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Craftsman Wall Shelf

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:00am

Editor’s note: With the holidays upon us, I’m looking through vintage issues of the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts – things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. I’ll post (at least) two every week between now and the new year. This is Holiday Project Post number two – for […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

Hand-tool Butt Hinge Installation

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 7:20am

Below is a sidebar from my “Medicine Cabinet” article, from the June 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine – how to install butt hinges using hand tools (and there are, of course, other techniques…but this is how I do it). — Megan Fitzpatrick  

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Digital Artistry — Meet the Artist: Curtis Erpelding

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:21am

Meet the artists from the December 2017 issue How five masterful makers integrate CNC and CAD technology into their woodworking. In the December 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, the article, Digital Artistry gives the readers a peek at what five professional woodworkers are doing with digital tools in their shops. Each has an extensive traditional woodworking background and many years of experience before they added digital tools like CAD […]

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Digital Artistry — David Myka

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 8:56am

Meet the artists from the December 2017 issue How five masterful makers integrate CNC and CAD technology into their woodworking In the December 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine, the article, Digital Artistry gives the readers a peek at what five professional woodworkers are doing with digital tools in their shops. Each has an extensive traditional woodworking background and many years of experience before they added digital tools like CAD […]

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Pint-Size Pickup – Holiday Project Post

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 3:00am

Editor’s note: With the holidays upon us, I’m looking through vintage issues of the magazines and books we own for fun handmade gifts – things that you can build in not too much shop time, but that will help to create a lifetime of memories for the recipients. I’ll post (at least) two every week between now and the new year. Not all of them will be for kids – […]

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How We Installed a SawStop Sliding Crosscut Fence

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:50pm

I’ve wanted a SawStop sliding crosscut table ever since I tried one out at Woodworking in America 2016. Sliding crosscut tables were a basic fixture in the English shops where I worked; I took them for granted as a safe, precise means of breaking down sheet goods and cutting multiple parts to identical length. For eons, I’ve used a radial arm saw, but I recently decided it was time to […]

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Cyber Monday: Take 10% Off Our Storewide 50% Sale!

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 1:01am
Cyber Monday 2017

Folks, I got word from our marketing team that you can use our Cyber Monday coupon code, MONDAY10, on top of our 50% sale through Midnight Mountain Time! You’ll see all stock that is eligible for discount marked down 50% over at ShopWoodworking.com and you can add the MONDAY10 coupon code when you are checking out. Hand Tool Basics Woodworking Tools & How to Use Them By Steve Branam This […]

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French Workbench vs. IKEA TV Stand

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 2:00am

Editor’s note: Eric first shared this post on reddit.com/r/woodworking and I asked him to write a follow-up article on how he chose his workbench from Workbenches Revised Edition: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use By Christopher Schwarz. (Which is 50% off at the time of this writing!) – David Lyell  My first workbench was an Ikea TV stand that we had put in our garage to save space in […]

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Tricks of the Trade: Make an Arc Drawing Jig

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 2:00am

Over the years, we have amassed a huge collection of handy tips from the Tricks of the Trade column in our magazine. We recently started to film some of these tricks in the Pop Wood shop to give a little personality to the pages that you are so familiar with. Our hope is to bring these great tips to our online audience in a new way. If you have a […]

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Great American Furniture

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 3:18am
Great American Furniture table of contents

I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – it’s all about the food and mostly free of consumerism…except, of course, for the “Black Friday” sales that start at crazy hours… I will not be at any of those sales. I will be sitting around a table I built (in the one dining chair I’ve built) having a great time with friends and eating what I hope is […]

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Turn Patterns Into Super Story Sticks

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:28am

I better start off with a warning. If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m kind of a nut about patterns. Long before I owned a CNC, I made hundreds of them. As a furniture maker, I really use and rely on them. The rule in my shop is that if you need to make two of anything or if there’s even the slightest chance you might make something again, […]

