Sunday, May 27, 2018

Folding Bookstand – Reader Build: Patrick Brennan

Bookstand completed stand unfolded

It’s not every day that I get excited about a bookstand, but there was something uniquely enticing about Chris Schwarz’s folding bookstand build in the June 2018 issue of Popular Woodworking. In true campaign furniture style, the “transformer-like” bookstand is constructed cleverly with copper rivets that double as both the joinery and pivot points. When the issue came, I put aside my current project and started cutting out the pieces […]

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

How to Make a Maloof Joint

The Classic Maloof Joint and Hal Taylor’s Modification Sam Maloof is a midcentury craftsman most famously known for his sculptural chairs. This is evident in the rounded corners, molded seats, and curved arms and backrests. His joinery also embodied this sculptural motif. I recently took a trip to Iowa to build a Maloof inspired sculpted rocker with my mentor, Tim Fuller. While I implemented some design and joinery modifications, the […]

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Every Woodshop Needs a A Machinist’s Vise

A medium size machinist’s vise can be quite a handy tool in every shop and at every hobbyist/handyperson’s garage or studio. On top of helping us secure hardware and other small metal objects when drilling, sawing and filing, this vise can be very instrumental in providing assistance for shaping wooden objects. In my classroom, students use machinist’s vises (aka Bench vise)  to clamp small wooden knives, carved animals and other […]

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More Woodworking Video Than You Can Watch In a Week

And we’re going to give you the chance to try! Most PopWood fans know we offer full-length videos for sale as downloads, but have you discovered our streaming video site? With almost 900 woodworking videos available, you can binge woodworking just like Netflix! And starting this Memorial Day weekend we’re going to give you a one-week free trial to get a taste of the woodworking video firehose! All your favorites are […]

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Woodworking DVD Clearance Sale and Half-Price Videos

If you’ve thought about getting any of our great woodworking videos on DVD, now is the time. We’ve put almost every DVD in our store on sale, up to 75% off. You can get full seasons of The Woodwright’s Shop, great project builds including this Puzzle Stool and one of my favorite videos, Foundations of Better Woodworking with Jeffrey Miller. I watch this one front to back at least once a […]

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Free Shipping on Everything at Shop Woodworking

English Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects & Techniques for the Modern Maker

Now through May 29, you can get free standard shipping on any order over at Shop Woodworking. That includes everything – books, DVDs, magazines and other accessories. Are you as excited about Nancy Hiller’s gorgeous book on English Arts & Crafts as I am? It’s the perfect time to order your copy! Or maybe you don’t have Chris Schwarz’s quintessential text on workbenches yet. It’s what I always recommend anyone […]

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Maker Faire Bay Area 2018

What’s a geeky woodworker to do? I just happened to plan and precisely time a family visit to San Francisco during the major event for the truly obsessive creatives among us: The Bay Area Maker Faire. The Faire is a large public event and the creation of Make Magazine. The annual Bay Area show takes place in San Mateo, California for three days in May.  What is it? Maker Faire […]

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