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.


Have Chisels; Will Travel

I’ll be at the Lie-Nielsen open house in Warren, Maine this Friday and Saturday (July 11-12) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On Friday, I’ll be demonstrating “Five Quick Fixes for Less-than-stellar Dovetails” throughout the day in our booth. On Saturday, I’ll be hanging out in the august company of, among others, Christian Becksvoort, Peter Follansbee,...


Congrats to Mike Russell, Our Shop Makeover Winner

Mike Russell, of Rochester, Minn., is the lucky winner of the 2014 “$8,000 Shop Makeover” sweepstakes. A plumber who took up woodworking eight years ago, Mike got involved in the craft through city-sponsored community education classes that allow classes to be taught in local middle and high school workshops (a cool idea). (He’s also...


Roy Underhill’s Shop at Home

As you pull up the leafy driveway to the mill Roy and Jane Underhill call home, off to the right is the cottage where I was lucky enough to stay on my recent visit (you can take a look at it here). To the left is a barn in which Roy has his home...

Clark displays his planing chops on a neck blank.

Guy Clark: Luthier, Singer, Songwriter

On this way to work this morning, I heard Guy Clark’s “Step Inside this House” (it was Lyle Lovett’s version off his album of the same title). It reminded me that I’ve long been meaning to post my favorite article I’ve written while with Popular Woodworking: “Songs from the Workbench” – an interview/article about...

Singer, songwriter and luthier Guy Clark in his Nashville workshop, where he crafts guitars and award-winning songs.

Songs from the Workbench: Guy Clark

Singer and songwriter Guy Clark builds both melodies and guitars in the woodshop of his Nashville home. by Megan Fitzpatrick Songwriter, singer and luthier Guy Clark doesn’t like technology. “I put away all my recording stuff, built this workbench, ordered some wood and started building stuff,” he says. The most high-tech machines on display...


Meet Tom Calisto, N.C. Woodworker

You may recall Tom Calisto (pictured above holding a Shaker chair he made; Ozzie is holding a sock), a woodworker in Chapel Hill, N.C., from his April 2013 Popular Woodworking Magazine article on cutting compound dovetails for a small, handled tote, or perhaps you saw his cherry kitchen table build in Fine Woodworking‘s December...

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Vote Now in the 2014 PWM Excellence Awards

The entries are in; it’s now time to cast your votes in the 2014 PWM Reader Excellence Awards. Your picks in each of the five categories will be featured in the November 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, and the overall Readers’ Choice winner gets a $100 gift certificate to Plus, we take...

When painting wood furniture, trim the corners with a small brush and feather the edges of the paint line. Then, roll paint over the flat surface of the same piece, making sure to first pick up the wet edge you just painted with the brush. This will help you avoid unsightly lap lines to produce a professional-looking finish.

Painting Wood Furniture Like a Professional

This time-honored finishing approach helps highlight – not hide – the beauty of your workmanship. Painting wood furniture isn’t quite like slapping a new coat of color on your living-room wall. First, you need to make sure you have the correct tools. And it doesn’t pay to skimp – spend the extra dosh for...


Roy Underhill’s Antique Shave Horse

As you would expect, Roy Underhill’s shop at the 19th-century mill he and his wife, Jane, call home, is chock-full of interesting vintage tools for all aspects of the woodworking trade. This morning, he moved a 19th-century shave horse out to the shop’s back porch so I could get a good look at it...