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.

Is Megan a Supreme Woodworker?

This week Megan Fitzpatrick, our managing editor, is in Washington, D.C., to allegedly visit her mother and fix stuff around her mom’s house. But this morning my boss, Steve Shanesy, may have uncovered the truth. The U.S. Supreme Court is looking for a cabinetmaker to supervise its six employees who repair and modify the...

Poll: You Can Have One Woodworking Book

We are currently at work on our June 2011 issue, which we have dubbed “The Bookcase Issue,” and it is the first jab at steering the magazine’s content so that the articles relate to each other in obvious and sometimes not-obvious ways – a la Woodworking Magazine, may she rest in peace. To that...

Roy Underhill on the Bookstand

Perhaps the bookstand article called for more matter and less art. My director once joked about my PBS efforts as being a “woodworking show – and less!” And it’s true – I tend to overbalance the “what and how” with a lot of “who and why.” In this case, I began the Roubo bookstand...

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....