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A Musical Use for Exotic Scraps — The Daxophone

“What in the world are these? And how can they make music?” Those were the first thoughts that went through my head when I viewed this picture. Beautifully crafted, these strips of wood called “tongues” are the heart of an exotic instrument known as the daxophone. Invented by the German typographer Hans Reichel, the...

Small Scraps and Simple Pleasures

Last Friday afternoon I was paid a surprise visit by my girlfriend. She had the day off, so it was nice to have her see a day in the life of an Associate Editor for the Web. Unfortunately, watching me edit the BookShop News newsletter isn’t as exciting as she thought, and pretty soon...

Top 10 Woodworking Projects of 2008

Here’s the top-ten list of the most-read projects from the Popular Woodworking website for all of 2008. By far, the most visited articles were shop-related projects starting with the “$175 Workbench” and the “I-Beam Work Island.” But simple storage projects like our “Traditional Entertainment Center” and “One Weekend Bookcase” also lead in popularity. So...

Gaining More Shop Space

You’d think a two-car garage would make a better woodworking shop than a one-car garage, right?  Generally correct, but when you don’t get sole use of the entire two-car garage for your shop, there are “compromises”. I recently moved into a new home (from my condo) and the thought of a two-car garage was...

Contest: Show Us Your "Cool Tools"

With Thanksgiving just around the bend, the pressure is looming for one of the hardest jobs of the year , holiday shopping. I’m not sure which is more difficult ,choosing what to purchase for your loved ones, or convincing them how much you need that new Lie-Nielsen plane. Although I can’t offer much help...

Popular Woodoworking Videos — Now on iTunes!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by our video host, Blip.tv, and a few clicks later many of our favorite Popular Woodworking videos were made available on iTunes. In fact, in just the few short days we’ve been live, our feed has made the front-page of iTunes Podcasts. If you take a look...