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Small Roubo Workbench, Anarchist's Tool Chest

Weekend Medicine Cabinet Project

As many of you know, I recently bought a new (old) house. Though I’m still waiting on my roofer to finish up work on the porch roof (grrrrr), most of the major “must do immediately” stuff is done (read: I now have A/C, and a furnace that was built during my lifetime). Last night,...

Cross dissolve Toshio Odate Talking Japanese Tools

A Few Days with Toshio Odate

If you follow us (@pweditors) on Twitter (and/or you follow me @1snugthejoiner), you know we were in Connecticut in May to visit with and film a couple videos with Toshio Odate. When I wasn’t on camera (ugh), I was on Twitter (and Facebook and Instagram) sharing iPhone shots of Toshio’s “gallery.” “Gallery” is a...

Using a bench hook

Super Easy Bench Hook

Popular Woodworking already has a comprehensive guide on making and using a bench hook full of good information, so I hesitated for a moment before adding my particular version. However, I thought it worthwhile because there are many ways to skin a cat, I have some board left over from the last two projects, and...

Stanley metal spokeshave in parts

Spokeshaves – Rehab and Sharpening

We have a new “Kit of the Month” – Sharpening Essentials – available now in our store, which includes Ron Hock’s stellar book “The Perfect Edge” as well as a side-clamp honing guide, “The Last Word on Sharpening” DVD by Christopher Schwarz and “Sharpen your Handsaws” DVD by Ron Herman, as well as several...


Share with Others

I have a love hate relationship with Art and Farmers’ Markets. Places that have been putting food on the table and paying rent for our school these past three years. My experience has been they are a lot of hard work, yet every hour you work them your return on actual product diminishes (labor...

Peters Valley craft store/gallery

Consider Selling Your Beautiful Woodwork in a Local Crafts Store

The campuses of crafts schools often house a gift shop or a gallery where artisans who taught there, took classes or became known to the school sell their work. Often a school’s store is the only showcase in the area for refined American crafts, a place where potters, woodworkers, blacksmiths, weavers and other makers...

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

Mike Siemsen: Woodworking in America 2015

When Mike Siemsen started work on a reproduction of an Aaron Willard tall case clock built in 1799, he had a lot of help – much of it invisible to others. There was his father, who taught Siemsen basic carpentry skills and a solid work ethic; there was Grant Francis, his high school shop...

Shaker Bench

Shaker-style Bench

Making the tool tote in my previous post and this Shaker-style bench has been very satisfying. It’s been a while since I’ve thought about these simple projects using highly accessible tools and timber, but doing so has reminded me how far you can go and how much fun you can have. To make this...