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 –...


Readers’ Favorite Woodworking Books

For the June 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine we asked readers: “If you could own only one woodworking book, what would it be?” We are still compiling the responses (it’s time-consuming), but we wanted you to be able to see the raw results so you can draw your own conclusions. In looking at...


Report: LVL Workbench After (Almost) 2 Years of Use

I find it curious that, more than a year after the November 2009 issue, I’m suddenly getting a spate of questions about the LVL Knockdown Workbench Editor Christopher Schwarz and I built. The most common question – and one that makes sense – is, “How has it held up?” We built the bench to...


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.


Birdhouses You Can Build in a Day

When it comes to building birdhouses, there are just a few rules to follow: The projects should be simple, fun and quick to build. And the finished result should easily attract your flying friends. "Birdhouses You Can Build in a Day" is filled with 51 complete plans for projects that...