I’ve been a woodworker for a few decades now and read many a woodworking text and tome and have yet to read an article on how to sweep. Sweeping is the first job any woodworker learns but I find that there are actually few who can do it well, they stir up a cloud of … Read more
Mario Rodriguez of the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop has an article in our August 2013 issue (which mails to print and digital subscribers later this week, and is on newsstands June 25) that shows you how to build a clever table saw jig he uses to carve chair seats for his contemporary chairs; it’s a jig … Read more
I’m thrilled to be a part of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers’s (SAPFM) event at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It is this weekend, March 16th and 17th. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday; 12-4 p.m. on Sunday. I will be there demonstrating how to cut dovetails by hand, both through- and half-blind … Read more
After spending a week at the Design Build Show in Boston with some of the region’s most talented furniture makers, it is safe to say I learned a few things… Here are the top 10, in no particular order. 1) Yes, Phil Lowe really is that good. Enough said. 2) Tommy MacDonald is even funnier … Read more
Most of us share this pathological habit that’s hard to break.
By Peter Franks
I have a problem. A compulsion, really. It’s not as serious as, say, alcoholism, a food addiction or an unhealthy fascination with Megan Fox. But it’s a problem.
Fortunately, most people are too polite to point it out. Or they don’t even notice. But I do. And it’s bad. If I were a professional woodworker, it’s the sort of thing that could lose me customers.
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I hate end grain. In my work, I take great pains to hide every square inch of it. This often means cutting joinery that is more involved. For example, on my spice chest, I could simply have used through-dovetails to join the top to the sides of the case. Like the original maker, I chose … Read more
Editor’s note: We’re inviting our contributing editors and authors to write blog entries for us on all things woodworking – particularly related to articles they’re writing for the magazine. (We’re developing a new blog, the Popular Woodworking Contributors’ Blog, for that purpose, but for now, you’ll find these entries on the Editors’ Blog.) Below, you’ll … Read more