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JET Band Saw Sweepstakes Winner

Congratulations to Jim Pirkle, of Winston-Salem, N.C. He’s the lucky winner of the JET 14″ steel-frame band saw (model #714500) in our recent sweepstakes. Jim has been woodworking for about 30 years and recently finished building a workbench using a design from Popular Woodworking Magazine. His next project is a Shaker-style bookcase for his...

Woodworking Books On the Horizon

With 2011 already 10 days old, I’m happily anticipating some noteworthy Popular Woodworking Books that will be going on sale this year. I thought I’d take a minute and share some of those titles with you. First up is “Backyard Projects” (available in early March, but available for pre-sale now). Seasoned project author and...

Introducing 'The Apprentice Sketchbook'

For some time I’ve toyed with the idea of putting together something I call the “Apprentice Sketchbook,” a series of drawing exercises to train the eye and illuminate important design principles. This is nothing new. Scores of period design books begin with a charge to study architecture and the classic orders. Most follow with...

Trick: Drilling Perpendicular Holes

A “Trick of the Trade” from the February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine: Here is a trick that I’ve developed to help keep holes perpendicular to the surface when drilling by hand, either with a brace and bit or with an electric drill. I’m not very good at lining up my drill with...

New Year, New Skills?

New year’s resolutions come and go, and that doesn’t mean setting goals for the year ahead is a bad idea, but why not set a goal that will continue to give back? Many of us feel comfortable with many aspects of our progress in the woodworking world, and that’s as it should be as...

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Top 10 2010 Woodworking Books

As we’re wrapping up 2010, any good company takes a look at what products sold well during the year. We’re doing the same, and it’s an interesting mix of the 10 top-selling books of the last year. The list tells us what our readers are interested in, and what it may tell you is...

Trick: Bench Jig for Thin Pieces

A “Trick of the Trade” from the December 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine: Most of the time, the end vise on my workbench is more than adequate to secure workpieces between bench dogs. Occasionally, though, I need to work with thin wood at the front edge of the bench (such as when using...

A Revelation in Wood: The Bresler Collection

I’ve never felt the pull toward wood turning. In general, most woodworkers tend to fit into either the “flat” or “round” category. I guess I’m a flat woodworker. Yes, I know how to turn … basically. I can knock out a simple spindle or handle for a tool. But woodworkers who turn have a...

Easy Furniture for Everyone

One of my favorite pieces of Arts & Crafts furniture is the Morris chair. Strong, comfortable (for reading or relaxing), ample seat area for one-and-a-half people, and generally not all that complicated in design – but for the mortise-and-tenon construction. I’ve built a few for my home, and love them. But a few years...