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Formerly called the Editors’ Blog, these articles offer 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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Graham Haydon “AMA” on Reddit

Joiner Graham Haydon is doing an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit next Wednesday, at 4 p.m. Eastern time. Graham works in his family’s carpentry and joinery business (founded in 1926), GS Haydon & Son, in North Devon, England, which he joined after leaving school in the late 1990s. The company makes bespoke doors,...

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Build It with Dad

I’m excited to announce the release of a fun new book from A.J. Hamler titled “Build It with Dad: Woodworking Fun for the Whole Family” (available both as a paperback and a PDF download). The book is filled with kid-friendly woodworking projects that will help you teach your kids the fundamentals of tool use, shop safety...

Woodworking Contest

Call for Entries: 2015 PWM Excellence Awards

Show off your excellent work in 2015 Popular Woodworking Magazine Excellence Awards. Winners in each of five categories, the grand-prize winner, and the Readers’ Choice winner will be published in a feature article in the November 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. The Grand-Prize Winner (as chosen by the editorial staff of Popular Woodworking...

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Rust Removal

If you like to tinker with old tools, sooner or later you’ll come into contact with a rusty example. I’ve been interested in methods that use lemon juice or vinegar to shift the problem. I like the fact there is no dry abrading and no electrical stuff, and the things you need to do...

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In Memory of John Donne, (?? 1572-March 31, 1631)

No, this is not an April Fools’ joke posted a day early. It’s a poem from one of my favorite writers, John Donne, who died on this date in 1631. Why this poem (or any poem)? The central conceit is the compass – a powerful tool in woodworking. After the poem (yes, yes; I...

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Woodworking in America ’15 Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for Woodworking in America 2015. I hope to see you in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 25-27, along with speakers Roy Underhill, Christopher Schwarz, Alf Sharp, Will Neptune, Phil Lowe, David Marks, Vic Tesolin, Marc Adams, Kevin Drake, Patrick Edwards, Tom Fidgen, James Hamilton, Mark Harrell, Donna Hill, Dave Jeske, Scott...

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Prevent a Cut Nail Explosion Disaster

The only downside to using cut nails is they can split the work, especially when used near the ends of boards. While a properly sized pilot hole will usually prevent splits, there are times when the gnarly grain of the wood wants to split anyway. Cut nails also will split your work if you...