Lumberyard Prep

Arm yourself with a good plan (or two) and your buying trip will be a success. I have a 10″-wide piece of 8/4 purpleheart sitting on my lumber rack. I bought it eight years ago when I [...]

Carpenters’ Work

Early modern records show guild regulations in London. Early 17th-century London tradesmen were protective about their work, carefully keeping an eye on any interlopers to their craft. A dispute [...]

My ‘Half-right Rule’

Knowing which half to believe is why finishing seems so difficult. Many years ago I coined what I call my “half-right rule.” That is, half of what you read or hear about finishing is right; you [...]

Naniwa Sink Bridge for Sharpening Stones

Tool: Sink Bridge Manufacturer: Naniwa MSRP: $65 Editor’s note: This review first appeared in the August 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking. The stainless steel sink bridge from Naniwa is [...]

Roy Underhill’s Double Spring Pole Lathe

Can a portable, foot-powered lathe make a believer out of you? Wood turning on a spring pole lathe is all about reciprocation, all about back and forth. For example: Q: “Don’t you get tired of [...]

Saw & Plane Till

It won’t solve a tool addiction, but it’ll make finding tools easier. You’ve no doubt seen photos of the H.O. Studley tool cabinet – the Sistine Chapel of tool cabinets. And as far as I’m [...]

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