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!

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...

When the Photography Crew Goes Home

I talked with a friend tonight who’s never seen my house , except for the small bits of it in pictures that show up in the magazine. Apparently, he got his December 2009 issue, for which I built a Shaker-inspired bookcase. His question: “Are those really the books that are on it, or was...

A Customer Review: ‘Handplane Essentials’

Editor’s note: Normally we don’t bombard you with commercials here on the blog, so please forgive us this brief message. We’re quite proud of our “Handplane Essentials” book that came out this summer. The whole staff pulled together to put together this volume, which is a compilation of most of the stuff I’ve written...

How Much Glue Is Enough?

The Classic Huntboard article in Popular Woodworking June 2009  (issue #176) includes traditional and non-traditional construction methods. The traditional methods involve mortise-and-tenon construction where the case back and sides meet the legs. That’s cross-grain construction. The photo on page 45 (shown above) shows how the joint is divided and the caption explains why. In...

Use SketchUp for Full Size Patterns

SketchUp is a great free program for planning your work. But there is a tremendous amount of value to it even if you never draw a line. Printing out full size patterns is but one example. We’ve assembled a collection of models on Google’s 3D Warehouse, and have the same collection categorized on our...