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Hands-on advice, woodworking tips and techniques from the editors and contributing editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine

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This blog includes free videos, tool reviews we didn’t have room for in the printed magazine and tidbits of the day-to-day life here at the magazine and in the world of woodworking.


Chris Schwarz
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Chris Schwarz Blog

Contributing editor Christopher Schwarz is a long-time amateur woodworker and professional journalist. He built his first workbench at age 8 and spent weekends helping his father build two houses on the family’s farm outside Hackett, Ark.— using mostly hand tools. Despite his early experience on the farm, Chris remains a hand-tool enthusiast.

Chris’s blog focuses mostly on hand tools and hand work. Chris also writes short tool reviews, book reviews and generally gets the inside scoop on new hand tool introductions before other blogs.


Chris Schwarz
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Arts & Mysteries with Adam Cherubini

Arts & Mysteries is one of our most-read columns in Popular Woodworking Magazine. Whether you sympathize with Adam Cherubini’s approach to working wood entirely with hand tools or think he’s simply a glutton for punishment, I think we all can agree on one thing: Adam’s column is never boring.
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A Coffin-building Party

When I die, I want to leave this world in the same way I lived in it. As a woodworker who has spent his entire life building furniture for myself and others, I couldn’t imagine being placed into a box that someone else made. In 2005, I read this article in TheNew York Times...

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Labor Day Laughs

This post has nothing to do with woodworking – so stop reading now if you’re just going to complain about that. I imagine with the long Labor Day weekend in the U.S., many of us are heading off to end-of-summer picnics. And if you’re looking for dishes to take along, click on the link...

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Moxon Vise Omnibus

The title of this post is a bit of a misnomer; there’s simply not time enough for me to track down and link to everything we have written about the Moxon vise, or the many posts on other sites about the same. But I’ve taken a  stab at it, because at least once a...

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2 Weeks, 2 shows & 1 Awesome Store

I’ve been on the road quite a bit the last couple of weeks. It all started with a 48 hour trip (72 of which was spent in the Milwaukee airport) to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the New Product Symposium at Milwaukee Tools. That trip was immediately (it felt fairly immediate anyway) followed up with four days in Atlanta...

Grand Prize Winner 2014 Veneer-Tech Craftsman's Challenge

Best Veneer of the Year

The IWF and AWFS show (held in alternating years in Atlanta and Las Vegas) are known as places where machinery manufacturers and industry suppliers show their latest products. One of the highlights of these shows for me is the announcement of the winners of the annual Veneer-Tech Craftsman’s Challenge awards. I was a judge...

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Newport Tea Table with Alf Sharp

The video shoot of Alf Sharp building a Newport Tea Table continues. The legs are shaping up quit nicely, as you can see in the short video below as Alf discusses the knee carving on the Goddard design. (If you missed Alf’s comments on carving the open talon Ball & Claw foot on this...

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Big Steel City News

The folks over at Steel City Tool Works (SCTW) have teamed up with Columbus, Ohio woodworking icon WoodWerks’ Todd Damon to revitalize and energize their line of tools. I spoke with the managing partners (David Campagna & Damon) and president of SCTW (Lucas Chang) about the formation of the Axiom Tool Group (ATG) and...

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Thomas Day House: Pre-WIA Special Tour

Come to North Carolina a day early for Woodworking in America (the conference is Sept, 12-14 in Winston-Salem, N.C.) and make plans to visit the Thomas Day House/Union Tavern (a National Historic Landmark) in Milton, N.C. between 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 11. Jerome Bias (who is speaking in Day and his work at...

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Be at Midwest Lumber Saturday

I can’t seem to locate the images I know I took of Christopher Schwarz at Midwest Lumber when last we were there…and that’s probably a good thing. If I recall correctly, they showed him scrambling up the many and highly stacked wood piles to unearth the perfect pieces of pine, teak, mahogany and sapele....