Woodworking

Anarchist’s 2017 Gift Guide, Day 1: Kershaw Knife

Every year, I write up a gift guide that discusses the small items that have made a big difference in my shop. These are items that are ideal for …

Knives

Reminder: All Finishes Dry and Harden Slower in Cooler Temperatures

This problem comes up a lot at this time of year. You’ve been finishing a large project for several weeks without problems. Then the finish starts …

A Return to Cold-bend Hardwood

For several years I used CompWood for furniture parts that needed to be bent precisely. It’s a wood that has been compressed in its length under heat …

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

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” …

Cape Cod

Ⓕ Perfect Dados Without A Dado Blade - No Measuring & No Math (ep82)

Murphy Bar

Here is the Murphy Bar I was working on. It is made from Cedar.

Privacy

10 AMAZING picture frames you can make with REGULAR ROUTER BITS!!!!

Woodturning an eyeball

Accomplished woodworker and YouTube sensation Frank Howarth shows how he turned a wooden eyeball from maple, cherry, birch, walnut, and ebony. The …

Power Tools

How to Cut Dovetails with a Keller Jig

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 …

Sewing

EASY Drum Sanding On The Spindle Sander

Shop built - Cutting board/serving tray

How to Build & Install Built-In Kitchen Pantry Cabinets

7 Tips for Tricky Glue-ups

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 …

Words for Woodworking that Make me Barf

All hail the headmaster of the Fancy Lad Academy!<p>I love to look at websites of woodworkers – amateurs and professionals – and see photos of their …

Meet PopWood Writers Mary May & George Walker

Woodcarver, carving teacher and PopWood author Mary May (at a Lie-Nielsen open house)<p>On December 9, two <i>Popular Woodworking Magazine</i> authors – …

A Furniture Craftsman's Incredible Design for a Transforming, Six-Function Shop Cart

Timothy Wilmot's MFSC Table took three years to design<p>This creation here is a marvel of ultra-functional design.<p>Belgium-based furniture maker Timothy …

Furniture

The Way Wood Works

by Nick Engler Wood is a cantankerous substance; there’s no two ways about it. Its virtues, of course, are legendary. It’s attractive, abundant and …

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

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 …

Video: Pattern Routing Tips

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 …

Lixie Dead Blow Mallet Test – Some Fun in the Shop

The split in that pine board might hint at what we found out in our testing with the Lixie Dead Blow Mallet!<p>For an upcoming “Tool Test” in the …

Meet Goliath — A Portable Robotic CNC

As the Chinese curse goes, “may you live in interesting times.” Sometimes, “interesting times” is actually a good thing. In the case of CNCs, there …

Amazing

How It’s Made – A Trip to M. Bohlke Veneer

I’m a “behind-the-scenes” junkie – any chance I get to see the inner workings of manufacturing or industrial spaces, I jump at the opportunity. So, I …

A Short History of How Shellac Became Known as a Sealer

Zinsser also changed the name of its “orange” shellac to “amber” shellac (who wants orange wood?) and its “white” shellac to “clear” shellac.<p>Here’s a …

Here's what happens if you leave a splinter in your skin for too long

Following is a transcript of the video.<p>What happens if you leave a splinter in your skin for too long?<p>Splinters are a literal pain, removing them just causes more pain. But what happens if you leave a splinter in your skin?<p>You risk a dangerous infection. Since it's natural material, splinters carry …

Science

Digital Artistry — 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 …

ULTIMATE T-Track Assembly & Outfeed Table with Systainer Storage | How To Build - Woodworking

Marine Corps to Shop Floor

<i>Time served funds a maker’s pursuit of woodworking happiness.</i><p>With most things in life, you either pay with your time or your money.<p>Say you want to …

Education

Book Giveaway: Hand Tool Basics

Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to “Geneaux” the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if …

These Guys Built a Bed From 7 Sheets of Plywood

We spotted this DIY plywood bed over on Reddit, and while the design is cool, the video for it is even better. Even if you're allergic to projects …

Joinery in Curvy Furniture

Curvy furniture is great to look at and usually offers a tactile aesthetic that makes it appealing. Holding it all together is the joinery – and …

Curvy