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The PWM Shop Blog (formerly called the Editors’ Blog) is your reliable source of woodworking information, videos and advice from seasoned woodworkers, and the best place to learn the latest happenings in the woodworking industry and the woodworking online community.

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Going Digital

How I Started in Digital Woodworking I had a long career as a designer. Long enough that I started out using traditional design tools, techniques and methods. So, when digital tools for designers first became available in the early 80’s, I jumped in. Even though the first design and publishing software programs were pretty basic,...

Popular Woodworking in America

Popular Woodworking in America Recap

I’ve just gotten caught up on work (and made a dent in my Dutch tool chest build) after Popular Woodworking in America last weekend, and I wanted to recap my experience at the conference. With so many great speakers and a marketplace that begged to empty my wallet, it’s hard to pick my favorite aspects...

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Hand Tool Olympics: Post-Game Wrap-Up

Well, another Popular Woodworking in America has come and gone. It was a fine time indeed, meeting and greeting our readers and contributors, but, like all good things, the end (alas) was inevitable. As attendees returned to their homes and shops to recover, our staff headed back to the office to work on new...

CNCs in a Workshop

Woodworking + Digital: Tim Celeski

These Two Can Be a Great Combination For many years, Popular Woodworking has been an important resource for learning and an inspiration to many woodworkers – including myself. Whether it’s a new technique to learn, a skill to perfect, a tool to consider, a design to be inspired by or a plan to build, the...

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PWIA & Cincinnati: Where to Eat; What to Do (Beyond Woodworking)

If your family is coming along with you to Woodworking in America, there’s plenty for them to do in Cincinnati while you’re at the conference. And there’s plenty of good food. The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (an impressive Art Deco building just west of downtown Cincinnati) houses three museums (plus an Omnimax...

Live Edge Class

Live Edge Class at Peters Valley: Colm’s “Y” Table (B)

After Colm created all the tenons, he attached a clamp to the foot of each leg and staged a few options for leg locations: closer to each other, further apart, etc. After a few trials he settled on the configuration that seemed the most compelling in terms of overall balance – both metaphorically and literally....

WIA 2013 Hand Tool Olympics

Popular Woodworking in America 2016: The Hand Tool Olympics

If you’re coming to Popular Woodworking in America this weekend…oh, what’s this “if” business? You’re definitely coming! With all the speakers, sessions and cool stuff to see, I feel safe assuming you won’t miss out on all the educational fun and inherent rowdiness that comes with this annual gathering of woodworkers and sawdust aficionados....

Parquetry

Pictures in the Pattern: Simple Parquetry Techniques

A few years ago (okay maybe more than that) picture mosaics were all the rage. Making a single large image from lots of smaller images arranged in a planned pattern by color and “pattern”. Whenever I saw one of those images, the woodworker in me always thought of the ancient art of parquetry. Essentially...

SketchUp

Get to Know SketchUp

SketchUp is a fantastic design tool for woodworkers. It can also be a bit intimidating. My first time working with the program involved drawing a few odd shapes trying to get a grasp of the tools. A few clicks later I found myself wondering what on Earth was going on. My test sketch had...