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

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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.

Don Rosebrook at an EAIA gathering in Kansas City. (Photo from issue 210 of "Shavings," the EAIA newsletter, by Patty MacLeish).

Don Rosebrook, Tool Collector & Author

Don Rosebrook, past-President of the Early American Industries Association (EAIA), a prominent member of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association (M-WTCA) and author of “Wooden Plow Planes,” “American Levels and Their Makers” and “America Level Patents Illustrated and Explained,” died Monday following a brief illness. Carl Bilderback, a longtime friend of Don’s, said that in...


Polissoirs: New Models & a Long-term Test

Last weekend during the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Charleston, S.C., I completed three try squares and even applied the finish right at the bench using a polissoir (French for “polisher”). For the attendees who had never seen a polissoir or the surface it leaves behind, it was an eye-opener. Photographs don’t do the...


Update: Magnetic-mount LED Work Light Review

In the April 2014 issue, I reviewed the Magnetic-mount LED Work Light that’s carried by Lee Valley Tools (click here if you wish to read the review). I had only one complaint – and it was that my rechargeable batteries didn’t fit, and that non-rechargeable batteries lasted on average only five hours – so...


Do it With Your Mortise Full

Here’s a basic trick for planing up the rails and stiles for your doors. If you use power sanders, move along quietly to some other blog entry. The random-orbit sander was pretty much invented to solve this problem that occurs in traditional work. So you’ve cut the joinery on your rails and stiles and...


A Soupçon of Woodworking

While working on my kitchen last Saturday, I had to cut a notch in the butcher block countertop to fit the apron-front sink in place. One side of the counter was long enough and therefore heavy enough to stay in place as I sawed (and had sufficient overhang into the sink area to allow...

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No Foolin’: Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event Friday & Saturday

A couple folk have contacted us with questions about lodging and local delicacies in preparation for a trip to Cincinnati for the April 4-5 Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday) at the Popular Woodworking Magazine office and shop. And not only will the fine folk from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks...

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Dinosaur No More

Spending my entire adult (and a good portion of my teenage) life as a maker of 17th-, 18th- and early 19th-century style furniture has been wonderful and has opened many doors for me – but that all ends today. Wandering through my local Big Box Hardware and Home Center (and I’m pretty sure that’s...