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The X Factor: Substance over Style

In a perfect world, styling and presentation wouldn’t be important. Or, at least, they would be less important than substance. I’ve been thinking about this since Saturday, courtesy of a bad television program. “The X Factor” is, as far as I can tell, “American Idol” with British accents — though I can’t be sure...

Vernal Equibox Art Auction

Lois Keener Ventura, author of Sculpted Band Saw Boxes, is placing her one-of-a-kind box sculpture (pictured on the cover of her book) up for a week-long eBay auction starting November 5. As a bonus, she’s including a signed copy of the book for the auction winner, and donating a portion of the auction proceeds...

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...

WIA Marketplace Woodworkers

Although the class sessions are sold out, the Exhibitors’ Marketplace at the Woodworking in America conference is our biggest yet , with more than 70 vendors. Editor Christopher Schwarz said the Marketplace is shaping up to be the largest woodworking tool show he’s ever seen other than AWFS and IWF. Although the classes at...

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...