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If you’re like me, somewhere in your house you have a pile of old magazines. You have to keep them, but they take up space, and when you go to find the article or imformation you need, it can be dificult to remember which issue it was in, or where that issue is. You can always use our online article index that lets you search by issue date, author, or keyword.

We think we’ve come up with a great solution to both storing back issues, and finding what you’re looking for, the Popular Woodworking 2006 Annual CD

Packed with all seven 2006 issues of Popular Woodworking magazine articles, this CD makes a great holiday gift — for yourself or a fellow woodworker.

  • The Information You Want – Fast! All the files are fully searchable so you can find that trick, technique or project plan you’re looking for. And what’s more, a simple click on a cover line or title in the table of contents takes you instantly to the story you want.
  • It’s Great for the Shop. You’ll no longer have to worry about spilling varnish on your printed copy of the magazine. Simply print out the construction drawings you need and head out to the shop. Click Here to learn more and to order

We also have a special print publication that is only available on the news stands or here on our website.


It’s called The Essential Guide to Table Saws and it includes some of our favorite articles from past issues. In most shops, the Table Saw is the most-used machine. This special publication, available only at newstands and on our website is a compilation of some of our best articles on tuning, tweaking and using your saw, accurately, efficiently and safely. Included is our noted “Woodworking Essentials” series on the table saw by Nick Engler. Also featured is Jim Tolpin’s Universal Rip Fence and a look at new saws (like the Powermatic 2000, the SawStop and Steel City Tool Works) and new accessories (like the Jessem Master Slide that we really like in our own shop). There is also an excellent article by Paul Anthony that guides you through a 19-Step Tune-up that will have your saw performing better than new.

If you’re new to woodworking, or would just like a refresher course on using and tuning your table saw, you’ll enjoy this special issue. Look for it at your local news stand, or you can order a copy online by clicking here.


Last but certainly not least is our “hot off the presses” February issue. Look for it in you mailbox if you’re a subscriber. If you don’t have a subscription to the magazine, you can take care of that by clicking here

Our cover project is an adaptation of a Greene and Greene side table and we also feature a method for reproducing the distinctive finger-jointed drawers on the Gamble House entry table. Also featured is an unusual Creole table from the 18th-century. You won’t see authentic projects like this in any other magazine. Michael Dunbar returns with a look at how to use Traditional Handscrew clamps, and Christopher Schwarz discovers a Better Way to Sharpen Scrapers. Our Woodworking Essentials series on Setting up Shop shows you how to maximize small tool storage. In addition, we have a New Biscuit Joiner Manual that will show you how to use this tool effectively. All of this plus our regular features: I Can Do That, Flexner on Finishing, and Arts & Mysteries.

As you can see we’ve been busy, and are planning even more for the coming year. Wishing you and your families the best for the holidays.

-Robert Lang

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  • Bob Lang

    We’re still hashing out our editorial calendar for the coming year. A lot depends on the feedback we receive, so please let us know what you want to see more of. I’ll try to get some extra photos of the Greene & Greene drawers on the blog in the next few days.

  • Martin McNamee

    Mr. Lang, I bought your Greene & Greene book. Color pictures are great. Are the editors considering a few detailed articles on some of the unique jointery on Greene & Greene designs?

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