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STL 76: The Drunken Woodworker

STL 75: Return of the Tool Bomb This week on Shop Talk Live, the gang recounts some of their worst tool purchases ever, in a brand-new edition of our Tool Bombs segment. Then it's off to the races as...

STL 75: Return of the Tool Bomb

Recounting our worst tool purchases ever. Plus, your questions on tablesaws, router tables, handplanes, and more.

STL 74: Mastering the Molding Plane

Awesome molding planes, Matt Kenney's bogus sick call, plus your woodworking questions answered

Cabinetry Contest Winners Announced

The votes are in for the two top cabinets in our recent gallery challenge

Queen Anne Lowboy

Learn how to build a Queen Anne Lowboy and earn your stripes as a period furniture maker

STL 73: Sticking it to the EU

Seems like some guys still rip without a fence. Plus—is it possible to outfit a European tablesaw with a dado set?

STL 72: Another Tablesaw Lawsuit

We interview SawStop president Steve Gass and trial attorney John Bell regarding the latest verdict in a tablesaw liability suit. Plus, big news regarding a new SawStop product!

Free Book Download and New Gallery Contest

Download a free chapter from the Pocket Hole Joinery book and learn how to enter our latest gallery challenge!

STL 71: Return of the Speed Tenon

"Speed tenoning" gets a second look as we answer your woodworking questions

Creative Cabinetry Gallery Contest: Official Rules

Upload photos of your cabinetry projects for a chance to bring home one of two prize packages

STL 70: Lie-Nielsen Live

Hand tool maverick Thomas Lie-Nielsen sits down with Shop Talk Live

Soup-to-Nuts Handplane Restoration

Get the scoops on a new long-form video series covering every aspect of vintage handplane restoration

STL 69: Mike's Goldrush Doppelganger

Is our very own Mike Pekovich a Discovery Channel television star? You be the judge.

STL 68: Maine Furniture Master Tim Rousseau

Ten questions for Maine furniture maker and Fine Woodworking contributor Tim Rousseau

Everything You Need to Know About Mitered Joinery

Furniture maker and woodworking instructor Tim Rousseau covers the basics of frame and carcass mitered joinery

STL 67: Ask a Rocket Scientist Returns

Our fabled "Ask a Rocket Scientist" segment returns as we pay homage to a super-sharp Fine Woodworking reader

Veneered Boxes with a Twist

Learn how to build beautiful boxes sporting intricate geometric veneer patterns.

STL 66: SawStop Gets a Slider

This week we get a live report on new tools and machinery at the International Woodworking Fair, plus our tips on getting a serious start in furniture making.

STL 65: Wicked Workshop Tips

This week: our quest to help listeners build the best workshops possible

Festool Domino Accessories for Imperial Woodworkers

More on working with the Festool Domino's imperial measurement system

Centering the Festool Domino on Imperial Based Materials

Learn how to get around the Festool Domino's one caveat for U.S.-based furniture makers

STL 64: Lie-Nielsen's Epic Open House

Matt Kenney on his visit to Lie-Nielsen's annual open house event, Smooth Moves, Tool Bombs, and your woodworking questions answered

STL 63: The Micro-Sized Workshop

Can you still build quality furniture in a workshop shoehorned into an apartment?

STL 62: Chevrolets for Marquetry?

Rusty tablesaws, vintage bandsaws, workbench conundrums, and the conclusion of our extended interview with furniture maker Patrick Edwards

STL 61: Mind-Blowing Marquetry

Shop Talk Live sits down with marquetry master and SAPFM Cartouche Award-winner W. Patrick Edwards

STL 60: Dumpster Diving for Terrific Tools

It might be trash to you, but they're terrific tool deals to us!

STL 59: No Such Thing as Too Many Tools

FWW contributing editor and tool junkie Roland Johnson takes your questions, and we reveal why anchor chain iron makes great chisels.

A Lazy Suzan for Zeus Himself

How do you pass meat and cheese around a 7-ft. round, timber-framed table? You build a giant Lazy Susan, set into the tabletop, and running on invisible bearings. And then you invite the Gods to dinner.

STL 58: Is Woodworking an Art

Is fine furniture a form of art? You be the judge as we duke it out.

STL 57: Tablesaw Accident Update

A potential new miracle cure for tablesaw injuries? Plus, your woodworking questions and back cover editor Jon Binzen on acclaimed craftsmen, cantankerous woodworkers, and more!

Michael Fortune Garden Chair Video Series

Find out when you can get your hands on the DVD and project plan for Michael Fortune’s latest video series project

STL 56: James Krenov's Legacy Lives On

This week we travel to James Krenov's College of the Redwoods as we interview lead instructor Laura Mays, and answer your woodworking questions.

