DEROS Random-orbit Sander

Tool: DEROS Manufacturer: Mirka MSRP: $625 Editor’s note: This review originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking. The tool is still available and just as great as [...]

Why is Finishing So Difficult?

In the previous issue I wrote about teak oils and how none have anything to do with teak wood. Reading the article, you may have asked yourself why companies would put out products that aren’t [...]

Curve Appeal

This stool builds your skills with eight different joints and bent laminations. Competition is the whetstone of talent; this was in full effect when I built this Wharton Esherick-inspired stool [...]

Veritas Stainless Steel Trammel Points

Tool: Veritas Trammel Points Manufacturer: Veritras MSRP: $29.50 These clever stainless steel trammel points (for scribing large arcs and circles) from Veritas work a little differently than my [...]

Interview with Matt Bickford

Trading Wall Street for molding planes. Editor’s note: This interview originally appeared in the October/November 2012 issue of American Woodworker Matt Bickford’s story is quite unusual [...]

Sideboard Fit for Tea

Design without compromise: An exercise in high-end handwork. Sometimes a cup of tea is more than a cup of tea. Its surface may be still, its color translucent and its container unadorned. But in [...]

Norm Abram: Life After ‘New Yankee’

Can America’s most recognizable woodworking personality actually retire? Editor’s note: This interview originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Norm Abram first [...]

Kumiko Lamp

The road to enlightenment is paved with lots of little strips of wood. I am not by nature organized or detail-oriented. When I was young, I was the guy with the punk rock blaring and the [...]

Charred Finish

Fire and wax together produce a rich black surface. Fire might not be the first finishing technique that most woodworkers gravitate toward; then again, I am not most woodworkers. As a blacksmith [...]

Tool Chest as Art

An embellished lid is your woodworking calling card. Embellished tool chests are perhaps the quintessential calling card of the cabinetmaker. From Benjamin Seaton’s mahogany and tulipwood [...]

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