Letters

A magazine isn’t really a magazine if it doesn’t have a place for letters from the readers. Here you can read responses to our woodworking blogs and articles, suggestions on woodworking tips and much more. Be a part of the fascinating discussion on working past and present by writing us a letter of your own, or commenting on any of the Popular Woodworking blogs. Some of the letters we receive inevitably make it into our actual print publication, so if you have something good to say, don’t be surprised if we share it with the rest of woodworking world. We hope to hear from you!

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Footstool’s Maloof-style Joinery Revealed

As managing editor, one of my duties is to pull together the “Letters” column for each issue, so please send in your questions or comments for me, the other editors or even for magazine contributors. We’ll do our best to provide answers as soon as we can. As I worked on the upcoming August...

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You Never Write, You Never Call…

The June issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine should now be in subscriber hands, and it was on newsstands as of Monday. So…we’d love to hear what you think (good and bad), answer any questions you may have, etc. about the articles therein. I’m always looking for questions and comments to use in our Letters...

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Shop-made Vortex Dust Collector Woks On

From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy this issue now In April 2011, I blogged about a new dust collector from JET (read it here). I also wrote about the new collector design in the August 2011 (issue #191) “Tool Test” column (download a copy here). The company hung a cone-shaped device in the...

An Unprofitable Morning

After last weekend’s orgy of tools, woodworking and back-breaking workbench moving at Woodworking in America, I decided to take a break today and buy some tools and old woodworking books , and move a huge metallic garden bench. This morning I woke up at 5 a.m. and headed down to Louisville, Ky., with Megan...

SketchUp for Woodworkers: Review and FAQ

Last week we released the first of two SketchUp “Shop Classes” in the BookShop. In the first class, “SketchUp for Woodworkers Part 1: Getting Started,” Robert W. Lang teaches you the essential techniques to use SketchUp for a variety of woodworking applications. Many have already purchased the on-demand video download and others have ordered...

Dirty Words in Popular Woodworking Magazine

Reader Herb Wofford writes: With the downturn in the economy and prices going up I have been considering which woodworking magazine(s) I will have to for go. Until the latest issue, Popular Woodworking Magazine was not being considered, but now I will not renew my subscription. Personally, I take offense to language that I...

Error in Cutting Lists

Gordon Humphrey writes: As (you are) past-editor of Woodworking Magazine (which I am more than a little sorry to see disappear), and still editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine and designer of the sideboard on the cover of the Summer 2009 issue of Woodworking Magazine (the featured project of that issue), I wish to call...