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.

The Best of the New Stuff in Our Store

Our bookstore got a lot bigger this week – more than 500 new titles. And we didn’t just fill it with junk. Publisher Steve Shanesy has been working for the last few months on selecting the best books and DVDs from a variety of publishers (even our competitors). If you’ve been to a bookstore...

November 2010 Arts & Mysteries, Page 27

Soon, subscribers will start receiving their November 2010 issues of Popular Woodworking Magazine , and therein, they’ll find that I fell down on the job. In between our final page layouts and conversion of the files for our printer, one page, page 27, had a type-conversion problem. And at the final approval stage, I...

Preview: Peter Follansbee's '17th Century New England Carving'

Watch this beautiful preview of the new DVD from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks on Peter Follansbee’s “17th Century New England Carving,” which will be available in early fall 2010. You’ll get to see some of Peter’s work and Plimoth Plantation, where he works. If you’re not in love with 17th-century furniture and methods, this preview (and...

A Document that is Patently Amazing

I like reading about workbench patents as much as I like movies about gladiators (which is a lot). So here’s how to prove your bench geekiness, and it won’t cost a penny (except for the bandwidth). Jeff Burks has compiled almost 2,000 pages of United States patent papers and drawings related to workbenches and...

See David Brookshaw's Incredible Work this Fall

David Brookshaw has been making amazing tools since 1988 — many of them miniatures that have appeared in some of the gorgeous tool books from Sandor Nagyszalanczy, including the cover of “Tools: Rare and Ingenious.” This November, Brookshaw is coming to Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Miniaturia show Nov. 6-7, where he’ll be showing his...

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Winner of Our Pomposity Contest

If we ever change the name of our magazine to Erudite Blowhard Wood Finery, I know exactly where to get the headlines for all the projects we’ll publish: The comments on this blog entry. We had more than 90 readers enter our contest to come up with the most pompous name for a piece...

Free Sample: 'Exercises in Wood-Working'

This has been one of our busiest years ever at Popular Woodworking Magazine. Plus, I have been in many foreign lands with exotic cultures and their own languages: France, England, North Carolina. As a result of my travels, I haven’t had a chance to introduce you to some of the interesting stuff we have...

New Book: 'Flexner on Finishing'

Let’s say your table saw’s guard is painted black. And you’ve figured out that if you put a piece of wood under it in a certain way, that usually it comes out cut like you intended. But sometimes not. After all, you can’t see what’s going on under that guard. This sounds ridiculous, I...

Contest: Give Your Furniture a Pompous Name

I know I am going to get flack for this, but I cannot help myself. Last week we received two copies of a cool new book in the mail , “500 Cabinets: A Showcase of Design & Craftsmanship” (Lark). The book is (though I didn’t count the cabinets) a collection of 500 designs from...