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Chuck Bender, Senior Editor, Popular Woodworking Magazine

I am beyond delighted to announce that Charles “Chuck” Bender is Popular Woodworking Magazine’s new senior editor. He’ll be writing project and technique articles (lots of articles) for the magazine and web site, serving as one of our a technical editors, handling tool reviews and Tricks of the Trade, answering e-mails from you on...

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Online Shaker Lap Desk Class FAQ

As promised in last week’s post about the online Shaker Lap Desk class, here are some answers to the most common (and a few less common) questions about the class. First off, what the class is: The online Shaker Lap Desk class is four pre-recorded episodes detailing the construction of a Shaker Lap Desk...

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Build a Shaker Lap Desk with Chuck Bender in an Online Class

Three weeks from today, Popular Woodworking and I begin something new: an online class. Now I’m sure you’re thinking, “online classes aren’t unique” – and you’d be right. The difference with this class is the project and the skills you’ll learn by taking it. I’ve teamed up with Popular Woodworking to bring you one...

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Advice from Experts Bender & Breed

I recently stumbled across a short but interesting video from The Furniture Project in which Alan Breed and frequent Popular Woodworking Magazine contributor Charles Bender discuss a Seymour-inspired chair made by North Bennet Street student Timm Scheliff. For those unfamiliar with The Furniture Project, it’s a relaunch of the WoodExpo show in Boston and a great...

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Just Plane Round

An exercise in dowel-making without a lathe. By Charles Bender Pages: 46-49 From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now. During my formative years as a woodworker my instructor, Werner Duerr, taught many lessons both subtle and gross. Sometimes it wasn’t until years later that I learned the benefit. Toward the end of the first year,...

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Chester County Style

This Pennsylvania area developed unique and recognizable furniture. By Charles Bender Pages: 52-55 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now From its green rolling hills in the south and plains-like farmland in its middle to the nearly mountainous terrain in the north, the topography of Chester County, Penn., is as diverse as its people and,...

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In the Shop with Rough Cut Woodworking

Last week, I had an opportunity to sit in on the first “In shop” taping of the second season of Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac. I was in Boston to write a piece about Tommy and the show for an upcoming issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (PWM). In fact, PWM contributor, Chuck Bender...