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.

Front view of Bill's tool chest with doors opened.

Woodworking Ideas – Customizing Your Tool Chest From the Inside Out

Bill Rainford, traditional joiner, has been writing guest posts for us this summer. Thanks for all of these amazing woodworking ideas, Bill! Today we are featuring a piece on the principles behind customizing your tool chest, especially the interior. –Dan What Does Your Tool Chest Say About You? The spartan exterior of many traditional...

Brownell

Woodworkers, Plan Your Wood-buying Pilgrimage

2013 has been a tough year to compete when it comes to woodworking event “stuntery.” With gatherings like Handworks in Amana, Iowa, The French Oak Roubo Build, Woodworking in American 2013, and even the telephone design game in Woodchat, it’s hard to break through the clutter. I do, however, think I’ve got one that...

The Telephone Game – Woodworking Version

All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better. - Ralph Waldo Emerson You know what the Telephone Game is, right?  One person starts by whispering a phrase into the next person’s ear and that person whispers what they heard to the next person and this continues down the line.  By the time...

mikeSwithbroom

To Sweep; To Sweep: Perchance to Clean

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...

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Scoop a Chair Seat on the Table Saw with Mario Rodriguez

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...

A great set of hand tools for today's shop!

Beginning Woodworking – Secrets of Sloyd

Bill Rainford is a young and driven craftsman in whom I think you’ll find a lot in common. Voraciously self-taught at first, Bill went on to graduate from the Preservation Carpentry Program at one of New England’s premier craft schools. He now teaches workshops at that school (North Bennet Street), serves as adjunct faculty...