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WIA – A Different Point of View

The Woodworking in America conference came to a close more than a week ago. We came down from the high of the weekend and pushed through what Matt Vanderlist (of Matt’s Basement Workshop) calls the “mourning phase.” Now we can reflect on the great lessons learned and the incredible memories made. Below I have...

‘Weekend Projects’ Book Won’t Waste Your Time

Time always seems to be at a premium, and that’s doubly true for woodworkers. That’s why we put together The Weekend Woodworker’s Project Collection, with 40 carefully selected projects that will make the most of your time in the shop. Depending on the level of your woodworking skills, any of them can be completed...

Great American Furniture

As woodworkers, we can build whatever type of furniture we’d like. Some styles require more complicated skills and time (early American pieces, a la Duncan Phyfe), while others are deceptively simple, but require time-intensive hand work and a sense of sculpture (such as a Sam Maloof rocker). Two styles that have enduring popularity are...

October 2010 Preview

The October 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine leaves the printer for various distribution points around the country this week, and begins to mail to subscribers next week. In the meanwhile, here’s a look at what you’ll find inside. I’ve also posted links to a few of the online extras for the articles, and...

Jeff Vollmer's Puzzling Beginnings

Last week I had the chance to meet Jeff Vollmer, author of “Puzzle Boxes,” as we filmed a new DVD featuring the construction of these fun projects. Between filming the segments I talked with Jeff and learned about the origins of his puzzle boxes. Jeff is a Cincinnati native, and when he and his...

Table Saw Squeal: Mice, or Loose Belt?

In a perfect world (or shop), when you walk in to start on a project all your tools are in their proper place, the floor is swept and you can dive right in. In the real world (my garage shop, at least), the scraps from the last little project are scattered under my work...

Dovetails Du Jour

There is no shortage of instruction on cutting dovetails. Hundreds of videos are available online, and any woodworking publication worth its salt will include information. But the secret is practice. We were tipped off to this video by an instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftmanship, on one student’s method to keep her skills...

The '10 Commandments of Finishing' DVD & Download

After more than 15 years with Popular Woodworking Magazine, first as editor then as publisher, I’ve had the chance to talk with thousands of our readers. And there has been one recurring theme: the frustrations (and sometimes fear) woodworkers have as they approach the final stages of their projects and the time to start...

Belizian Romance

Greener Lumber LLC, the company that is reclaiming the old-growth Honduran mahogany that we wrote about in the past two issues – the “Sunken Treasure” piece (issue 182) by Kari Hultman and my article in the current issue (issue 183),”Queen Anne Dressing Table” , is offering Popular Woodworking Magazine readers a discount on purchases....