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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


This blog includes free videos, tool reviews we didn’t have room for in the printed magazine and tidbits of the day-to-day life here at the magazine and in the world of woodworking.


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.


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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.


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...

34 Days for Dad 2018! Enter Every Single Day!

Every year we celebrate father’s day with a daily giveaway. This year we have 34 chances for you to win something awesome for dad (or mom, or whomever appreciates woodworking supplies in your household!) You can enter every day over at https://www.popularwoodworking.com/34days.

New Documentary About Wharton Esherick

A few weeks ago was invited by my friend Daniella Ohad to attended a fascinating event at the New York School of Interior Design. It was a screening, followed by a panel discussion, of a recently completed documentary about one of the most important sculptors-woodworkers of the 20th century. The documentary:...

Danish Teak Furniture: How to Care for It

You may be aware that I have a connection with Denmark. My wife is Danish, and we lived there for two years in the mid-1970s. So I guess that makes me the go-to expert on all furniture Danish. One question that comes up often is how to care for Danish teak...