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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...

Grove Park Inn, Presidential Accommodations

The Grove Park Inn is easily recognized as a world-class hotel, but in its tucked-away location in the hills of Asheville, N.C., you’d wouldn’t suspect that it has been host to luminaries from the silver screen, the printed page and even politics. Starting with the official opening of the hotel in 1913, The Grove...

Great Ideas for Clever Woodworkers

I’ve been a woodworker for more than 30 years and I feel pretty good about my abilities to be “creative” in the woodshop, whether it’s a method to glue up a complicated joint, or if I’ve made a mistake that needs “adjusting.” I have a fairly solid memory for tips and tricks I’ve learned...

Greene & Greene's Digital Footprint

The roots of the turn-of-the-20th-century Arts & Crafts movement can be traced back to the industrial revolution and the counter-culture that questioned whether this advance was having a dehumanizing effect on society. I include myself as one of the fans of the continuing Arts & Craft’s movement, and while not anti-technology, I do find...

Woodturning Symposium June 18-20 in Hartford, Conn.

Without a doubt, one of the best ways to pick up new turning skills, find inspiration and supercharge your creative battery is to attend the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) Annual Symposium, June 18 – 20 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. Dozens of topics will be covered in 150 demonstrations by...

Don't Move, Improve

I’ve owned my custom woodworking business for 13 years, and the financialshake-up of the past few years seems to have prompted a lot of people Iknow to adhere to a “don’t move, improve” philosophy when it comes to theirhomes. Rather than simply trading up to bigger and fancier houses, a lot ofmy friends and...