Author Archives: Steve Shanesy

Steve Shanesy

About Steve Shanesy

Steve Shanesy is the former publisher (and former editor and senior editor) of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Following his retirement, he is now a contributing editor, blogging about what he's doing in his own shop.


Big Table Delivery

Last Saturday was an interesting day. My son, Hayes, and I delivered a large, private banquet room table to a popular restaurant that’s moving to a new downtown location in a couple weeks. He landed the job as part of an order for 15 or so other various-sized dining tables in the public part...


Pilot Holes, Clearance Holes & Countersinks

When assembling cabinet parts using screws, drilling a clearance hole with a countersink is a necessity. A pilot hole for the screw may or may not be necessary at all. What’s the difference between a clearance hole and a pilot hole? A clearance hole will allow a screw to pass through it without the...

At left, Sorby TurnMaster,  Easy Wood "Finisher" tool at right.

Easy Wood Tools and Sorby TurnMaster Compared

I learned to turn a number of years before Easy Wood Tools introduced its line of turning tools in 2010. These tools were different from more traditional turning tools – they were designed to make turning easier to learn for the beginner by greatly simplifying the techniques of how turning tools cut wood. Easy...


New Woodworking Machinery Company Enters Market

Baileigh Industrial, a company founded in 1999 and better known in the metalworking industry, has entered the woodworking market with a lineup of machinery that straddles the line between larger commercial equipment and goods for the serious home craftsman. Baileigh (pronounced Bailey) is headquartered in Manitowoc, Wis. Curious about the company’s product line, we’ve...

Comb-Back Chair by Curtis Buchanan

Chairmaker Curtis Buchanan’s Videos

Last fall I attended a two hour presentation at Woodworking in America by Windsor chairmaker Curtis Buchanan. Without a doubt, it was my favorite class of the event. Curtis has a combination of talents and skills that I found enthralling. As a teacher, he’s a natural with 30 years of chairmaking experience combined with...


Shaker Tall Clock, 14 Years Later

Back in the last century (in 1999) I built a Shaker tall clock similar to one made by famous Shaker clockmaker brother Benjamin Youngs. It was a Popular Woodworking Magazine project that has since found a permanent place in our home, giving me the opportunity to observe how it has aged. When I built...

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Find a Sawmill Operator

It’s not every day you need a sawmill operator to slice up a log that’s come into your possession, but when you do they can be hard to find. They don’t exactly grow on trees (sorry about that). Another problem is the nearly impossible task of moving a heavy log to a sawmill site....


Meet Thos. Moser Saturday in Northern Virginia

Thos. Moser furniture is staging an event this weekend, March 9-10, in Tysons Corner, Virginia. On Saturday, company founder and legendary furniture maker Tom Moser will be on hand to talk about the story of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers starting at 4 p.m. He’s inviting woodworkers and others interested in handcrafted furniture to the event....


Shop Tool and Storage Cabinet

When I was a new woodworker in the early 1980s I was in need of a general-purpose shop tool and storage cabinet. I had recently completed a cabinetmaking course at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College and was eager to put my new skills to work. At about the same time I signed on...