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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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An Intro to Marking Knives: Part Two

Last week I talked about the first marking knives I owned and I showed one of the most practical ways to use them: making a knife wall to ensure accurate across the grain hand sawing. In this entry I will present a few of my other knives and give some recommendations to readers who...

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A Benefit of an Out-of-flat Workbench

I’ve been putting off the inevitable chore of flattening my workbench – I have a low spot that is interfering with my ability to handplane thin panels. But this time, I’m going to allow a high spot to remain high because it has proven to be useful. Like many French workbenches with the traditional...

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This Maple Eats Tools

Yesterday was the first time in 20 years I wished for an electric sander. I’m finishing up a new table design and am just about to finish all the surfaces before assembly. The only problem is that this maple trashes every plane iron after about two strokes. I’ve seen this happen with exotics such...

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A Week In Our Shop

I thought it might be fun to share just a few of the projects that have been running through the GS Haydon & Son workshop this last week. Our bread and butter is architectural joinery, windows, doors, stairs, built-ins etc,, however, being located in a small rural market town does keep an interesting variation...

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Still Cheap

Just a reminder that the corporate Friends and Family Sale runs through 11:59 p.m. EST tonight. You get 40 percent off just about everything we produce by using code “FFSUMMER40″ at checkout. I recommended a few of my other favorites late last week; here’s another: “Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects, 2nd edition” – only...

Jeff Miller

An Interview with Jeff Miller

Woodworking author and instructor Jeff Miller is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher and author. His books include “The Foundations of Better Woodworking” and “Chairmaking and Design” among others. (Also, don’t miss Jeff’s new Design & Techniques for Building Curvy Furniture DVD). His furniture has been shown in galleries and shows nationwide and is included in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History...

Woodworking Contest

Enter Your Best – You Could Win $1,000

Just a reminder that the submission deadline for the 2015 PWM Excellence Awards is June 14 (voting will open for the Readers’ Choice winner from June 17-24). In short: There is no entry fee – the only thing you have to lose is a few minutes work by filling out a form. You can...

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Don’t Play the Cards, Play the Person…

Scene: Mid-project in a chest-build class. Stage focus, a single bench with a busy student. Commotion all around at other benches just outside the lighted center stage. (Instructor enters from shadow stage right, voice heard before being seen) Instructor: Be sure to focus on your line, sawing to the waste side, keeping your dominate...