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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‘Fitz’s Picks’ for February

As you likely know, every month we offer a deeply discounted collection of books, CDs/DVDs and downloads as the “Kit of the Month.” Typically, we group these around a theme (workbenches, router joniery, shop projects, tables) but this month, my brain is the sole subject around which the choices coalesce. I chose 11 of...

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Shop Cleanup Project: Waiting for a Thaw

Glen Huey (pictured above), Chuck Bender, Bob Lang and I got the shop maybe halfway done in yesterday’s frenzy of cleaning and reorganizing, but we did run into a couple problems. Neglecting to measure, for example. (Yes, we took the vise off, then had no trouble getting that bench into the storeroom.) We moved...

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If Cleanliness is Next to Godliness…

If cleanliness is truly next to godliness, then we are lords of the underworld. I took this picture (and shot the video below) whilst standing atop my bench…my bench to which one must take a wholly circuitous route past large builds, old projects, my pile of plywood, machinery…my fault for choosing the windows at...

This Eames lounge chair and ottoman feature santos palisander veneer. Herman Miller was the original collaborative partner in 1956 for these and other Charles and Ray Eames pieces, and still holds exclusive license to produce these designs, which are registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Imitation Could be Illegal

I’ve lately seen an uptick in discussions on woodworking forums and social media regarding protecting one’s own furniture design. And while it’s possible that some laws have changed since 2008 when attorney and woodworker Jon Shackelford wrote the article below, I think his explanation remains a good starting point for those concerned with the...

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For the 5 Oddballs Who’ve Asked

Most of you should probably stop reading right now. What follows will be of interest only to those who: read the dictionary for fun; keep notebooks handy for jotting down odd and interesting words and definitions; memorize large swathes of the AP, MLA and Chicago style books (because why wouldn’t you?!); and take pride...

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Mastermyr Tool Chest Video – Coming Soon

I’ve met a great many fine and interesting people through woodworking, and Don Weber, who lives in the charming town of Paint Lick, Ky., is among the best of them. The first time I actually saw Don, he had a steam-bending contraption set up on the loading dock at our former shop, where he...

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Creole Table – Free Plans

Christopher Schwarz built this lovely and delicate Creole Table for our February 2007 issue (an issue that also includes a nice Greene & Greene side table, Michael Dunbar’s discussion of traditional handscrews, an easy and accurate way to sharpen scrapers and more). You can read it free here, but I recommend downloading the PDF...