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.

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...

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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...

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Don’t Miss the SAPFM Exhibition in Detroit, March 16 & 17

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...

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What I learned at the Design Build Show

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...

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A Woodworking Disorder

Most of us share this pathological habit that’s hard to break. By Peter Franks Page 64 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...

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Secret Dovetails for the Rest of Us

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...

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Why Build a Spice Chest?

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,...