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Formerly called the Editors’ Blog, these articles offer hands-on advice, woodworking tips and techniques from the editors and contributing editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine

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Chris Schwarz
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Chris Schwarz Blog

Contributing editor Christopher Schwarz is a long-time amateur woodworker and professional journalist. He built his first workbench at age 8 and spent weekends helping his father build two houses on the family’s farm outside Hackett, Ark.— using mostly hand tools. Despite his early experience on the farm, Chris remains a hand-tool enthusiast.

Chris’s blog focuses mostly on hand tools and hand work. Chris also writes short tool reviews, book reviews and generally gets the inside scoop on new hand tool introductions before other blogs.

Bob flexner
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Flexner on Finishing Blog

Bob Flexner is a contributing editor to Popular Woodworking and the author of woodworking finishing books, including “Flexner on Finishing,” “Understanding Wood Finishing,” and “Wood Finishing 101,” available at ShopWoodworking.com. Bob is probably best known for defining the products used in wood finishing and organizing them into categories that make them easily understandable.

Methylene Chloride Proposed Ban: Misguided Policy

Am I the only person who thinks the EPA’s proposed ban on methylene chloride in paint strippers is a big and unnecessary overstep by government? Ever since the EPA announced on May 10, 2018, that it plans to go ahead with plans to finalize a ruling doing this, I’ve seen a...

Maker Faire Bay Area 2018

What’s a geeky woodworker to do? I just happened to plan and precisely time a family visit to San Francisco during the major event for the truly obsessive creatives among us: The Bay Area Maker Faire. The Faire is a large public event and the creation of Make Magazine. The annual...

Garden Gate Build – Part 1

Thanks to a wonderful chain of events, my dear former home has a new lease on life: One of my best friends recently bought it. I’m going to build her a garden gate as a housewarming gift. The garden still has a gate – the one I built about 20 years...

My New Role as Senior Editor and My Take on a Shaker Settee

I have a bit of news to share with you this morning. I am taking on new responsibility as the new Senior Editor of Popular Woodworking! For the last year, I’ve served as the Online Content Director where I’ve thoroughly enjoyed bringing you amazing content on the Shop Blog, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest...

Why We Should Talk About Pinterest

Hello Pop Wood readers! My name is Rachel Fountain, I do a lot of the behind-the-scenes, analytical stuff here at Pop Wood (stuff involving an ungodly amount of spreadsheets – I’ll spare you the details). One of the biggest parts of my job is helping out with our social media accounts,...

Medieval Method Can Improve a Modern Design

I recently finished building an Enzo Mari table from the 1970s as part of an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine, and I have only one worry about the project. It looks great. It feels stout. But I’m worried that the joinery might not last forever. The joinery? Lots of properly installed...

Garden Projects: Vine Trellis

by Tim Johnson Make any climbing plant happy with this 6′ tall, free-standing trellis. We used dadoes, glue and screws to fasten the slats because trellises take a beating each year when you tear off the old vines. We built our trellis from cypress, one of the longest-lasting outdoor woods. Ours...

I Can Do That: Routers Beyond Roundovers

Episode 3 of I Can Do That – Season 4 features one of my favorite tools in the shop – the router. While routers are great for adding round-overs and decorative edges to pieces of wood, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It took me a couple years of woodworking...

DIY Folding Mobile Workbench Modifications

Editor’s note: I saw Elisha’s version of the American Woodworker DIY Folding Workbench on Instagram and asked her to share her modifications on the PopWood blog. She also made an outstanding video of the build, check it out! https://youtu.be/jUNZVaGAE3E Find PneumaticAddict, Elisha’s digital brand, on Instagram, YouTube and Website. I’m lucky enough to...