Connecticut Lowboy

While simple to build, the details present a worthy challenge. While teaching a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, I was asked to sneak down to the Connecticut Historical [...]

Barrister Bookcase

We redesigned this classic with techniques so simple even a novice can build it! Project #1918 • Skill Level: Beginner • Time: 3 days Almost everyone likes the look of barrister bookcases. But [...]

The Right Way to Prepare Lumber

To true your wood with machines, the steps you follow are critical. This time-tested procedure is the best way we know of. I get to meet many woodworkers around the country at woodworking [...]

Router Bits For Every Shop

There are router bits that I use on a day-in, day-out basis on many of my projects. However, there probably aren’t as many as you might expect. I find myself using a few unique bits for most of [...]

4 Simple, Shop-Made Router Jigs

Improve your router techniques with these four simple, shop-made router jigs that are easy to use and just as easy to build. I’m a power-tool woodworker. Sure I use hand tools for some parts of [...]

Not so Ordinary Router Cabinet

Great shop storage isn’t always built using plywood. As I look around my shop, or most woodworking shops, I see cabinets built with plywood and screws. But there are other options. I decided to [...]

Makita’s Sander is Built for Comfort

Tool: BO5041 Random-orbit Sander Manufacturer: Makita MSRP: $89.00 If you’re tired of sanding for extended periods with your palm stretched across the top of a random-orbit sander, and your [...]

Mitered Half-lap Joinery

With a router, straight bit and plywood scrap, turn a weak joint into a superhero of strength. One of the strongest joints in woodworking is a properly fit mortise-and-tenon and the opposite in [...]

Delta’s 18″ Drill Press Tool Test

  Tool: 18-900L Drill Press Manufacturer: Delta MSRP: $1499 In many woodworking shops, the drill press might be the most under-utilized piece of machinery in the shop. Many common drill [...]

Southern Gent’s Mirror Stand

Discovered in a museum basement, this Piedmont design makes heads turn. This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking. My first trip to the Museum of Early [...]

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