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.


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 (and all other FW Community online stores:; (art in all mediums), (graphic design); and many more – you can find the full list on our corporate site at The...


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...


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...


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...


One-stop Shop for Woodworking Information

At, sure, you’ll find all the woodworking magazines, books, videos and webinars we produce. But 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...


Studley: The World’s Best-known Tool Cabinet

I wouldn’t typically give away free on our site an article that hasn’t yet been seen by magazine subscribers. But this is not a typical situation, and time is of the essence. Don Williams, whose latest book, “Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley” (with photographs by Narayan Nayar) will shipping...


Lie-Nielsen Event at PWM, April 17-18 2015

The crates should be rolling in any day now for the April 17-18 Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at the palatial Popular Woodworking shop and offices. Hours are Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come and try out just about every tool Lie-Nielsen offers, as well as infill planes from...

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Graham Haydon “AMA” on Reddit

Joiner Graham Haydon is doing an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit next Wednesday, at 4 p.m. Eastern time. Graham works in his family’s carpentry and joinery business (founded in 1926), GS Haydon & Son, in North Devon, England, which he joined after leaving school in the late 1990s. The company makes bespoke doors,...