Article Index Megan Fitzpatrick


Contemporary Cabinet

The inspiration for this simple build hangs on a live-edge piece of walnut. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 26-31 A contemporary look and no dovetails: Those were my self-imposed rules for this cabinet design. I’ve just completed a remodel on my kitchen, you see, with shop-built Shaker-style cabinets and a passel of hand-dovetailed drawers. I needed a...


The Rule of Three

Grind, hone, polish: the basics of all sharpening.

by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 20-21

Among the fundamental skills necessary for good woodworking, I’d put knowing how to sharpen your edge tools at the top of the list. Even if you consider yourself a power-tool woodworker, I’ll bet you have at least a chisel (or two) and a block...

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Good Woodworking Reads

Today, I was coding the “Great Woodshops” article on Jeff Miller that Christopher Schwarz wrote for our February 2012 issue, and I categorized it in our back end under “interviews.” (It’s an online extra to go with Jeff’s February 2014 article…yes, I’m a little late on getting that done.) On the front end, when...


Mighty Router Planes

This powerful precision tool belongs in every woodworker’s arsenal. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 53-55 If you’re a woodworker who prefers to plug things in, you know there are still at least a few hand tools you need. And when it comes to planes, you likely have a block plane in your toolbox. I, however, think a router...


Kelly Mehler’s Plate Rack

Add pizazz to your kitchen with contemporary curves. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 40-44 For years, I’ve been trying to cajole Kelly Mehler to write an article for us on one of his many areas of woodworking expertise: building custom pieces that emphasize the beauty of carefully selected hardwoods. And I haven’t given up on that quest – but...

Autumn Doucet, Figured Cherry Chest

Woodworking Excellence

Find inspiration in this award-winning work of your fellow readers. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 32-38 Buy this issue now As a mechanism to show off the amazing work done by you, our readers, this year we held our inaugural “PWM Excellence Awards.” Via social media, we invited submissions in five categories: Boxes & Smalls, Seating, Tables, Cabinets...


Shaker Blanket Chest

This piece from White Water Village shows a Southern influence. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 24-31 Buy This Issue Now A typical for Shaker blanket chests, this piece (a near replica of an extant example built at Union Village and now at the White Water Shaker Village) has half-blind dovetails on all corners. The layout – side...


Woodworking Essentials: The Hole Story

Discover a bit about clean, accurate boring. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 58-59 There are many tools in modern woodworking you can use to bore holes: powered drills (both corded and cordless), drill presses, hand-powered eggbeater drills, braces and more. Drill presses are the powered method of choice when accuracy is important. Battery-operated drills are convenient and fast. Corded...


Veritas Handsaw File Holder

By Megan Fitzpatrick Page 18 Some woodworkers – myself included – are leery of filing their own saws. But this new saw file holder from Veritas takes away some of the fear by “tricking” you (through both tactile and visual cues) into holding triangular saw files in the correct orientation for your desired tooth geometry. Article: