Scoop a Chair Seat Without Specialty Tools

One of the barriers to making a Windsor chair are all the specialty tools, including the adze, scorp and travisher to scoop out the seat. Though I own all these tools and have used them for more than a decade, I sometimes wonder if they are all necessary. How would you make a comfortable and sturdy chair if you didn’t own specialty tools? This week I’m building a primitive three-legged […]

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And the Winner of the New Arts & Crafts Book Is…

Congratulations to “amvolk” (a.k.a. Andrew Volk). He’s the winner of a print copy of the second edition of “Popular Woodworking’s Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects,” now with 17 new projects (42 in all). The new edition is available now to order in both paperback (the book is expected to be in house and shipping in three weeks) and as a PDF download (“shipping” right away) at shopwoodworking.com. — Megan Fitzpatrick

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Coffin Smoother Tune-up

To try and inspire you to give wooden planes a try I have endeavored to keep things within this post as simple as possible, but before we get started a bit of preamble. I’m going to avoid waxing lyrical about these planes and try to let history give you a nudge. Although wooden planes across the board may look different than many of the excellent metal offerings of today, this […]

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Greene & Greene Frame

Advance copies of “Popular Woodworking’s Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects, 2nd Edition” recently showed up on my desk. The book looks fantastic – a good update of a collection that was a favorite among readers for years. This expanded version features 17 additional pieces (42 projects in all).  Here’s an excerpt by Robert W. Lang on creating a picture frame designed by Charles & Henry Greene, architects who also designed the furniture (most of […]

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Meet the New Popular Woodworking Books Editor

Hello, I’m the new editor for Popular Woodworking Books. It’s a New Year and I have a new job and you have a new person to reach out to with questions about the books we create. So, howdy. You might want to know a little about me. I’m a writer and editor. I’m a husband and a dad. I’m a bit of a sci-fi nerd. I’m a martial artist. And […]

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The Artisan’s Security Blanket

Some shop practices are so obvious that they hardly merit discussion. But every time I think that about some routine I have been taught, I am stunned by the blind spots of many of my students. (I am aware that I have blind spots, as well). I’m always curious about shops that don’t have moving blankets lying around. How, I wonder, do they protect the work from becoming shop-worn? The […]

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