Required Reading

Here, you’ll find the blog posts that Christopher Schwarz (former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine and now a contributing editor), has identified as his favorites (by some mysterious measure) and/or most important. You’ll find woodworking hand tool techniques, videos, a look at some incredible vintage tools, visits with must-know woodworkers, tool reviews, book reviews, articles, musing on old tool patents, free book chapter downloads and more. And some of these are pleasingly controversial or just dang funny – these are absolutely worth a read.

Stanley Sells Delta; Will Move to S.C.

Stanley Black & Decker is selling the Delta brand, which will then move its operations to Anderson, S.C. The purchaser is TOTY, according to Popular Woodworking Magazine sources. TOTY is a Taiwanese company that currently produces many benchtop tools for Stanley Black & Decker, Craftsman and Ryobi. The new company will be renamed Delta...

An Old Patternmaker's Vice

I notice that in The Patternmaker you have been publishing some notices in regards to a new vise for use in the pattern shop, and I send you a sketch showing a vise which used to be quite common in the shop when I was a cub. As you seem to like to publish...

'Spons' in Stock. Your Eyes Will Thank Me

We just received our copies of “Spons on Carpentry & Joinery,” a 274-page reprint of an important 19th-century woodworking book. My vintage copy of Spons has always been one of the book at my right hand, but there was something I didn’t like about it. The typeface is tiny. And the pages were yellowed....

Dr. Adkins's Shop, Revisited

Usually I keep my pretty pink panties – how ever did you know? –  completely un-wadded, un-bunched and lying smoothly across my muppet-like hiney. I hope you’re not eating lunch right now. But the reaction I’ve received to the slideshow I posted last week of my visit to Dr. Kent Adkins’s shop in St....

'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...

From My Vault: 'Spons on Carpentry & Joinery'

My woodworking library is the backbone of the work I do in the shop. My books on furniture design train my eye to appreciate (and perhaps to draw) well-proportioned pieces. My books on tool techniques keep me out of the weeds when trying new joints or unfamiliar tools. But it’s my pre-industrial books on...

An Excerpt from Roy Underhill's Next Article

The February 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is off to the printer. And I can safely say that it contains one of my three favorite articles we’ve published since I started here in 1996. It’s Roy Underhill’s article titled “Roubo’s Folding Bookstand.” And while the article itself tells you how to build the...

Download a Free Excerpt from 'Elementary Turning'

Several people have asked if our historical reprint of “Elementary Turning for Use in Manual Training Classes” will include the original photos or drawings. Or if it will be a messy scan, like something you would download from GoogleBooks that is just barely readable. In other words, they are trying to ask (nicely) if...

Yearn to Turn? Here's the Book for You

Despite the fact that I stink at turning, I still keep at it. Sharpening the tools is no problem. And I can make basic shapes. What vexes me is combining the shapes to create the spindles I want for my chairs. I have read books (lots of them) on turning that are written by...