Author Archives: Scott Francis

About Scott Francis

Scott Francis is the editor for Popular Woodworking Books. He has also edited for HOW and Writer's Digest and has authored/co-authored several books.

Woodworker's Illustrated Encyclopedia

ShortCuts Blogger Graham McCulloch Retires

This morning a colleague told me that Graham McCulloch, author of the ShortCuts blog is retiring from the online column after 22 years. Graham has been a voice in the woodworking community for more than 70 years.  He has contributed articles to numerous publications including Canadian Woodworking magazine and Family Handyman magazine and...

With Saw, Plane & Chisel

Book Giveaway: With Saw, Plane & Chisel

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to “frossm,” the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “With Saw, Plane & Chisel,” it is currently available at ShopWoodworking.com. I was looking through some of our recent books for this week’s...

Practical Workshop

Book Giveaway: The Practical Workshop

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to tsharp9164, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “The Practical Workshop,” it is currently available at ShopWoodworking.com.  Shop set up is always a popular topic of discussion among woodworkers. We have...

handplane essentials

Book Giveaway: Handplane Essentials Revised & Expanded

Thanks for all the great comments – seriously some of the funniest ones I’ve gotten since I started doing these book giveaways. The winner is always chosen at random, but some of you get extra points for effort. Congratulations to mbholden, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more...

woodturning techniques for furniture makers

Book Giveaway: Woodturning Techniques for Furniture & Cabinetmaking

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to forja000, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “Woodturning Techniques: Furniture & Cabinetmaking,” it is currently available at ShopWoodworking.com.  One of our newest books comes from Windsor chair expert Mike Dunbar. The...

Simple & Stylish Woodworking

Book Giveaway: Simple & Stylish Woodworking

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to Saul, the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “Simple & Stylish Woodworking,” it is currently available for pre-order.  It’s always fun to see the new books arrive. Popular Woodworking Books’ latest...

Workshop Setup & Handplanes: Two Books on the Horizon

One of my resolutions for the new year is to post more updates about our progress with book projects and share tips or ideas I learn from them … and so, a quick update from your friendly neighborhood book editor: We have a couple of great titles coming down the pike. I’m currently editing “The...

Build Your Dream Home: This Book Can Help

A few years ago, we published some books to help build your dream home. We covered subjects like home construction, remodeling and backyard buildings. They didn’t really fit with the mission of Popular Woodworking Books but were great books with excellent information – and so we ended up publishing them under the...

For the Love of Classic Wooden Toys

Perhaps it’s because I’ve become a father myself – or maybe it’s just a sign of getting older – but I’ve found myself thinking fondly of old toys. I’m not talking about the Transformers, Stretch Armstrongs and Star Wars figures of my youth (though, I love those toys with all my...