Woodworking

The Final Shop Tour / Moving Into the DREAM Shop!

Meet Katerina Kiranos – Pachamama Workshop

If you asked me five years ago what I thought I would end up doing with my time, woodworking would have been one of my last guesses. My story begins …

Bachelor's Degree

Learn Router Tool Basics — The Family Handyman

<b>Technique 1:</b> Edge-routing<p>Photo 1: Edge-routing<p>Clamp the board down and move the router in a counterclockwise direction around the board.<p>Photo 2: …

Table Saw MegaSled

Make accurate and safe crosscuts with ease – and set the stage for clever accessories by James Hamilton (aka Stumpy Nubs) Most power-tool woodworkers …

Power Tools

Dugout Chair Part 8, The Inner Bark

Today I got smart and worked on this dugout chair before I took a shower – genius. Also, I found an easier way to remove the inner bark – with a …

Simple String Inlay with Your Router

String inlay is a quick and dramatic way to add interest and dimension to any woodworking project. And it’s not just string inlay, you can add …

Hand Tool School #46: Don't Tear Up Over Tear Out

If you're getting tear out, you're making one of these three mistakes<p>I get a lot of questions about tear out. (<i>I know, you're jealous of my life.</i>) …

Festool Recon – New Reconditioned Tools Website from Festool

From time to time, Festool offers their reconditioned tools in a big sale, which presents an opportunity to purchase their tools at a decent price …

Dugout Chair Part 7, The Bark Flies

Before I could strip the bark off the dugout chair, I needed to shape the chair’s back. The bark had all my layout marks indicating the final shape …

Dugout Chair Part 6, Remove the Rot

My progress on the dugout chair has been stymied by rains from two hurricanes, building two Campaign bookshelves and laying out a forthcoming book on …

Live at Lunch! Build a Sturdy Workbench is LIVE on Facebook

One of the perks of working at Popular Woodworking is the unlimited access to the decades of content in our library. The shear number of books, …

Workbenches

Five Lessons from the Staked Chair Project

I moved to Kentucky/Cincinnati on July 1st, and by the 15th of the month, I was already starting out on building the furniture for my new house here. …

How I got Rid of Leaf and Pine Needle Stains on a Deck

You may recall that I have a brother who comes up with some very unusual finish problems. This one’s a beauty. As with many people, my brother has a …

Diamonds are a Turner’s Best Friend: My Favorite Slipstone

The circumference of a 12” bowl (2πr) is about 38”. Multiply that to a lathe’s speed and you’ll realize that wood turners are making almost a mile of …

Diamonds

Sketch Your Way to Better Designs

One of my best woodworking tools is one I don’t write about much: my sketchbook. It’s an inexpensive spiral-bound thing I get at the grocery store, …

Graphics

The Best Woodworking Etsy Shops To Follow

These shops go against the grain.<p>Whether you live in the mountains, a small town or a city, there’s something almost romantically alluring about handmade, well-crafted wooden decor.<p>Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to find a woodworker or carpenter locally from whom you can snag the unique, …

Etsy

10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Storage Benches

An outdoor storage bench is a solution to many problems. In addition to hiding your sins (or at least your muddy boots), it can double as a coffee …

Furniture

How to Make Vintage Linoleum Countertops – Part 2

A quickly put-together retro-style cabinet with salvaged hardware and linoleum top.<p>Note: <i>This is the second of a series. The third will deal with</i> …

Week in Review: September 11-16

I have to admit, it was an interesting week on popularwoodworking.com. The contributors to the Shop Blog brought up a few topics that typically stir …

How to Carve Drawer Pulls by Hand

There comes a time in every project with doors and drawers called “pull-gatory,” when the struggle of sticking something onto the front of the …

The Workbench X-Files

During the last decade I’ve amassed hundreds of images of early workbenches as part of my research into pre-industrial woodworking. Inevitably, some …

A Visit to Takuji Matsuda’s Kiribako Shop: Part 2 – Planing and Shooting Platform for Japanese Planes

My friend and neighbor, Takuji Matsuda, enjoys the advantages of a western workbench. You read part one of my workshop tour here. But when it comes …

Furniture Fundamentals Book Giveaway

When I joined the woodworking team a few of years ago I found myself thumbing through a couple of books in the Furniture Fundamentals series. …

Furniture

Video: How to Choose a Push Stick – Table Saw Safety

Push sticks? Yes, that is the topic of today’s blog, and it’s also the answer – Yes! Every woodworker has had a close call (or worse) or knows …

Power Tools

CAD to CAM to CNC: Part Seven — Programming a CNC for 3D Carving

My last several posts have been about how the BARN workbench vise chops were designed. In this post, I’ll show you how the CNC was programmed for …

Tricks of the Trade: Dust Collection for Ports of All Sizes

I made this adapter to hook up dust collection to the odd-size fitting (2″) on my oscillating sander. Start with a hardwood block that is (in my …

How to Prepare Construction Lumber for Furniture

Construction pine, the stuff you get at the big box stores, has a bad rap with woodworkers. It’s poorly dried, hard to work and moves way too much. …

Design

How to Remove Scratches from a Car – Polish with an Electric Polisher, a Lamb’s-wool Pad and Water-based Rubbing Compound

I have a friend who did a stupid thing. Before explaining what happened, I want to remove any reference to a real name or a sex. So I’m going to call …

Artisan Geometry

<i>The universal and timeless structure of our imaginations.</i><p>by George Walker<br>pages 18-20<p>Woodworking spans the globe and is a common thread linking humans …

Geometry

Arts & Crafts Sideboard

This Harris Lebus classic is a tour-de-force of the English aesthetic. by Nancy R. Hiller pages 28-37 When we think of the origins of the Arts & …

Design