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.

Rohlf and Stickley floriform tables

Rohlfs & Stickley: A Case of Flowery Inspiration

Darrell Peart raised an interesting questions during my recent web seminar on “Unkown Arts & Crafts” for Popular Woodworking University. He noted the similarities between one of Rohlfs’ tables and the poppy table by Gustav Stickley and asked if one maker influenced the other. Both tables share a similar form — trunk-like slab legs...

The turned legs of this coffee table designed by Finn Juhl present a challenge for the latheless.

Design by Substitution

I’ve enjoyed Chuck’s and Bob’s posts on design and recently had cause to think about them while working on a coffee table for an upcoming book on Mid-Century Modern furniture. At the risk of over-simplifying, these posts suggest an axis for approaching furniture design: on the one end, evaluate a class of furniture and...

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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...

I select the stile I want to copy and distribute.

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...