Make Your Own Hand tools

I’ve turned hollow mortise chisels into square punches, refashioned chisels and their handles, made a number of scratch stocks, ground steel bar stock into embossing punches and a made a few other quick tools. And I’ve built a few wooden, Krenov-style handplanes over the years – I had a fine time and wound up...

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Revamped Moser’s ‘Shaker Furniture’

We were excited about the opportunity to bring Thomas Moser’s “How to Build Shaker Furniture” up to today’s publishing standards. While the book has been an inspiration to many, it hadn’t been updated in 30 years. What’s the difference? Take a look at the two photos below for an example of old and new....


Inspired by Thomas Moser

For more than 30 years, Thomas Moser’s “How to Build Shaker Furniture” has inspired woodworkers. With the release of the new and completely reworked signature edition, we want to hear (and see) how you were inspired. If you have a tale about how the book or the man inspired your woodworking, leave a comment...


We’d Love to Hear What You Think

Every time I write about a new product (such as the new “Sharpen Your Handsaws” DVD from Ron Herman), a day or two later, I remember something about which I forgot to write…and that is that we want to know what you think about the DVDs, books, CDs, etc. you’ve bought from us. As...


Two New PW Books at WIA

We hope you’ll stop by and take a look at the many books (and more) that we’ll have available at our Marketplace booth during the 2011 Woodworking in America Conference, but here’s a peek at the two newest Popular Woodworking Books titles we’ll have at the show: Furniture in the Southern Style Furniture from...


‘Handplane Essentials’ – Now Available in Byte Size

After hours and hours and hours of work (please, some kind soul, send Vodka), I was finally able to get “Handplane Essentials,” by Christopher Schwarz, into a PDF format that plays nice with all PDF-equipped eReaders. The Boring Stuff This is more information that you no doubt want, but the problem seems to be...


New Book on Southern Furniture: What Pieces Would You Include?

If you’re a student of furniture, furniture scholar, woodworker or just looking for another creative outlet, it’s a good thing that you stopped by to read this post. Popular Woodworking Magazine sent two editors (Yay, me!) to the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and to Old Salem – both in Winston-Salem, NC –...


The New Traditional Woodworker Shipping Soon

I just received my advance copy of Jim Tolpin’s new book, The New Traditional Woodworker, and even though I was very involved with putting the book together, it’s always a pleasant surprise to see the finished product. I’m proud of this one! Beyond the fact that Jim has put together an excellent teaching platform...

Installing A Dimmer Switch

Adding a dimmer switch can quickly change the mood and comfort level of any room. With basic tools, fifteen minutes and these step-by-step instructions you'll be able to control your environment with the flick of a switch.