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Call for Submissions: Treehouse Projects

Calling all woodworkers and Weekend Warriors! Have you designed and built a treehouse you’re proud of (either as a fun playhouse for your kid or something more elaborate such as a vacation home or woodland retreat)? Popular Woodworking Books is looking for fantastic treehouse projects to be part of an inspirational book for builders...


Rasp? Just Sand It!

Dale Barnard has been building furniture professionally for decades. And during a recent video shoot, it was very comforting to see that I wasn’t the only one breaking the rules on sanding. Building a Greene & Greene furniture piece means changing transition levels in the wood frequently. And that leads to either rasping, filing...

Passive Speaker

Wooden Passive Speaker: A Great, Easy-to-Make Gift

As a new addition to the Popular Woodworking editorial team I occasionally find myself getting sidetracked by some of the cool projects in the books I’m working on. Take this wooden passive speaker from from A.J. Hamler’s forthcoming book Build It With Dad, for example. Fun projects like this often start me thinking how I should make one for...

With this table, my kitchen is done!

Domino Table – Fast & Easy

  I’ve finally put the last piece on the kitchen puzzle in place; the rehab project is now officially done. It was this small table in a curved corner. I wanted something that continued the countertop run from the right side of the stove, but was moveable and more open than another boring base...

Lie Nielsen Float

Mathieson’s Stats

The float has arrived and is soon to be sharpened and used. In the meantime, and following on from the comment about the details of the plane, I’ll try and share some of the Mathieson magic. On that note: A very big thank you to anyone who has made the time to leave a...


‘Building the Portable Moravian Workbench’ DVD

Collectively, members of the Popular Woodworking Magazine staff past and present have spent a lot of time at Old Salem and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) – I’d say it adds up to at least two months. And of course, if you were at Woodworking in America 2014, you likely spent...

Windsor Chair Joints

Learning from Windsor Chair Joints

Any experience making or repairing chairs gives you a little bit of insight into how important the joinery is in chairs. And chairmakers have long used socket joints – joints made with a round hole and a round tenon – because they can be made quickly and easily. One problem: these are a rather weak...