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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Whew – the WIA Schedule is Done

Today, we finalized the schedule for Woodworking in America 2014 (Sept. 12-14 in Winston-Salem, N.C.), and I’m cleaning up the last details – new bios for the speakers, double-checking all spellings and that sort of thing. By Tuesday, I’ll have it off to the conference staff, so they can start building the web site...

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Spoon Carving – The Next ‘Hot’ Thing?

Plans are underway in the U.K. for the third Spoonfest 2014 – The International Celebration of the Carved Wooden Spoon (Aug. 1-3, in Edale, in the stunning Lake District). It sounds amazing – kind of like a Grateful Dead concert crossed with a wood-carving festival. I want to go, but alas, my caravan won’t...

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‘A Better Blanket Chest Design’

I’m working on a book project at the moment in which we’re including an article that refers to another article…and I’m out of pages. So instead of editing around the problem (no time for such shenanigans), I’ve decided to post said “another article” online, and provide a link in the text. I figure I...

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Frank Klausz’s ‘Your First Toolkit’

I’m at work on a Sunday … procrastinating on a personal project in the shop. So, I’m spending a little time at my desk answering e-mail and trying to work up the energy to go back to my massive pile of plywood. One question in my inbox today was, “What tools do I need...


Congrats to Glen Huey, Editor, American Woodworker

Glen Huey, currently managing editor for Popular Woodworking Magazine, has earned a well-deserved promotion. But first, a little back story: In January, our parent company, F+W Media, acquired New Track Media, a company with a portfolio of magazines, books, supplies and events that help people get better at what they love to do –...


Compulsory Viking Tool Chest

A few weeks ago, I posted about “Build a Viking Tool Chest,” a start-to-finish instructional DVD (also available as a download) from woodworker and blacksmith Don Weber. He shows you not only how to build the historic chest, but how to make your own period-correct hardware. At the time, it was on pre-order; it’s...