Personal Favorites

When we like something – a tool, a book or a web site – we tag it as one of our “Personal Favorites.” That’s what you’ll find here. Whether it’s from our Editor’s Blog or a woodworking article from the magazine, you’ll find it here. We may rant about a sandpaper that really is worth twice the price of any other, a piece of furniture that strikes us piece of furniture that in just the right way, or a great price on one of our favorite books500 Year Old Shaving Horses , you’ll find it here.

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A Hidden Gem: ‘Building Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture’

If you are a student of Arts & Crafts furniture, don’t be put off by the too-generically titled “Building Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture” by Michael Crow. This book should be more properly titled “The Genius of Limbert Furniture Designs.” This book is narrowly focused on 33 designs produced by Charles Limbert’s furniture factory...

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A Close Look at H.O. Studley’s Vises

Once you are able to rip your eyes off of H.O. Studley’s magnificent tool chest, you can spend almost as much time looking at the benchtop and vises of the Massachusetts piano maker. On Monday, Don Williams, the author of a forthcoming book on Studley, and Jameel Abraham of Benchcrafted spent the morning taking...

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Highly Recommended: ‘The Practical Woodworker’

I was going to write about these books when they were first republished, but by the time I got around to it, ShopWoodworking.com had sold out. “The Practical Woodworker” edited by Bernard E. Jones is a one of the backbones of a good library on the craft of woodworking and is now back in...

A "Robo" bench I am building with the help of "Lee-Nelson" planes.

Things that Get Mispronounced in Woodworking

When you learn woodworking through reading – books, magazines and websites – you often have no idea how certain words are pronounced. And so when you finally encounter fellow woodworkers in the flesh and have a conversation, there can be a language barrier. Here are some of the common mispronounced words I have encountered at...

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On Steve Shanesy’s Last Day

All woodworking stories are – by definition – somewhat sappy. This one is even more so. The day I met Steve Shanesy I was a burned-out writer, designer and editor. I was managing a newspaper that was swirling around the rim of the toilet bowl. I was writing about politics – something I didn’t...

My collection of edge-trimming planes.

Lessons from Tools on High (the High Shelf, That is)

For the last three years I have been paring down my working tool set to the bare minimum by selling off or giving away many of the tools that I amassed while working at Popular Woodworking Magazine. It was so cathartic I wrote a book about it called “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” which is...

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Arno Burnisher: The One True No-fail Burnisher

Sometimes it’s not you. Sometimes, it is the tool that is causing the problem – especially if we are talking about burnishers. The following scene has been repeated so many times during the last seven years that it is beginning to feel like “Groundhog Day” for me. Woodworker: I can’t turn a hook on...

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New DVD of 1995-2012 Magazine Issues Catches You Up

While I love printed magazines and books, I am a huge fan of electronic books and magazines – especially when doing research on a project or technique. Plus, pdfs allow me to carry an entire woodworking library on my laptop, which is handy for traveling. So I am eager to get my hands on...