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Mike Siemsen is a woodworking expert set to speak at the Woodworking in America 2015 event in Kansas City.

A Boring Embarrassment from the Past

I just talked with Mike Siemsen about running the Hand Tool Olympics (HTO) at Popular Woodworking in America 2016. Once again, he’s graciously agreed to wrangle his crew of expert hand-tool woodworkers to run the competition (and teach folks who are new to the included “sports”) for the 2016 conference (in the Marketplace Sept....

saw sharpening

How to Sharpen Saw Blades

This article originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine “Saw Sharpening 101” by Matt Cianci pages 36-39 We’ve all been there: You reach for your saw in the middle of a project, and before you start the cut, you drag your finger along the teeth and say to yourself, “Meh…they’re sharp enough.” But...

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Make a Scraper Plane

I just chatted with Linda Rosengarten of Hock Tools about Woodworking in America 2016 (Hock Tools will be in the Marketplace Sept. 16-17, along with many other top-quality makers), being too busy, and scraper planes. Linda is working on an upcoming newsletter for Hock Tools (click here, then click on “Hock Tools’ Newsletter” to...

Paul Sellers

Paul Sellers Joinery Workshop at Gil Arad’s Woodworking School

In late June 2016 I visited Israel and attended Paul Sellers’s Fundamental Hand-Tool Joinery Workshop which took place at Gil Arad’s Woodworking School outside of Jerusalem. For Paul it was his first visit to Israel, and for Israeli woodworkers – amateurs and professional alike – it was a rare opportunity to learn from one...

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Most Common Treehouse Mistakes

If you’re someone who builds things (and as a PW reader, it’s a safe bet that you are), chances are at some point you’ve daydreamed about building a treehouse. But in order to make the dream a reality there’s a lot more to it than just nailing some boards into a tree. That’s why Django...

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Book Giveaway: How to Build Bookcases & Bookshelves

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to duckfarmer27, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of“How to Build Bookcases & Bookshelves,” it is currently available for pre-order.  It’s always fun to see the new books show up. Popular Woodworking Books’ latest offering,...

Working Wood by Simon James

Modern Hand Tool Methods for Furniture

As an editor, my work involves poring over woodworking books. And as guy who’s trying to learn a bit of woodworking and build a few things in my spare time, that’s not a bad way to spend the workday. In addition to the books I develop for Popular Woodworking, I also look through our...

Wooden Flowers

Wooden Flowers to Keep the Critters Away

What do you do when the critters outside eat your flowers? If you ask Jon Slaton, he will tell you that the best thing to do is to make some wooden flowers and stick them in your pots. Jon, who lives in the Ozark mountains in Missouri, wrote to me after reading the story...

restoring a saw

Restoring a Vintage Saw Part 1: Assessing the Damage

Now that I have been at Popular Woodworking for a while, and finally settling into my new home (apartment), it’s time to do some actual woodworking. While it’s true that I have a laundry list of furniture that I want to build (or my better half wants built), I think I will wait a...