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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.


Bob flexner
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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.


CNC Skills: Part One – The Origin Point

CNC Skills: Part One: All about Origin Points The Origin Point is your prime reference position No matter what kind of woodworking you do, reference points and accurate measurements are critically important for woodworkers. This is particularly true when using any kind of woodworking machinery. For example, if you’re using a table saw to...

Box Made with ‘Log Cabin Dovetails’

I was hanging out at the Lost Art Press open house last weekend, and Dayton-area woodworking and tool collector Eric Brown brought down a crazy box to show Christopher Schwarz and me. It’s made with the same sort of dovetails you may have seen on the Single Brothers’ Workshop at Old Salem, or other...

Why There Are Streaks in Your Wood Stain

I’ve run into this problem often enough that I thought it worth discussion: People apply a stain and don’t have enough time to get the excess wiped off before the stain dries. The results are streaks that are difficult to remove. It used to be that all stains carried by home centers and paint stores were...

‘Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life’

I am delighted to announce that we now offer Nancy Hiller’s hilarious, earthy – and cautionary – look at life as a custom furniture maker – “Making Things Work: Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life.” If you’re thinking about chucking it all, assuming “all” means a steady job with employer-sponsored health insurance and a regular...

handplane essentials

Book Giveaway: Handplane Essentials Revised & Expanded

Thanks for all the great comments – seriously some of the funniest ones I’ve gotten since I started doing these book giveaways. The winner is always chosen at random, but some of you get extra points for effort. Congratulations to mbholden, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways...

CNCs vs Pattern Shaping

If you build furniture out of wood, you’ll find that once your design becomes more than a collection of straight lines and begins to include curves, shapes and other details – you enter the world of pattern shaping. What is pattern shaping? It is a woodworking process for accurate duplication. Instead of creating repeated parts from scratch, an...

Whipple Hook: Turn Any Board into a Bench

When traveling, there are many times when I wish for a toothed planing stop, especially when installing stuff where I rarely even have a bench. Enter the Whipple Hook from Lee Valley Tools. This early 20th-century patented $9.50 gizmo turns any wooden surface into a functional planing stop with the addition of two screws...

Garry Knox Bennett Shop

Video Shop Tour: Garry Knox Bennett

Look for the new “Woodworking Legends: Garry Knox Bennett” video in mid-May (it will be available at ShopWoodworking.com). On it, fellow furniture making giant Alf Sharp chats with Garry about his life, his work, his woodworking philosophy and more. On this excerpt (rated PG-13 for language), Alf and Garry take a walk through Garry’s...

A Voice You Can Trust – or 100

My biggest arguments while at Popular Woodworking Magazine weren’t about hand tools vs. power tools, Shaker vs. Arts & Crafts, Grizzly Industrial vs. everyone else. Instead we fought about a question you might not think about: Isn’t so-and-so woodworker full of crap? When you get experienced woodworkers around a table and throw them an...