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.


Dovetail Marking Gauge Roundup

Whenever one of my dovetail marking gauges shows up in the magazine, in a blog post or a tweet, I get questions about it – so I’ve written about it before. And today, I got another question about the one (shown above) that I use in a YouTube video on using dividers to lay...


Zachary Dillinger a 2014 EAL Top Traditional Craftsman

Woodworker Zachary Dillinger, of Charlotte, Mich., has been named to Early American Life magazine’s 2014 Directory of Traditional American Crafts in the Painted/Formal Furniture category. You’ll find this year’s list in the magazine’s June issue. Zach (whose spice chest shown at left was featured in our August 2013 issue), is only 30 years old,...


The Rule of 3 – How to Sharpen

Among the fundamental skills necessary for good woodworking, I’d put knowing how to sharpen your edge tools at the top of the list. Even if you consider yourself a power-tool woodworker, I’ll bet you have at least a chisel (or two) and a block plane in your kit that need sharpening from time to...


No, No They Aren’t

I was recently at a home center in desperate search of wood screws in large quantities (our local woodworking stores close far too early…or I work too late). All the home center had available in wood screws was two boxes of 50. That is not a large quantity when one is screwing kitchen cabinets...


‘Riveting’ Joinery, Spoon Carving & More

Our June 2014 issue is now available at in print, or right away as a PDF download. Inside, you’ll discover how to “rivet” corners using brass screws (bonus: you don’t have to clock them!) from Christopher Schwarz; learn how to carve spoons with Peter Follansbee (who, I’m delighted to announce, has signed on...

Nakashima Showroom - interior

Nakashima’s Shop Designated a National Historic Landmark

The George Nakashima Woodworker Complex in Bucks County, Penn., has been designated as one of four new National Historic Landmarks. “Internationally renowned furniture designer and woodworker George Nakashima is recognized as one of America’s most eminent furniture designer craftsmen. Nakashima’s work expresses a worldview that is based upon a unique set of circumstances, including...

I blacked out the manufacturer's name above – it's not the maker's fault...they delivered what I ordered.

Too Much Work for Quotidian Hardware

In a foolish move executed to save $150 or so on my kitchen rehab, I initially purchased hinges and pulls from a mass-market supplier. Upon receiving that package, I opened it, and sighed over the fake screw heads on the bin pulls and the altogether lightweight feel of the pieces. I tried to convince...


Call for Entries: 2014 PWM Excellence Awards

Show off your excellent work in 2014 Popular Woodworking Magazine Excellence Awards. Winners in each of five categories, a grand-prize winner, and a Readers’ Choice winner will be published in a feature article in the November 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. You can enter up to five pieces; the categories are: Casework, Cabinets...

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‘The Shellac Archive’ from Don Williams

Don Williams – conservator, historian and woodworker extraordinaire – was in town a couple weeks ago to shoot a video on historic transparent furniture finishes, for which he brought a truckload of examples and props (the video will be available in mid-August). He was kind enough to leave some of his stuff behind for...