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Live Edge Class at Snow Farm, Massachusetts – Part 4 Lisa’s Cherry Table

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 8:36am

One of the unique pieces built during my weekend workshop at Snow Farm was a live edge coffee table. Lisa’s “Cape Cod coffee table” began as a 1” cross cut of a cherry tree that showed an attractive burl, intriguing insects cavities and some natural cracks. Our plan was first to fill the imperfection with colored epoxy. Then re-turn four reclaimed furniture legs that Lisa had found on the street. […]

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How to Cut Dovetails with a Keller Jig

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 8:24am

There are numerous jigs for cutting dovetails with a router. My go-to is the Keller pro series model 1601. It’s simple to use, though unlike jigs that cut pins and tails in one fell swoop, it takes two operations (and two different cutters) — one for tails, another for pins. The resulting joint is so attractive, with wide tails reminiscent of hand-cut joints, that I think it’s worth the extra time. […]

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Shop Tour with Kerry Pierce: Part 1 – Handplanes

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 2:00am

We are featuring a set of tables by Kerry Pierce in an upcoming issue of PWM and we needed to ship them back to his home in Lancaster, Ohio. So instead of paying over $100 for shipping, we jumped in the car to make the delivery. Kerry repaid us with a shop tour and we spent some time in his home talking about what he likes in furniture style. It was a great […]

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7 Tips for Tricky Glue-ups

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 2:00am

Glue-ups are always a stressful moment – you have a short timeframe to correctly align the parts you’ve been working on for some time, and failure to do so can compromise your results. So, I figured I’d share some tips that I’ve learned over time, through many a stressful and suspenseful glue-up. 1. Do a dry-run. You can set aside all the clamps, look at your project and feel good […]

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Meet PopWood Writers Mary May & George Walker

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 1:01pm

On December 9, two Popular Woodworking Magazine authors – woodcarver Mary May and Design Matters columnist George Walker – will be in Covington, Ky., to give presentations and sign copies of their new books, at a free event at Lost Art Press (7-10 p.m.). Don’t wait to reserve your tickets – space is limited. And while this is not nearly as exciting as meeting Mary and George, I’ll be there, too […]

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Book Giveaway: Mackintosh Furniture

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:00am
Mackintosh Furniture

This week’s book giveaway is for a copy of “Mackintosh Furniture” by Michael Crow. Filled with shop drawings for 30 furniture designs by architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it’s a must-have for fans of his work. Furniture forms include chairs, tables, bookcases, dressers, sideboards and more. You’ll also find 2 complete step-by-step projects that showcase some of Mackintosh’s signature furniture details. One copy is up for grabs. Simply post […]

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Tricks of the Trade: Quick & Easy Setup for Handplaning Drawers

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:37am

I recently completed a seven-drawer dresser. The drawers featured hand-cut dovetails and are of graduated heights from top to bottom. Cleaning up the drawers with my handplanes was initially tough because I couldn’t get them to remain still during planing. Fortunately, I thumbed through a Charles H. Hayward book recently and came across his solution: a dirt-simple method for easily planing drawers. He writes, “All fitting is done before the […]

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Video: Pattern Routing Tips

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 7:33am

I love my routers, and if there’s one router function that saves me time and hassles it’s pattern routing. Whether it’s a repeated curve on door rails or intricate fascia work on a bookcase, pattern routing is the answer. Being able to make and refine a single pattern and then letting my router do the work on the rest of the pieces saves time and pretty much takes the thought […]

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Lixie Dead Blow Mallet Test – Some Fun in the Shop

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:16pm

For an upcoming “Tool Test” in the February 2018 (#237) issue of the magazine, I reviewed the Lixie Dead Blow Mallet. While we’ll post the full mallet test when the magazine hits newsstands, we wanted to take the time first (before writing the review) to put the mallet to work out in the shop. Testing tools like this is one of the most enjoyable and valuable (to our readers) exercises […]

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