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!

Should You Make a Cheap Bench First?

Question: I was planning to make a. . .good, fast, cheap workbench, as I think Bob Key called his design some years ago: fir or pine legs and top, Record face vise, and. . .well, some sort of end vise.  Then, after I used it for a year or two, make another bench with...

What Happened to the New Stanley Chisels?

Question: Any news on the “premium” Stanley Chisels you reported on in 2008? I use a pair of Everlasts everyday on site and in the shop that were handed down from my uncle. There are were four in the set but he managed to break two of the blades. Well, he was a fine...

Tall Case Clock Design

I’ve been researching tall case clocks with an eye on building one for my home. but I’m troubled by the general lack of good proportioning in most if not all the design , the clocks have such large hoods, and small feet and bases in relationship to the body of the clock height. They...

Making Your Own Wooden Screws?

Question: After reading your latest article on the joinery bench, my son and I have agreed to build one for each of us to use in a room in the house away from the elements of an unheated or air conditioned garage work shop.  I also have a couple of other “hobbies” that I...

How to Excavate Large Mortises

Question: I know you get thousands of questions everyday, but I thought I’d ask (being the noob woodworker i am).  I’m building my first workbench (been reading your blog, great stuff), and am a bit stumped on how to tackle the large mortise-and-tenon joints for the legs.  I can’t use a normal pig sticker/mortise...

Where to Get Horse Stall Mats?

We’ve had several readers ask where we got our horse stall mats featured in the Feb. 3, 2010, newsletter. Reader Ken Zeiszler offer this advice: I have my entire shop cover with these mats.  They do make it difficult to roll items around but they do save the feet and the tools. They can...

Why Can't I Tame This Countertop?

Question: First off, thanks for compiling your hand plane articles into one nice volume (“Handplane Essentials”) , I’ve enjoyed reading it, and go back to it for reference.  Second, I’m not a total novice with hand planes, but I’m no pro either , I’ve successfully set up my No. 7 Record, and flattened my...