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Workbench Design

Workbench Review: A Classic Joiner’s Bench

As always I’m very grateful to anyone who makes the time to comment on my postings here, and I do my best to respond in a helpful manner. On the back of my last write up on the wooden try squares, Shawn was kind enough to ask a question about my workbench and in...

James Hamilton

5 Tips for Your Homemade Workshop

James Hamilton, also known as Stumpy Nubs to his throng of online fans, is an advocate for constantly finding new and innovative ways to streamline workflow in the shop. Whenever a problem arises or something seems like it should be easier he frantically eats a donut and then sets his mind to finding a solution...

My W. Butcher gouge and its handle. Notice how elegant does the tang look

Restore a Gouge Handle, Part 2

Re-setting a tang into a loose handle is a challenge I take often, but in the case of my newly acquired W. Butcher gouge, I wanted to do the job with extra reverence. I was so impressed by the quality of my new – but actually very old – gouge, that I was willing...

Thread Chest

Award-winning Woodworking from PWM Readers

I announced the winners during the keynote session at Woodworking in America last Saturday, and the digital version of the November 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine e-mailed late yesterday (check your in-box if you’re a susbcriber). So forthwith I give you the winners of the 2015 PWM Excellence Awards. Please join me in...

Crackle Paint board

Learn to Finish Wood

As I get more experienced with woodworking, I find finishing to be one of the most intimidating topics. How am I, or anyone for that matter, supposed to be comfortable with finishing when there are so many choices? How to acquire the knowledge and skills to know the proper ways to finish a project,...


‘Marking & Measuring’

You’ve been there before – a gap in a mitered frame, an expensive board cut a fraction too short, maybe even chopped a mortise on the wrong side. You might have even measured twice…but good intentions aren’t going to save that piece of expensive lumber. In “Marking & Measuring: 11 Articles to Help You Zero In on Perfect Work,”...

This is the lot of five chisels and three gouges that I won on eBay. At a cost of $34 I think it was a very good deal.

Restore a Gouge Handle, Part 1

For me, as well as for many other woodworkers (see Graham Haydon’s recent entry on his chisel), eBay is a great resource for good-quality tools. When an item is well described, correctly identified and accurately photographed, the risk we take by bidding is small – yet it is very likely that the bidding war...

Wooden Try Squares (2)

Make Wooden Try Squares

I had fancied making some wooden try squares for a while and reading Joshua Klein’s post on Romanticizing Tools was a final nudge to get them done. Before embarking upon making them I also made the time to catch up with Roy Underhill & Chris Schwarz on the Woodright’s Shop where Chris demonstrates how he makes...


Vintage Steel at the Hand Tool Olympics

This week, at Woodworking in America in Kansas City, Mo., a saw almost a century old will find a new home with the winner of the Crosscuts Event at the Hand Tool Olympics (HTO). The HTO events – held in the WIA Marketplace at the Sheraton Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street in Kansas City...