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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.


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Flexner on Finishing Blog

Bob Flexner is a contributing editor to Popular Woodworking and the author of woodworking finishing books, including “Flexner on Finishing,” “Understanding Wood Finishing,” and “Wood Finishing 101,” available at ShopWoodworking.com. Bob is probably best known for defining the products used in wood finishing and organizing them into categories that make them easily understandable.


The original masterpiece. The Holtey 98 Smoothing Plane was the maker’s first original design.

The Legendary Karl Holtey’s Last Plane

The No. 984 panel plane, currently in production, will be the last run of commercial handplanes in Karl Holtey’s legendary and innovative 26-year career. His first original design is shown above. I had the chance early on in my time at Popular Woodworking to handle several of his incredible tools, and take a few...

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The Almost-flush-cutting Saw

Flush-cutting saws are great, except when you have heavy work to do, or the saws dive into the work below the teeth, or they bend because you got too aggressive. I usually use these specialty saws for light-duty work – trimming small dowels – or when I can’t otherwise do the work – trimming...

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Woodworking in America: Interview with Caleb James

Caleb began his woodworking career designing and creating mid-century furniture, with a focus on Danish modern chairs. His entry into traditional chair making began with training from Peter Galbert and further expanded as he collaborated with Curtis Buchanan. This traditional type of woodworking guided his research into traditional tooling and led to his making...

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Glazing to Highlight Detail

Glazing is easy to do, and it can add a lot of decoration to furniture or woodwork. In the case of the corner chest pictured, glaze is used to highlight the detail of the moldings and carvings. The glaze emphasizes the three-dimensional effect. The process is simple. First, seal the wood’s surface with one...

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Woodworking in America: Interview with Mary May

Mary May has been a professional woodcarver for more than 25 years. She studied with a variety of European master carvers to learn the traditional techniques that have been used for centuries. Mary now works with architects, designers and furniture makers, helping to add ornate details to their work. She teaches at various woodworking schools...

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On Sale Now: 19 Years of Magazine Issues

When I came onboard as managing editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine a few months back, my knowledge of the title was that of a reader – but as a staff member of a publication with about 30 years of history, I had some catching up to do. So I dug into the stacks (or,...

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Woodworking in America: An Interview with George R. Walker

After decades working in corporate America, George R. Walker’s woodworking took a huge detour while doing research for an article on pre-industrial design. Since that time, George has explored design in numerous writings, including “By Hand & Eye” and “By Hound & Eye,” books co-written with Jim Tolpin (Lost Art Press). His videos include...

My two panel saws (one rip filed, one crosscut filed), slip into raised slots at one end, and the handles fit over "French fit" keepers; they are held in place with toggles.

Saws with a Proper Home

Following my post “Overflow Saw Storage,” a couple readers asked for a better look at my saw storage for those tools that already have a home. My panel saws are affixed to the underside of my English tool chest top – a location that necessitates sliding the top till to almost center in order...

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Book Giveaway: Furniture Fundamentals—Casework

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to Billy’s Little Bench, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “Furniture Fundamentals: Casework,” it is currently available for pre-order.  When I joined the woodworking team a couple of years ago I found myself thumbing...