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Every time I write about a new product (such as the new “Sharpen Your Handsaws” DVD from Ron Herman), a day or two later, I remember something about which I forgot to write…and that is that we want to know what you think about the DVDs, books, CDs, etc. you’ve bought from us.

As does a certain massive online retailer/bookstore, we invite you to write product reviews and rate the stuff you’ve bought from us, as that helps others make buying decisions. (And rest assured – we don’t erase non-complimentary reviews…unless they’re outrageously unfounded or would warrant an NC-17 rating.)

There’s a tiny little “Customer Ratings” box on the page for every product – I’ve identified it in the picture above with an orange arrow – and we welcome your feedback – good or bad.


— Megan Fitzpatrick


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  • Guido

    Hi Glenn/Megan…

    Any possibility of recording some of your sessions (e.g. the Powermatic series) in some sort of “quick and dirty” and minimal cost format? They wouldn’t have to be professional quality, or edited; perhaps just taping a real class. A disclaimer preface would be all that we’d need to realize why it might not be perfect.

    Most of us have little hope of getting to your classes but would love to gain a bit of insight into some of these topics. Thanks for considering this.

    BTW your site is AWESOME !!


  • Prairie Guy

    What holds me back from buying is the exorbitant shipping costs to Canada. Sometimes twice the cost of the book or video. Would you look into USPS ground.

  • gangy543

    I have a question for mr. schwarz. On your light bulb lamp(I have finished the lamp) how are the eye bolts attached to the base.
    Thanks! James Hankins

  • rbukoski

    I have a question for some one, we have recently recieved a small dresser which has a marble top but the dresser was stored in the basement for at least50+ years and is dryed out, needs to be reglued, but smells likeold musty furnature. What I would like to knoy is how do you get the musty smell out of the wood?

  • introp

    This is a bit of a tangent, but as it wouldn’t help to place it on the review section of various books, I’ll ask here: what’s the possibility of getting an ebook form of the various books in your shop? My household is pretty far along the transition into a mostly-bookshelf-less (I know, gasp!) form and I’m now a little hesitant to buy more books in print form.

    I know it’s a long shot, but since you publish a PDF form of your magazine (for which I have a subscription), it can’t hurt to ask.

  • Richard Dawson


    I agree with a good bit of what Dusty says, but while I have more books and tools than I need, I haven’t reached a point where I know more than I need to. There is always a fresh perspective, which is probably Chris’ strongest attribute, so I am open to new material. Previews and reviews can be helpful.

    The burning question for me is: Who will assign the NC-17 ratings, given allegations made by Mr. Schwarz regarding less than polite language presumably used by a certain editor?


  • gsuing

    I prefer previews to reviews. A 30-second preview clip of the DVDs would be nice. A few sample pages from the books would be nice.

  • Dusty


    After many years in woodworking my mind has become numb to the reviews of woodworking books and tools. I have read more woodworking books then I needed to and bought more tools then I should have, (just ask my wife).
    One never knows when a a Benedick or a Dogberry will prevail, in truth I find reviews to be of much ado about nothing and let the material stand for itself.

  • AL

    Megan, I have reviewed the following at my Web Site:

    1)Build a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz
    2)Cabriole Legs DVD by Charles Bender
    3)Wood Finishing 101 by Bob Flexner


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