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Though we’re buried in snow, Spring is on the way…in the form of the April 2010 Popular Woodworking Magazine. This issue is the first that combines the best of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine into one bigger and better-looking package , we hope you’ll like it. And to whet your appetite, here’s a look at some what you’ll find inside , and related online extras:

Forgotten Shaker Stepback , We got access to some little-known pieces at White Water Shaker Village (an unrestored community in Southwestern Ohio) and this is the first time in print for this handsome piece. And to build it, Senior Editor Glen D. Huey had to make a few educated guesses about the crown moulding and feet (which you can read about here and here) as well as make the curious backboards (which can read about here). Plus, our new “behind-the-scenes” video tour of White Water is now online.

11 Proven Rules to Build Better Tables , To build a table that is strong and also looks good, you must tap into both the artistic and engineering sides of your brain. Senior Editor Robert W. Lang show you how , and how to avoid some of the most common table-making pitfalls. And online, you can read a free PDF excerpt on dining table design from Bob’s book, “Drafting and Design for Woodworkers.”

Clark & Williams, Plane Makers , A slip on the ice launched the toolmaking company called Clark & Williams, one of the few makers of wooden handplanes in the West. Editor Christopher Schwarz explores their shop and their unusual business. And online, you can check out five years worth of blog posts on handlanes, here.

Plus, an excerpt from Roy Underhill’s most recent book, “The Woodwright’s Guide: Working Wood with Edge & Wedge,” and watch our first “Tricks in Action” video, for which I was, uh, volunteered to clean a bunch of our gunky table saw blades.

And of course, much more , all mailing to subscribers next week, and on newsstands March 9.

– Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • Steve Branam

    Great article on Clark & Williams! It’s so good to hear they’re encouraging people to get into the trade. When I saw the photo of the C&W hollows and rounds in Chris’ blog last fall, I looked them up and saw that LN offered the DVD on making them. I immediately ordered that one and Don McConnell’s DVD on using them.

    After watching them, I picked up a set of floats, iron blanks, and the sharpening DVD at an LN tool event. Now if only I can find some quartersawn beech (so far a few phone calls have been disappointing). But it was also good to read about the set made of cherry.

    All three DVD’s do a great job of showing how to do it. Tom Fidgen’s blog also has some nice posts on handmade mouldings for a reproduction door he built. That was part of what inspired me to try making some.

    I think the C&W guys have found their own slice of heaven. They’ve created a fantastic legacy of knowledge in their DVDs.

    You guys have too. It’ll take a while for people’s feelings about the change to settle out. But I’m confident you sincerely want to produce a good product.

  • James Moreland

    I received my April copy of Popular Woodworking yesterday, but sat down and started reading it at lunch today. I hadn’t quite got to Chris Schwartz’s Editor’s article at the front of the Magazine, as I was intrigued by the article about why tables work and indulged my curiosity by reading ahead. Never-the-less, I was pleasantly surprised by the airiness of the article, the fonts, the layouts, the color, the images, etc. I then noticed that the entire magazine was made this way. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve noticed subtle changes in the table of contents over the last couple of years, but this was a radical change.

    Which brought me back to the front of the issue – Chris explains that Popular Woodworking has been merged with Woodworking magazine. Could it be that the editors of both magazines collaborated on the layout and overall design of this magazine? I certainly don’t know for sure as I haven’t finished reading this article yet, but the folks who put it together have done a brilliant job. And while the content may be the same, and the writers may be the same – I can say that I’m now, sitting behind my desk at work, anxiously waiting for 5 o’clock to roll around, so that I can go home and read the article on salvaged honduran mahogany, and discover the many other nuances tucked away in this months issue of Popular Woodworking!

    Thank You!

  • Tim Hernly

    Megan, I just received the new PW issue and I’m confused. Based on the number of pages, layout and contents, it appears that "Popular Woodworking" is now just Woodworking magazine. More precisely, it’s now Woodworking magazine with an inconspicuous small-type "Popular" added to the cover. I had to look at it for five minutes before I realized what had happened. I’ve enjoyed reading Woodworking magazine too, but it’s drier and more artsy (less craftsy) than PW. Woodworking felt more like Woodwork magazine or FWW, I thought. Am I correct in my understanding of what has happened? PW had it’s own character, which was more friendly and accessible, more nuts and bolts, more "let’s try a crazy experiment gluing stacks of plywood together and bandsawing it into a chair and publish the results," more geared to the garage-shop guy than the artisan. I read them all, but I liked PW for what it was. So… my question is: What happened to the Magazine Formerly Called Popular Woodworking? Will it still be published? If so, under what name? Or is it gone forever?

  • marc

    Well, color me excited!

  • Aluminum Extrusions

    Wow looks like another great issue is headed out way. Looking forward to the tips on table making. Keep up the great work guys!

  • Christopher Fitch

    So I guess this means I have almost 3 years now…hmmm…

  • megan

    Subscribers to both PW and WM will have the two subscriptions combined. So if you have 6 remaining issues in your PopWood sub, and 2 remaining issues in your WM sub, you’ll get 8 issues of Popular Woodworking Magazine.

  • WB

    I’m a subscriber to both magazines and was wondering how you’ve decided to carry over both subscriptions?

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