Japanese Music Stand

This Japanese music stand is made from French white-oak wine barrel staves and old-growth redwood.

STL 55: Mike's Tool Chest Disaster

Mike Pekovich comes clean about a recent tool chest disaster. Plus, your woodworking questions answered.

STL 54: Greatest Hit and a Slight Delay

This week, we're on vacation. So sit back and enjoy one of our greatest hits: it's our 2012 interview with Lee Valley's very own Robin Lee. Learn how your hand tools are made!

STL 53: Bitchin' Block Rabbet Planes

Block plane debates, the merits of flocking boxes, reclaimed lumber, and more!

What Really Happens on a Fine Woodworking Photo Shoot

FWW contributing editor Roland Johnson plays a mean mandolin

STL 52: A Hit Man in the Workshop

Get the inside scoop on weired woodworking road stories, the idea of hiring a hit man for bug-laden wood, and your workshop questions answered.

STL 51: Used Diapers in the Workshop?

How can diapers help you in the workshop? Tune in and find out. Plus, your questions on cold glue-ups, live edge tops, and more.

Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us

Check out the list below and take a class or attend an event with one of Fine Woodworking's frequent contributors.

Diamon-Patterned Humidor

Made of wild tamarind, this humidor has a diamond-pattern veneer.

Japanese Display Cabinet

Cypress lattice from traditional Japanese house is used to make this beautiful cabinet.

Massachusetts Tea Table

Colonial Williamsburg inspires new version of Massachusetts tea table.

Danish Lounger

Woodworker combines form with Danish modern style.

18th-Century French Harpsichord

Woodworker: Charles PalmerAfter seven years of piano lessons as a child, Palmer was introduced to J.S. Bach's Baroque music and was hooked. He has built three harpsichords from kits since 1974 he...

Music and Wine Credenza

This creative credenza can store record albums, CDs, and bottles of wine.

STL 50: Tool Bombs and Colonial Woodworking

We get the scoop on Working Wood in the 18th Century, introduce a new segment on tool "lemons" and answer your woodworking questions.

STL 49: Power Tool Power

What do all those horsepower ratings on your power tools really mean? Plus, questions on benchtops, bent-laminations, and more!

STL 48: Guitar God Mike Pekovich

This week we reveal the sweet sounds of guitar God Mike Pekovich, answer reader questions, and chew the fat concerning how to grab woodworking commissions

STL 47: Compromising Photos from FWW

This week, the guys report on a shopmade gift that fell flat on its face, introduce a brand-new segment on the show, and answer a variety of your woodworking questions.

Two-Drawer Cherry Jewelry Chest

This two-drawer cherry jewelry chest has ebony knobs and maple drawer boxes.

Cherry Rocker with Hickory Bark Woven Seat

This cherry rocker has a hickory bark woven seat.

Wormhole-Maple Chest

Woodworker Mike McGinnis made this chest from a maple tree that stood outside his son's childhood bedroom.

Candlepin-Leg and Danish Cord Seat Bench

Woodworker Peter Turner incorporated a Danish-cord seat in this bench.

Bombe Chest of Drawers

Woodworker Joseph P. Klosek challenged his abilities as a cabinetmaker with this bombé chest of drawers.

Shop Talk Live 46: Ed Cuts the Cord

Ed cops to his most boneheaded shop move ever, and the guys answer questions on everything from handplanes and finishes—to the Golden Ratio.

Shop Talk Live 45: Taking the Fun Out of Fine Woodworking

We welcome our new editor onto the podcast, answer a bevy of woodworking questions and ponder the idea of taking the "fun" out of Fine Woodworking

Turning Techniques & Projects

Turning Techniques & Projects

Shop Talk Live 44: Big Changes for Fine Woodworking

We announce some big changes at Fine Woodworking magazine, offer up a new audio Shop Stumper, and tackle your woodworking questions.

Routers and Router Tables

Routers and Router Tables

Best Workshops

Best Workshops

Best Workbenches

Best Workbenches

Design Book 8

Design Book 8

101 More Tips for Woodworkers

101 More Tips for Woodworkers

2013 Tool Guide

2013 Tool Guide

Quick & Easy Projects

Quick & Easy Projects



Building Furniture

Building Furniture

Shop Talk Live 43: Richard Raffan Comes Stateside

We welcome Australian turner Richard Raffan to the podcast and announce the sale of a sweet lathe christened by the master himself

Shop Talk Live 42: Top Secret Woodworking Topics

This week on Shop Talk Live, we cover toxic furniture wax, classified furniture-related emails from the U.S. government, and a few bandsaw basics. Plus, an audio stumper featuring a furniture legend.

