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!

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...

A Proper Bench for Bob-Answers and Revisions

Because my last post generated a lot of response, I’m posting some more pictures of the bench I’m planning to build, and I’ll answer some of the questions raised. A lot of the changes in the drawing below were in my head, but hadn’t appeared in the drawing. The original post was a spur...

Won't the Shaker Firewood Box Explode?

Reader John Griffin-Wiesner writes: Just got the new Popular Woodworking issue yesterday (February 2008). Another fine issue! I am confounded by the Shaker wood box. How are the front and back panels supposed to move being nailed to the sides which have the grain running vertically?Answer: Great question. The answer is: nails. Lots of...

Answers to Bicycle Lathe Questions

Don Weber’s Bicycle Lathe article in the August 2007 issue (#163) has sparked a lot of interest and questions. So below, Don has provided answers to some of the repeat questions. He’s also working on a plan drawing for constructing a bicycle lathe; we’ll let you know as soon as the plan is available,...

Finishing & More on Finishing

After the article “Finishing Formulas” ran in the April 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, I’ve received many questions from woodworkers that don’t have the ability to spray on a finish. Another came in just the other day. They all state they’re ready to finish their latest project, and can these same spray finishing...

Do you need a Sugar Chest Leg?

I’ve received many phone calls and emails about the sugar chest article in the June 2007 issue of Popular Woodworking. And many questions about the legs, in particular. Everyone wants to know if I have a source for the legs , somewhere where they can just buy them instead of turning each piece. Sorry....