Megan Fitzpatrick

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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...

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‘Bench Duck’ – New Workholding from Veritas

At the HandWorks show in Amana, Iowa, last month, Veritas introduced publicly its newest innovation in workholding – a cam-lever hold-down that to me, looks like a duck. So until I’m told the official name of the tool, I’m calling it a Bench Duck. (I’ll likely call it that even after I know the...

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Work(wo)man’s Compensation

Note the wheel in the lower right corner – ouch. No, I didn’t drop a chisel on my foot or get bit by the table saw. But I did run into challenges of several sorts in the shop this weekend while working on a Shaker blanket chest with half-blind dovetails for an upcoming issue,...

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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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A Two-day Traditional-looking Tool Chest

As regular blog readers know, I have too many tools with no home – so I’ve been building an “Anarchist’s Tool Chest” – a traditional English chest – a la Christopher Schwarz’s book on the subject. And as regular readers know, I’ve been building it since…oh…since many months ago (I’m almost done – really!...