Popular Woodworking Writer’s Guidelines

We accept unsolicited manuscripts on all aspects of the craft, from tool use to techniques to builds; we buy all rights. Please see “Feature Articles: Sample Query” below for the items necessary for us to consider a feature article. Send all feature queries to Mike Wallace via e-mail: mike.wallace@fwmedia.com or by post: Popular Woodworking Magazine, 4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati OH 45236. Note: it takes 6-8 weeks for us to review unsolicited queries and respond.

End Grain: This one-page article, averaging about 600 words, reflects on the writer’s thoughts about woodworking as a profession or hobby. The article can be either humorous or serious. Payment starts at $250. This is a good entry-point for first-time freelancers. We purchase six of these columns a year. The writer does not need to be a professional woodworker. Submissions should be sent to Mike Wallace via e-mail: mike.wallace@fwmedia.com or by post: Popular Woodworking Magazine, 4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati OH 45236.

Tricks of the Trade: Payment varies from $50-$100 for this collection of tips from readers while the best tip (as determined by the editors) in each issue wins a $250 gift certificate to Lee Valley Tools. Whenever possible, please include sketches or photos to illustrate your technique, jig, or whatever it is you’re submitting for consideration. Don’t worry about the quality of your pictures, as long as they help describe what you’re talking about. Our artist will use them to create a drawing for the column. For Tricks, never hesitate to submit something because “I’m not a writer.” We can fix the words here. When submitting a trick, either by mail or e-mail, always include your full mailing address and phone number. We’ll need to know where to send your payment or prize, and an editor will need to contact you by phone if your trick is selected for publication. If you live in the U.S.A., be aware that Popular Woodworking will need your social security number to process payment. However, to protect that information, we suggest you do not include it with your submission. If your trick is selected for publication, we’ll ask you for it then. We understand that some readers submit their tricks to various magazines at the same time. That’s your prerogative, of course, but be aware that no magazine likes to see the same trick in a competitor’s publication. To keep everyone happy, please let us know immediately when a trick you submitted to Popular Woodworking Magazine has been accepted for publication by another magazine. Submissions should be sent via e-mail to: popwoodtricks@fwmedia.com or by post: Tricks of the Trade c/o Popular Woodworking Magazine, 4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati OH 45236.

• Feature Articles: Sample Query
Below is a list of the necessary requirements for an article submission to Popular Woodworking Magazine. Under each requirement are examples.

• Write a brief outline of the proposed article.
This article will show readers how to build a “Saturday Table” from measured drawings of the original, from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky (this is the first time these plan will be published, anywhere). A “Saturday Table” is a collective name for a small occasional table made up of offcuts from the previous week’s work. What’s unique about this table are the 8-sided legs and the simple band saw cradle I built to produce them.

• Present a summary of the techniques used to complete the project, or a summary of the technique and why/how it’s useful (for non-build articles). Include step-by-step illustrations if possible.
– Prep the stock on the jointer & planer
– Prepare for top panel glue up with hand-planed finish-joint
– Glue up panel for top
Legs
– Mill six leg blanks (extras are always good for test cuts)
– Build band saw cradle out of scrap
– Measure and dill holes in leg blanks at rotation axes
– Create flexible pattern for leg facets
– Place blank in cradle and cut first taper, then check
– Cut the remaining square tapers on band saw
– Work freehand to create octagonal tapers with plane and paring chisel. Don’t measure – it’s no necessary and I’ll show why
– Mark and cut mortises for tenons
Apron
– Create mortises with dado blade on table saw
– Fit tenons to mortises
– Create screw pockets on drill press or with chisels/gouges
Glue up
– Undercut tenons to provide breathing room for seasonal apron shrinkage
– Assemble table base
– Secure tenons with hand-made round pegs
– Center undercarriage to top and attach
– Finish to suit
End note
– Perfect measurements are not necessary; after all, our ancestors didn’t have laser levels and micrometers, and you don’t need them, either.

•Present a short biographical sketch that includes both your woodworking and writing experience and accomplishments. Also provide your address, daytime telephone number and e-mail address.
Kerry Pierce has been a professional woodworker and woodworking teacher for more than two decades. He has written more than 10 books on woodworking, including “The Wood Stash Project Book,” “Quick and Easy Jigs and Fixtures” and “Authentic Shaker Furniture.”

•Make sure there is a color photo (jpg, emailed is fine) that exhibits not only the project/technique, but also your ability to shoot appropriate images for the magazine. Authors provide all step photos (300 dpi at 5×7), and are often required to provide opening photos (300 dpi at 8×10).

•Include a list of all materials needed to build the project.
Hardwood stock (Walnut)
Screws
Wood glue