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Hands-on advice, woodworking tips and techniques from the editors and contributing editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine


This blog includes free videos, tool reviews we didn’t have room for in the printed magazine and tidbits of the day-to-day life here at the magazine and in the world of woodworking.


Chris Schwarz
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Chris Schwarz Blog

Contributing editor Christopher Schwarz is a long-time amateur woodworker and professional journalist. He built his first workbench at age 8 and spent weekends helping his father build two houses on the family’s farm outside Hackett, Ark.— using mostly hand tools. Despite his early experience on the farm, Chris remains a hand-tool enthusiast.

Chris’s blog focuses mostly on hand tools and hand work. Chris also writes short tool reviews, book reviews and generally gets the inside scoop on new hand tool introductions before other blogs.


Chris Schwarz
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Arts & Mysteries with Adam Cherubini

Arts & Mysteries is one of our most-read columns in Popular Woodworking Magazine. Whether you sympathize with Adam Cherubini’s approach to working wood entirely with hand tools or think he’s simply a glutton for punishment, I think we all can agree on one thing: Adam’s column is never boring.
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In Defense of Splines, Grooves, Biscuits & Dominos

Woodworking opinion swings with the generations when it comes to picking tools, woods and techniques. Lately I’ve seen a lot of writing about gluing up panels that goes something like this: Because the glue bond in an edge joint is stronger than the wood itself, it’s unnecessary to use splines, biscuits or a tongue-and-groove...

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‘The American Woodworker,’ Vol. 1, No. 4

When we compiled the 1985-2014 American Woodworker dvd, we didn’t realize that one issue – December 1985 – was missing from the inherited electronic files. This was brought to our attention by an eagle-eyed reader (thank you eagle-eyed reader), so we tracked down a copy and are offering that entire issue, free. (And we...

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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...

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Furniture from Another Planet

In our minds, we all have a good idea of what a typical chair, table, stool, desk or workbench looks like and how these pieces are built. But today I’d like to take you on a brief trip to the Middle Ages when furniture was built using different principles. Oh sure, tables and chairs...

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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...

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Why I Love Spade Bits

Spade bits get little respect among woodworkers. They are regarded as coarse tools that tear up the work surface – good for plumbers and rough carpentry at best. Once you understand how to use them, however, you might change your mind about them because they are inexpensive and can do tricks that few other...

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5S Principles and Woodshop Safety

Should safety have its own “S” in 5S? Should it really be “6S?” The question always comes up as woodworkers learn to apply the principles of 5S to their shops. A growing community of woodworkers has been adapting the principles of 5S and Lean manufacturing to their shops. They are learning how to easily...

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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...