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!

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...

Buying Hardwood Lumber – Two Approaches

Among the most often-asked questions we get are about buying lumber for a project. Although it seems to be a very basic question, and knowledgeable folks like us should have a quick answer, it isn’t as simple as going to the grocery store for ingredients for a meal. When you buy hardwood lumber, you’re...

Corded or Cordless, Which is More Green

We get a lot of woodworking-related questions from readers. Most deal with articles published in recent issues of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine. But often, we’ll be asked about projects from old issues , some from as far back as the early 1990s. And sometimes, we’ll receive ideas for future articles and other worthy...

Cutting Corners – You Don’t Need a Special Tool

I am planning to order a corner chisel, to use when I install hinges, and have seen several styles.  Which do you prefer? That’s a question I received from a reader, and the picture above shows the scenario he’s asking about. The piece of wood has a routed mortise with rounded corners. The corners...