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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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Wooden wine box

Wooden Wine Box

Editor’s note: Looking for a great gift? A bottle of wine is nice for almost any occasion, and this wooden wine box designed by woodworker and author A.J. Hamler (author of numerous books including his latest “Build It with Dad”) adds a personal touch as well as a handy box that your lucky gift recipient...

finish blush

Flexner on Finishing: Application Problems

Solutions to a baker’s dozen of common finishing difficulties. by Bob Flexner It’s easy enough to provide instructions for applying finishes. But in the real world, things go wrong; problems occur that you have to deal with. With the combined goals of defining the problems, providing ways to avoid them, then fixing them after...

Treehouse by Django Kroner

On Building Treehouses

Treehouses bring out the kid in everyone. Whether for a child in your life or as a relaxing getaway, a treehouse is a fun project to build that can test your creativity and be incredibly rewarding.  That’s why Popular Woodworking Books is working with professional treehouse builder Django Kroner, owner of The Canopy Crew, to create a...

Mark Harrell, Bad Axe Tool Works

Mark Harrell: Woodworking in America 2015

In woodworking, “cutting-edge technology” doesn’t necessarily mean the latest bright new thing. In fact, vintage technology often is our literal cutting edge. At Woodworking in America 2015 (Sept. 25-27 in Kansas City, Mo.), Mark Harrell – founder of Bad Axe Tool Works – will help you learn when a vintage handsaw is worth saving – and...

Proper control of a chisel is vital to its effective use. Here, Jeff Miller shows you how to quickly and efficiently use chisels to cut an accurate mortise.

Jeff Miller’s ‘Using the Versatile Chisel’

In April, the good folks at Lie-Nielsen came to our offices for one of their hand tool events, bearing planes, chisels and other great tools. Getting to try sharp, well-made tools was a revelation to me. As a beginning woodworker, I had a set of chisels, but I never had very good results. Perhaps it...

Wooden Plane

2 x 4 Handplane

The concept of the “transitional plane” has piqued my interest for a while. Both off-the-shelf and user-made versions by their relative scarcity in my neck of the woods create intrigue. I decided to make a rough version using a 2 x 4, a donor No. 4-1/2 plane frog, a kitchen unit leg tote, and...

Small Roubo Workbench, Anarchist's Tool Chest

Weekend Medicine Cabinet Project

As many of you know, I recently bought a new (old) house. Though I’m still waiting on my roofer to finish up work on the porch roof (grrrrr), most of the major “must do immediately” stuff is done (read: I now have A/C, and a furnace that was built during my lifetime). Last night,...