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handplane essentials

The Making of ‘Handplane Essentials, Revised Edition’

When Scott Francis at Popular Woodworking Books asked me to revise my 2009 book “Handplane Essentials,” I thought it would be a short job. The plan was to add a handful of articles I’d written on specialty planes and update the text to accurately reflect toolmakers who had entered or left the market since...

Winners of the 1/4″ Mortise Chisels from Veritas

              Congratulations to our two winners (notified in the comments below): dau300wsm and cam2705 – and thank you again to Lee Valley for allowing us to give away these two Veritas Mortise Chisels. James McConnell (of The Daily Skep), wrote a tool review of the new Veritas mortise...

Join the Popular Woodworking Team!

Popular Woodworking is hiring a Web Producer to work on popularwoodworking.com, newsletters, social media and more – in short, all things related to the Popular Woodworking brand on the ’net. The Web Producer’s role is to be the online “face” of Popular Woodworking and increase both traffic to and revenue from the website(s), E-newsletters,...

Compression Bits

Compression Bits. CNC Tooling Basics for Woodworkers: Part Three

Part Three: More End Mill & Router Bit Details In my last post, the focus was on the cutting edges, or flutes, along the sides of an end mill. If you’ve missed the previous segments on CNC mills, here’s the intro and part one. As suggested earlier, two-flute end mills designed for woodcutting and router...

Tool Lubrication & Asher’s First Eggbeater Hand Drill – Part 2

Giving a toddler an open-geared eggbeater hand drill is risky business because the gears can pinch their fingers and ultimately scare them away from woodworking tools for a while. Therefore, the logical solution is an enclosed-gear drill. Many companies used to make them (see the Stanley Continental No748A, and Stanley 610 for example) but...

CNC Tooling Basics, Part 2: End Mill & Router Bit Design

As I mentioned in my “CNC Tooling Basics for Woodworkers” post and the introduction, there are a lot of little details that go into the design of CNC end mills and router bits. Only a few are important for most digital woodworkers, so, this is a streamlined primer focused on the basic details you...

helical head cutters for a jointer

Learn About Jointer Knives From Doug Dale

In the video below, Doug Dale discusses the evolution of jointer knives, and shows how he changes the segmented cutters on a helical head.If you’ve ever been to the Marc Adams School of Woodworking outside Indianapolis, you’ If you’ve ever been to the Marc Adams School of Woodworking outside Indianapolis, you’ve surely met Doug...

Workshop Setup & Handplanes: Two Books on the Horizon

One of my resolutions for the new year is to post more updates about our progress with book projects and share tips or ideas I learn from them … and so, a quick update from your friendly neighborhood book editor: We have a couple of great titles coming down the pike. I’m currently editing “The Practical Workshop” which...