Woodworking Daily

Woodworking Daily is taking woodworking information to the next level. It’s packed with woodworking techniques, “Quick-Start” project plans for both beginning and intermediate woodworkers, guest woodworking blogs and more! Dan Farnbach brings his unique perspective on the craft and invites you to join the conversation.

Matt's workshop dimension

Woodshop Layout – Tour and Tips from Matt’s Basement Workshop

I can’t deny that I’ve always wanted a large woodshop. Patterned after a professional shop, my large woodshop would include: Space for hundreds of board feet of lumber Dedicated power- and hand-tool workspaces A finishing room My own design area to play with mockups and such Large would be nice. Still, I’m all right...

1000MileJourney

Declaration of Ignorance

I’m just a couple weeks shy of my one-year anniversary here at Popular Woodworking. I’m considering it a marker of sorts. At one year, I think I can declare myself officially aware of how much I really don’t know about our craft. I understand that as a representative of one of America’s largest (and...

Adze and tapered reamer, two chairmaking tools you have to own for traditional Windsors.

Chairmaking Tools that Feel and Work Right

I caught up yesterday with Tim Manney, a designer and producer of chairmaking tools in Portland, Maine. Here’s our conversation, the first installment in a new series of Q&A posts with experts and professionals in the woodworking community. And there’s a twist to this series – each interviewee will tell me who I should...

Small woodworking projects abound in A.J. Hamler's latest release. I had this Hamler birdhouse in mind in the shop this weekend.

Small Woodworking Projects – Great and All

Okay, I like animals, and the title of this post is a play on the James Herriot novel. I saw a robin outside the other day. I’m taking it to be either the first sign of spring or the first sign of the dog I’m caring for being momentarily absent from the yard near...

Bless this mess

Project Ideas for Katie, Nicole … and the Boys

With Carolina and Lauren off the list, I now have a bit of time to go before my next build. My niece Katie – Lauren’s younger sister – turns 15 this year, so I have some time to think about wood choice, design elements and final construction details. My youngest niece Nicole is just...

I've been planing wood with a tool like this, a generous gift from community member Rhett Fulkerson. Click the image to visit Bluegrass Woodworkers Association.

Planing Wood with Wood

Between rounds of staring at two computer screens, I’m surfacing batches of rough-sawn cedar for their eventual destiny as two Adirondack chairs. You can guess which task is more fun. I’m finding that it’s particularly fun to use a wood-bodied jack plane for initial straightening of the boards. Planing wood with wood is slightly...

Behr wood stain is marketed primarily for decks, but I'm testing it on a piece of cedar for outdoor furniture.

Behr Wood Stain Smells Like [Blank] – 5 Test Finishes

Maybe it’s the fumes going to my head, but I can’t place the smell of Behr wood stain. It reminds me of something from the past – model airplane paint or the dentist’s office or something. Do you know what I’m talking about? Please tell us in the comments section. I’m testing 5 types...