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.


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,...

Woodworking Contest

Call for Entries: 2015 PWM Excellence Awards

Show off your excellent work in 2015 Popular Woodworking Magazine Excellence Awards. Winners in each of five categories, the grand-prize winner, and the Readers’ Choice winner will be published in a feature article in the November 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. The Grand-Prize Winner (as chosen by the editorial staff of Popular Woodworking...

Peter Ross Compasses, photo by Christopher Schwarz

In Memory of John Donne, (?? 1572-March 31, 1631)

No, this is not an April Fools’ joke posted a day early. It’s a poem from one of my favorite writers, John Donne, who died on this date in 1631. Why this poem (or any poem)? The central conceit is the compass – a powerful tool in woodworking. After the poem (yes, yes; I...

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Woodworking in America ’15 Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for Woodworking in America 2015. I hope to see you in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 25-27, along with speakers Roy Underhill, Christopher Schwarz, Alf Sharp, Will Neptune, Phil Lowe, David Marks, Vic Tesolin, Marc Adams, Kevin Drake, Patrick Edwards, Tom Fidgen, James Hamilton, Mark Harrell, Donna Hill, Dave Jeske, Scott...