December to Remember 2020

Welcome to the December to Remember 2020 Sweepstakes! To celebrate the holiday season, Popular Woodworking  and its sponsors are giving away a prize a day throughout December. To earn your [...]

Stabilize Your Strop

When stropping my plane and chisel blades for that final honing, I always want to be sure that there is little to no chance that a freshly sharpened blade will slide off of the strop and [...]

PEX Drawknife Sharpening Guide

Sharpening the bevel of a drawknife can be a challenge. Lap the flat side then use this method to do the bevel side. Using 3⁄8” or 1⁄2” or 3⁄4” PEX …

Adjustable Router Stop Block

I am making a bed headboard which requires multiple mortise and tenon joints on different wood thicknesses. I am routing my mortises and seeing the stop line that was laid out for the mortise was [...]

Woodworking Glossary

Need to discover the differences among a groove, dado and rabbet? Have trouble remembering what’s a rail and what’s a stile? Or maybe you just need to know how to spell [...]

Best New Woodworking Tools of 2020

In an effort to inform our readers about the latest and greatest, Popular Woodworking has surveyed the rich landscape of tools and equipment available and made our picks of woodworking tools of [...]

Band Saw Pattern Jig

I made this jig for cutting patterns on the band saw. It works especially well on woods where the line is difficult to see, or if your near eyesight is starting to deteriorate. Simply attach the [...]

Sander Circle Jig

I find myself needing a lot of small circles for use on wooden toys. When I cut those disks out with a circle-cutting jig on the band saw, the edge is a little too rough, so I’ve made a fixture [...]

Beadlock Pro Joinery Kit

b Tool: Beadlock Pro Manufacturer: Rockler MSRP: $149.99 I looked to the Beadlock Pro recently when I found myself needing four loose-tenon joints for a project – I wanted an economic but quick [...]

Tool Test: Bosch Cordless Palm Edge Router

Tool: 12V Max EC Brushless Palm Edge Router Manufacturer: Bosch MSRP: $149 (bare tool) There’s something to be said about the form of a tool that impacts your desire to pick it up and use it – [...]

Our Favorite Router Tips and Tricks

Rarely a day goes by when we aren’t using a router for some aspect of a project. We’ve been building all kinds of jigs and trying new ideas (and ideas recently unearthed from our archives). A …

Perfect Pilot Hole Trick

Too many times we look for complex solutions when the answer is right in front of our eyes. This is an old trick, but a good one – drilling pilot holes for nails using the nail itself. It works [...]

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