Reader Questions

Get Started in Hand Tool Woodworking

Every week I get asked where to begin when trying to become a hand-tool woodworker. The snarky answer is, “I have no idea because I did it the wrong way.” There are as many different paths to take as there are woodworkers. So anything I write on this topic is sure to be dissected,...

Video: Roubo’s Folding Bookstand

If you are having trouble with the Roubo’s Folding Bookstand article from the February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, I urge you to attempt to lay out the joints on some wood and give it a try. If it still vexes you, however, then this short video might help. Disclaimer: This may or...

Questions (and Answers) About the Shaker Cupboard

Several readers have asked some questions about the Shaker Wall Cupboard I built for the February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (mailing now to subscribers). Here are the answers. Question: While I think it’s a handsome piece, where do you anticipate someone using it in their home? Do you actually advocate hanging this...

'Elementary Turning' Briefly Delayed

If you ordered the book “Elementary Turning” from ShopWoodworking.com, it will be slightly delayed. While we thought the book would be on its way to you today, it’s going to be a week or two because of a problem at the printer. By accident, the printer produced the book on newsprint instead of the...

Why Do This Crap By Hand?

QUESTION: Although I am not in the woodworking trades, my son is. And last year I offered to pay his tuition at Peter Follansbee’s workshop in North Carolina on riven-oak wood boxes. I showed him all the purty pictures on Peter’s blog chattering all the while about “how cool is this? Boards are split,...

Eggbeater Drills: Beaters and Beyond

Reader Aaron Cashion writes: “Watched your DVD about drawboring today after reading your ‘Workbenches’ book. Really enjoyed both. I had never heard of drawboring, and this will defintely be going into my arsenal. Where can I get a good eggbeater style hand drill? Are there new quality ones being made or should I go...

A Leg Vise Mystery

Woodworker LÃ?©vis ThÃ?©riault of Fredericton, NB, sent these interesting photos of a leg vise he purchased in an antique shop. The real head-scratcher here is the round post at the bottom of the chop. I haven’t seen a parallel guide like this that wasn’t threaded. LÃ?©vis questioned whether the woodworker perhaps used a block...

What is Not a Tool Mark?

Question: I often see dovetail layout lines left showing on the exterior of pieces. As I’m in final cleanup up of a blanket chest (yes, the Union Village chest from your article) the layout lines are still visible after I’ve got the piece smooth.  However, the lines do not uniformly show on all edges....

Those People Had Knives

Milford Brown writes: Since you are interested in the older hand-powered woodworking, I wonder what, if anything, you know about the history of marking knife use? I recently had occasion to dismantle an old pine blanket chest (because of extensive powderpost beetle damage in the sapwood edges of its top and bottom boards) that...