Author Archives: Brendan Gaffney

Brendan Gaffney

About Brendan Gaffney

Brendan Bernhardt Gaffney, managing editor of Popular Woodworking, is a woodworker, designer and tree nerd from the northeastern United States. An alumnus of The Krenov School (formerly College of the Redwoods) his focus in woodworking is on the intersections of good design, fine wood and practiced technique.

Pop Wood Group Project: Magnetic Picture Rails

Last week, Marissa Bowers (our wonderful designer, who’s been helping us out while we seek a new permanent art director*) mentioned she had been looking for a set of picture rails – and wondered aloud if it was something we could build in the shop. Ever eager for an excuse to...

A Lumberyard Map: Find a Lumberyard Near You!

More than a year ago, before I joined the staff, Megan Fitzpatrick and I talked about an article I wanted to write about lumberyards and the perennial discussion about domestic versus exotic lumber. At the time, I was also working on an interactive map of New York City’s neighborhoods, and I...

Fixed-width Panel Raiser

Build a plane that cuts smooth and crisp raised panels with, against or across the grain – the magic is in the spring and skew. By Willard Anderson For a PDF version of this article as it appeared in the magazine, click here. Panel-raising planes are used to shape the raised...

Five Lessons from the Staked Chair Project

I moved to Kentucky/Cincinnati on July 1st, and by the 15th of the month, I was already starting out on building the furniture for my new house here. Josselyn (my partner) and I had committed to leaving behind the cheap, second-hand furniture we had bought since leaving college years ago, and...

How to Carve Drawer Pulls by Hand

There comes a time in every project with doors and drawers called “pull-gatory,” when the struggle of sticking something onto the front of the beautiful piece you’ve just made grinds progress to a halt. I’ve been there a few times, and I’m there now with a little wall cabinet that I’m...

Microjig Matchfit Dovetail Clamps

A lot of the work in any machine-oriented woodshop revolves around creating and improving jigs. While I’ve used hold-down and F-style clamps in most of my shop fixtures, the Microjig Matchfit Dovetail Clamps offer a new means of integrating adjustable clamping into a jig, securely and out of the way of...

End Grain Contest

My favorite part of the magazine, when I was on the other side of the publication, was the End Grain articles. End Grain sits at the back of the book, a single page of lofty, funny or thought-provoking content about the craft. Now, as managing editor, I get to solicit and...