Megan Fitzpatrick

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The Most Important Tool (for Early Saturday Morning)

We’re in the shop today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday) with a group of 10 visiting woodworkers to film a video on making a tricky three-legged Chinese Stool (long-time readers might recall this project from the Winter 2009 issue of Woodworking Magazine). The stool looks simple to build – but it’s not. The center...

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First Look: Bad Axe ‘American Kid’ Backsaw

Among the things I like about Mark Harrell’s Bad Axe saws is that there is a wide range of customization options on what are essentially production tools. That is, not only can you choose your filing and from among several plate thicknesses, you can also select from among back materials and colors, saw nuts...

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All for Want of a Proper Shop

My second-floor shop is freakishly neat. The bench is mostly bare and the majority of my hand tools are stashed in my chest. The “overflow” hand tools (yes, I have maybe one or two) are in various boxes or hanging neatly on the wall. On the other side of the room, my computer desk...

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‘The Practical Woodworker,’ Now Back in Print

Update: The books are sold out in our store. Both Lee Valley and Tools for Working Wood should soon have limited quantities available (keep your eyes peeled on their web sites). Given the surprisingly quick sell-through (many thanks for that), we may do another small run…but I’m not yet sure. Stay tuned. — Megan...

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Vote for Your Favorites in the PWM Excellence Awards

Voting is now open for the inaugural Popular Woodworking Magazine Excellence Awards, and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EDT, July 7, 2013. You can cast up to five votes per day – but only one in each of the five categories. When you click this link, you’ll see all the submissions (almost 200...

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Meet Matt Cianci – The ‘Saw Wright’

Matt Cianci’s initial forays into woodworking were as a luthier but his introduction to handsaws was born of necessity. “I had to furnish my house and I couldn’t afford to,” Matt says. “I made guitars, so I thought, ‘Hey! I can make furniture!’” So he learned to use a saw and other tools, and...

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Iconic Design – Wharton Esherick

Now that the June 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is off the newsstand, I’m free to share one of my favorite articles from it (for the no doubt very few of you who read this blog but don’t read the magazine). It’s Chuck Bender’s piece on Wharton Esherick. Not only does Chuck do...

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Make a Joint Stool, Make Some Friends & Have a Lot of Fun

Peter Follansbee tells me that in his “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” class at The Woodwright’s School, there are still a few seats available. The class runs from July 15-19 at Roy Underhill’s school in Pittsboro, N.C. You should go. I took this class during a blazing North Carolina summer two years...