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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.


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.


Every Woodshop Needs a Machinist’s Vise

A medium size machinist’s vise can be quite a handy tool in every shop and at every hobbyist/handyperson’s garage or studio. On top of helping us secure hardware and other small metal objects when drilling, sawing and filing, this vise can be very instrumental in providing assistance for shaping wooden objects....

More Woodworking Video Than You Can Watch In a Week

And we’re going to give you the chance to try! Most PopWood fans know we offer full-length videos for sale as downloads, but have you discovered our streaming video site? With almost 900 woodworking videos available, you can binge woodworking just like Netflix! And starting this Memorial Day weekend we’re going to...

Woodworking DVD Clearance Sale and Half-Price Videos

If you’ve thought about getting any of our great woodworking videos on DVD, now is the time. We’ve put almost every DVD in our store on sale, up to 75% off. You can get full seasons of The Woodwright’s Shop, great project builds including this Puzzle Stool and one of my favorite...

English Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects & Techniques for the Modern Maker

Free Shipping on Everything at Shop Woodworking

Now through May 29, you can get free standard shipping on any order over at Shop Woodworking. That includes everything – books, DVDs, magazines and other accessories. Are you as excited about Nancy Hiller’s gorgeous book on English Arts & Crafts as I am? It’s the perfect time to order your...

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,...