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Fine Woodworking comes to Twitter

comments (3) April 16th, 2009 in blogs

MKenney Matthew Kenney, special projects editor
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A little more than a year ago, I was a lot like our readers. I was an avid furniture maker, and when I wasn't in the shop I was reading whatever I could find about woodworking. And I wasn't an editor at Fine Woodworking.

A year into things I am still excited about the job. It's fantastic. I meet great furniture makers, travel to their shops, and talk about woodworking with them. I get to build furniture for articles that I'm working on. I pick the brains of the folks I work with. And I'm constantly looking for new authors for the magazine, and I'm always on the lookout for good article ideas. In other words, it's woodworking followed up by a little more woodworking. What could be better than that?

I've thought it might be cool to share some of my life as an editor with our readers, and I've decided to give Twitter ( a try. Twitter lets you post short messages about what you're currently up to, what you're thinking and wondering about, and, really, just about anything. I'll use my Twitter account to tweet about woodworking and life behind the scenes at Fine Woodworking. There won't be any juicy rumors about my fellow editors, but I hope there's some good stuff there.

Honestly, I'm really hoping that some of our readers will get involved. Fine Woodworking is a reader written magazine. And I think that Twitter can help me better understand you and what you'd like from us. So I'll also be looking for help from you.

Here's a link to my profile. And here's hoping you follow along.

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Comments (3)

MKenney MKenney writes: Bill,
Gina saw your post before me, but she gave you my response. With a shorter bench I would recommend securing the top (it won't be as heavy).

Best of luck. Matt
Posted: 1:27 pm on April 17th

GEide GEide writes: Dear Mr. Goodwin,

Good question. Sorry I need to add this info to the video pages. It's just been so busy, I haven't had time. Here's the info you're looking for:

"All that is needed is two cleats attached to underside of the top. I would put one just to the inside of each of the top members on the trestles. They should be snug up against those cross members. I’ll do that one day, but in all honesty, my top doesn’t move, and there’s nothing holding it in place.--MK"

Posted: 10:53 am on April 17th

WBGoodwin WBGoodwin writes: Hi Matt,

I have been following all the info on workbenches on FWW for over a year now as I plan to build a workbench for my self. Well, your bench won me over and I am going to start building a slightly shorter version of your bench next week. My bench will only be 5 1/2 feet long as my small workshop space requires it.

I purchased a download of you plan for the bench to get the details, but you do not discuss the fastening of the top to the base. I am sure expansion and contraction of the top seasonally will be an issue. How did you secure the top on your bench?

Bill Goodwin
Posted: 7:31 am on April 17th

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