Contributors’ Blog

We invite readers of and contributors to Popular Woodworking Magazine to submit entries for this blog about any aspect of woodworking – design, hand tools, power tools, inspiration, project builds (perhaps even an instructional how-to series on a build!), upcoming shows – anything woodworking that crosses their minds. Note that submissions are subject to approval by our staff, and approved submissions will be edited to conform with PWM style. No submissions that veer into politics, religion, etc. or could otherwise be read as inflammatory (as determined by the staff), or that are purely promotional posts, will be accepted. If you’d like to contribute to this blog, please send a note to Megan Fitzpatrick for more information and/or to get started.

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Hand Drafting Skill-builder FAQ

Q: Is there ever a time in the hand drafting process when you use paper with lines on it, such as graph paper? A: If I am out in the field and do not have a portable drafting setup, then graph paper is desirable paper to have on hand. The most common graph paper...

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Create a Linear Array in SketchUp

I’m currently working on a variation on L & J. G. Stickley’s No. 220 prairie settle. The settle’s three sides consist of frame and panels. Because I’m building a shorter version, I need to shorten the rails and resize the panels. Before SketchUp, I would have subtracted the combined width of the stiles from...

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A great box to have dinner with…

What discussion of shop-made boxes would be complete without something dovetailed? A common project for many woodworkers is a dovetailed box. It’s a great warmup for making drawers and larger scale projects. When I was learning to cut a traditional dovetail by hand, one of the first ‘real’ projects after practice joints and the...

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Working in the Round

As we continue to explore customized storage solutions from the workshop, a fun way to make an interesting container is to turn one. If you have (or have access to) a lathe and a little bit of turning experience you can quickly turn a nice lidded box. A round box? I’m a fan of...

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Aging 100 Years in a Day

Building customized storage solutions is one of the joys of being a woodworker. I never seem to have enough storage at home or in the shop. On days when I don’t have a lot of time in the shop, when I have some nice scraps I want to use or when I want a...

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From Melbourne to Winston-Salem

An e-mail recently landed out of the blue from Kevin Ireland (publisher of Popular Woodworking Magazine) with a bit of an inside scoop on the 2014 Woodworking In America. Last time I was in the U.S. selling tools at Woodworking in America in Pasadena, Calif., Kevin and I were having great chats and bouncing...

Stars

Make a Decorative Star with Paul Sellers

There’s something challenging about simplifying complexities that pulls something out of me. Years ago, a young apprentice I worked with was jumping through many hoops to make faceted stars for inlaying. Fingers and sticks inches from the chop saw blade gave me the willies. Of course you can set up machines to do this...

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Shop Stool Build-Off from Chris Wong

Eleven months ago, two planemakers decided to each build a scrub plane simultaneously and share progress pictures along the way. It was later dubbed the Scrub Plane Build-Off. The two planemakers were Scott Meek and me. The Inspiration On Saturday, I was tidying up in the shop and noticed that my shop stool was...

Limbert's No. 346 Magazine Stand in pine, finished with black milk paint and boiled linseed oil.

Building the Limbert No. 346 Magazine Stand

Note: If you missed my first post on this magazine stand, you might like to begin here. I may be overly fond of pattern routing, because any time I have more than one identical part, I immediately begin contemplating a new pattern. And that’s the approach I took when building this magazine stand: My...