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Show Off Your Work – It Could Win You $1k

Dig out the best pictures of your work – or get started now on a new piece – and enter the fifth annual PWM Excellence Awards for a chance at the $1,000 grand prize. Submissions will be accepted in five categories from April 1-June 16 at popularwoodworking.com/2017readerexcellence. There’s no fee to...

Pursuit of Perfection

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 6 One of the reviews I wrote for this issue, on David Charlesworth’s drawer-making video (page 14), got me thinking about the level of precision for which I strive in my work on both furniture and house rehab projects – and how my definition of “acceptable” and...

Do Unto Others’ Tools

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 6 On Instagram recently, I posted the picture below – a wooden coffin smoother in someone else’s shop. The tool – a handplane at rest – was on its side. It got many comments – both for and against. I’ve heard several rationalizations for placing a plane...

Revisionist History

by Megan Fitzpatrick pg. 8 For an upcoming issue, I’m working on what will be – what was supposed to be, anyway – my first pure reproduction. That is, instead of my oft-used approach of adapting and designing a piece or style to meet specific needs (e.g., my Shaker-inspired coffee table...