Author Archives: zdillinger


About zdillinger

A 29 year old Michigander, Zach is happily married to a librarian who constantly brings him wonderful books to read. Zach makes period reproduction furniture entirely with hand tools. You can see more of his work at

Don’t Miss the SAPFM Exhibition in Detroit, March 16 & 17

I’m thrilled to be a part of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers’s (SAPFM) event at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It is this weekend, March 16th and 17th. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday; 12-4 p.m. on Sunday. I will be there demonstrating how to cut dovetails by hand, both through- and...

What I learned at the Design Build Show

After spending a week at the Design Build Show in Boston with some of the region’s most talented furniture makers, it is safe to say I learned a few things… Here are the top 10, in no particular order. 1) Yes, Phil Lowe really is that good. Enough said. 2) Tommy MacDonald is even...

secret dovetail, miter dovetail

Secret Dovetails for the Rest of Us

I hate end grain. In my work, I take great pains to hide every square inch of it. This often means cutting joinery that is more involved. For example, on my spice chest, I could simply have used through-dovetails to join the top to the sides of the case. Like the original maker, I...

spice chest, walnut, William and Mary

Why Build a Spice Chest?

Editor’s note: We’re inviting our contributing editors and authors to write blog entries for us on all things woodworking – particularly related to articles they’re writing for the magazine. (We’re developing a new blog, the Popular Woodworking Contributors’ Blog, for that purpose, but for now, you’ll find these entries on the Editors’ Blog.) Below,...