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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....

Lock Miters: Strong, Useful and Good Looking

At our weekly staff meetings, I usually don’t have much to say. Our staff is comprised of knowledgeable people who know a lot about woodworking; our cumulative knowledge is deep. But, we all come from different backgrounds with very different experiences and sometimes those ideas cross each other. So, at this week’s meeting, when...