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Upcoming Simple Cove Guild Build: Cherry Wall Cabinet

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:57am

This is a guest post by Sean Walker. He is the founder of Simple Cove, a website for sharing project builds. He is gearing up to release a new build from the pages of Popular Woodworking Magazine.  A post shared by Sean Walker (@simplecove) on Jan 22, 2018 at 6:28am PST Hi guys, I’m a new face that you’ve not seen on this blog before. My name is Sean Walker […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

PopWood Playback #4 | Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 3:04am

  🚨 NOTICE: No Davids were harmed in the making of this episode.🚨 Episode #4 is live on YouTube! Thank you all so much for your submissions – we have six great videos to share with you this week. Look out for more PopWood Playback episodes every Saturday morning on our Youtube channel. I’ll be hijacking Playback next week, so I’ll see you then! – Jake Motz Here are the […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Book Giveaway: Wood Finishing 101

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 7:19am
Wood Finishing 101

This week I’m giving away a copy of Bob Flexner’s “Wood Finishing 101.” This book is a great step-by-step guide for simple finishes. Simply post a comment below and I’ll choose 1 winner at random. Winner will be announced Monday 1/29. Good luck!

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Categories: General Woodworking

How Trees Grow

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 5:34am
How Wood Grows

Being a woodworker of many years I have friends who will constantly ruin a good walk in the woods with questions of, “what type of tree is that?” Truth is, I’m not really very good at identifying trees. I’m much better at identifying a slab of lumber! I recognize the wood in the form I’m most familiar with. I’d like to be able to identify trees, but it doesn’t strongly […]

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WATCH: Interview with Wendell Castle

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 8:31am

Wendell Castle, the father of the art furniture movement, died Saturday at age 85. Many are mourning the loss of an innovative mind that brought art furniture to the mind of the masses. In 2016, we documented an interview with Oscar Fitzgerald and Wendell. There are many insights to glean, please enjoy this video on YouTube Live this afternoon. Hop over to the live stream HERE.  Purchase the DVD or video download here. […]

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The Long Way Around: Finally Calling Your Long Term Project “Done”

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:29am
entryway table

There’s something to be said for just finishing a long term project. I’ve been working on a furniture build off and on since I first started at PW a few years ago. It was to be an entryway table that doubled as a place to store shoes and custom built to fit under a window yet over a heat return. I had grand plans for the piece that were above […]

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Why We’re Here: Introducing Andrew Zoellner

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:04am

There was a time, in the not so distant past, when we made more stuff. Things were less disposable – we fixed our possessions when they broke. The furniture, dishes and home goods we kept in our lives had stories behind them and were built with purpose. I believe we’ve lost much of that handmade magic. That’s why I joined this team as the new editor in January. I want […]

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The Case of the Missing Hinge: Trouble Installing a Soss Hinge

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:30am

The second article in my two-part series about hinges for Popular Woodworking Magazine was conceived as “5 Fussy Hinges.” Tricky, fussy…choose your adjective. I prefer “less commonly used,” with the disclaimer that one woodworker’s “less common” may be another’s “everyday”; Brendan Gaffney may be able to install knife hinges in his sleep, and I used non-swaged brass butts on an almost daily basis for years, but many woodworkers have never […]

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Wendell Castle 1932 – 2018

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:16am

Wendell Castle, the father of the art furniture movement, died Saturday at age 85. I’m privileged to have spent a few days with him while shooting a video, and while our time together was personal, the time wasn’t long enough to call him a friend. Thoughtful, soft-spoken and passionate are three words that come to my mind. I’m willing to admit that I’m not in love with all his furniture – though […]

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POPWOOD Playback #3 – Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 3:04am

We have seven videos for you this week and a giveaway! Every Saturday morning we post reader-submitted and staff picked videos on our YouTube channel. Kreg sent us a couple of inline clamps and bench clamps to take a look at it. I thought they were solid bench accessories, so instead of sending them back to Kreg, I received permission to give them away! Enter the contest in the field below the video […]

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Book Giveaway: Hybrid Woodworking

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:17pm
Hybrid Woodworking

This week’s book giveaway is for a copy of Marc Spagnuolo’s “Hybrid Woodworking.” If you’re looking to increase efficiency in your woodworking by combining power tools and hand tools, then this book is required reading. I’m giving away one copy for this week’s giveaway; simply post a comment below and I’ll choose one winner at random. Winner will be announced Monday 1/22/18.

