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The Great Glue Test – Wood by Wright

Editor’s note: The following post is from James Wright of Wood By Wright on YouTube. He recently conducted a massive test of common wood glues and I asked him to share a few discoveries on the Popular Woodworking blog. Links at the bottom of the post are affiliate links that support...

Dust-Free Bandsaw – Tricks of the Trade

We recently had a reader, Michael Wygmans, submit their build of the Dust-free Bandsaw article from American Woodworker. This article first appeared in 2004 as a solution to the anemic dust collection on 14″ Delta bandsaws. Michael mentioned that he designed his adapter to be  1 7/8″ wide rather than 1 5/8″ described in the article. If you...

installing butt hinges

How to Install Butt Hinges

Butt hinges were widely used for inset doors in early-20th-century furniture and built-ins. They are available in a variety of styles, types, and sizes to suit many different applications. In the English shops where I worked in the 1980s, we always used plain unswaged hinges; we knew them as solid-drawn brass...

In Pursuit of the Hand Tool Tradition: Efficiency, Community, and Technique in Historic Furniture Making

Editor’s note: Andrew submitted this comprehensive analysis of the fourth issue of Mortise & Tenon magazine to us after a conversation on YouTube. He proposes several fascinating themes for this issue. Thanks Andrew! – David Lyell  In Pursuit of the Hand Tool Tradition: Efficiency, Community, and Technique in Historic Furniture Making...

A Bag Like No Other – Nantucket Bagg

In all honesty, woodworking shows are nice but very predictable. If you subscribe to a woodworking magazine, receive periodical catalogs from Lee Valley, Rockler, Woodcraft, and follow a blog or two, then you are most likely up to date with what’s new in our field. However, for me at least, a...

Winners of the Ugly Tape Contest

May the worst tape win It did. A few weeks ago, the Popular Woodworking editors and I thought it would be fun to have a little contest for readers of this blog. Being a bit of an obsessive when it comes to quality tape measures and spending years searching for the...

Finish Test Follow-up: A Surprise Ending

Three days after performing the finish experiment I wrote about in last week’s post, I was cleaning up the mudroom and had to move the samples. When I picked up the one finished with Osmo Polyx Oil, I was astonished to find that the stains from red wine and hot sauce...