Haven” forum on Sawmill Creek right now that reminded me about my first editor’s note (in the June 2013 issue – my goodness; no wonder my hair is now gray!). I was going to respond thereupon, but I don’t think I have anything more to say than what...