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Texas Heritage Woodworks Saddle Bag

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:24am

I’m a fan of having my tools out and at hand in the workshop. It’s easy enough to mount the saws to the wall, whip up a chisel rack and tuck the planes on a shelf, but the small items rarely have a good spot to sit – so they end up on every horizontal surface, in the way and subject to being knocked around or, even worse, onto the […]

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Meet Don Weber: Renaissance Man

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:57am

Don Weber has been a friend to Popular Woodworking for a long time. His knowledge of traditional woodworking (and blacksmithing, as the photo above supports – props to photographer Al Parrish!) has appeared on our pages, in our videos and we’ve been privileged to have him in personal appearances at events over the years. Watching him set up and use his shop-made treadle lathe, or discuss the strengths and stresses involved […]

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Learn Math with a Framing Square – “Framing Square Math” by Joe Youcha

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:00am

Many kids (not to mention woodworkers) will say “I hate math!”. But as Kalid Azad of www.betterexplained.com has pointed out what they are really saying is that they hate how math makes them feel. Nobody likes to feel frustrated and stupid. Presenting math concepts through manipulating a physical “calculator,” however, goes a long way to not only changing that perception but to instilling an intuitive understanding of the core principles […]

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Woodworking Workshop for Parents and our Fall Fair 2017 – Part 1

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:32pm

One of the nice traditions at the school I teach in is our annual Fall Fair. The Fair is a one-day extravaganza in which the school transformed into a magical forest-like world. Laden with autumn and winter atmosphere, our building’s interior is decorated with fabrics, branches, logs and leaves to support the imaginary themes of fairy tales and mythology. To help our school with fundraising during the fair, parents volunteer […]

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A Lesson in Coping – How to Join Trim

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:54pm
coping

I’ve long been struck by the aptness of our English word “cope” – “I just can’t cope,” “I’m barely coping” – in light of its meaning in a woodworker’s lexicon. Sure, some of us may use the word when describing our emotional state, but more often we use it to denote a technique for joining two pieces of trim or molding where they meet at an inside corner. There’s nothing wrong […]

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Warehouse Sale at Bridge City! Build a Brass and Rosewood Try Square

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 2:00am

Editor’s note: This article ran in the October 2011 issue of PWM and we are resurfacing it because John is clearing out some bins of blanks in a warehouse sale on his site. I’ve included part of the article here and the build is detailed in the PDF of the issue. This is not a sponsored post, we just wanted to share a great article that paired with his sale […]

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PopWood Playback #1 | Top Woodworking Videos of the Week

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 6:00am

Episode #2 is live on YouTube. We had a couple of editors picks and a couple viewer submissions this week. I sincerely appreciate the great response to the first episode and the viewer feedback has been encouraging! I am happy to share Shawn Graham‘s video from his new series of daily tips and Huy’s sit-stand desk that integrates his finger joint jig. Check out our picks of the week over […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Book Giveaway: ICDT Woodworking Projects

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:59am

I’m currently editing a new book in the “I Can Do That!” series of products. Authored by the ICDT video series host Chad Stanton, the new book includes 20 great projects including coffee tables, nightstands, bookcases and even a rocking chair – all built in the ICDT tradition with an affordable kit of tools and materials you can easily find at your local home center. The book will be available […]

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Video: Buying Router Bits

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 6:00am
router bits

I recently went in search of an 1/8″ slot-cutting router bit that I needed that day. Home Depot was close and I left with my bit. But rather than buy a single bit, I ended up buying a $50 kit with 15 router bits. I didn’t need all of the bits – already having many of them – but it was the only way to get the bit I needed […]

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