December 2013

Fine Woodworking Magazine - December 2013 - Issue no. 236

Shop Talk Live 41: Ask a Rocket Scientist

Tablesaw safety comes center-stage as we bring a certified, honest-to-goodness rocket scientist to Shop Talk Live

Shop Talk Live 40: From Compass Planes to Corrugated Planes

What's the big deal about compass planes and corrugated handplanes? Plus, one monster of a "Smooth Move."

Shop Talk Live 39: Handplane Hassles and Hardships

Why handplanes are worth all the hassle, tips on tuning up your spokeshave, and your woodworking questions answered.

Shop Talk Live 38: Brian Boggs' Brainy Machinery

We record from Fine Woodworking Live 2013, welcome chairmaker Brian Boggs to the podcast, and chat it up with the Modern Woodworkers' Association.

October 2013

Fine Woodworking Magazine - October 2013 - Issue no. 235

AWFS 2013 Tool and Machinery Roundup

Catch all the latest breaking tool and machinery news from AWFS Las Vegas

Shop Talk Live 36: Definitely a Dovetail Disaster

We share our wood movement horror stories, offer tips to keep doors and drawers from swelling shut, and answer your woodworking questions

Unplug Your Tools and Work by Hand

Woodworker Tom Fidgen's latest book is an ode to hand work

Shop Talk Live 35: Legendary Workshops

Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answer questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking's biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to for...

Build a Bowfront Wall Cabinet

Matt Kenney explains what’s involved in building an elegant bow-front wall cabinet using vacuum press veneer techniques.

Fight Physics with Lapped Dovetails

Sometimes a mortise-and-tenon just isn't strong enough

Fine Furniture in the Sunshine State

Every February, Tampa hosts the Florida State Fair. It's an opportunity for Floridians to exhibit their chosen passion, from photography to fish tanks, and compete for prizes and ribbons. One of the...

Shop Talk Live 34: Bandsaw Master Michael Fortune

Bandsaw master Michael Fortune sits down for 20 questions as we focus on power tool and machinery related topics. Plus, we debut a fictional FWW television drama and get the scoop on Matt Kenney's new monster jointer.

Shop Talk Live 33: Best Bets for Jointer-Planer Upgrades

Are helical cutterheads worth the investment on your jointer? Find out this week on Shop Talk Live. Plus, we reveal an exceptional value for brass hinges and introduce Matt's new theme music.

August 2013

Fine Woodworking Magazine - August 2013 - Issue no. 234

Shop Talk Live 32: Vintage Machinery Bargains and Blunders

Matt Kenney searches the internet for vintage woodworking machinery and bites off a bit more than he can chew

Shop Talk Live 31: Ditch That Miter Saw for a Tablesaw

This week, we tackle questions on planers, bandsaws, benches, and more. Plus, Matt Kenney gets busted for running staples over a jointer!

Build an Arts and Crafts Book Rack

Woodworker Gregory Paolini shows you how to build an Arts & Crafts style book rack.

Shop Talk Live 30: Super-Smooth Handplane Tips

On this week's podcast, we tackle the dedicated vs. combo milling machine conundrum, offer plenty of handplane tips, and fill folks in on more Fine Woodworking Live 2013 news

Special Announcement: Shop Talk Live 30 Delayed

We'll be back on Monday, April 22, 2013 for a brand new episode of Shop Talk Live

UPDATE: Win an all-access pass to Fine Woodworking Live 2013!

Find out who won our all-access pass to Fine Woodworking Live 2013

Shop Talk Live 29: Secrets for Sharp Blades and Perfect Plane Irons

Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answer questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking's biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to for...

June 2013

Learn how to fix common joinery mistakes. Plus, build a steam-bent lounge chair, working safely at the tablesaw, and more.

Tablesaw Techniques

Celebrated woodworking teacher Marc Adams shows you how to get the most from your tablesaw.

Shop Talk Live 28: Shocking Confession from a Fine Woodworking Staffer

This week on FWW's very own podcast, we hear a shocking confession concerning allegations of tool abuse, review the latest news in our Tablesaw Terror files, and offer up a heaping spoonful of our favorite woodworking techniques.

The 4 Handsaws You Must Have

These tools can be faster and more accurate than machines

Shop Talk Live 27: Million Dollar Woodworker

This week on the podcast, we interview period furniture master Phil Lowe, and answer your questions, with a bit of help from actor/woodworker Nick Offerman

Plane Irons and Chisels Need a Flat, Polished Back

Learn how to use sandpaper glued to granite to acheive a mirror polish on your favorite cutting tools

Shop Talk Live 26: Workbench Glue-Up Conundrum

This week, we celebrate our first anniversary, dive into a debate on workbench top glue-up options, and answer your woodworking questions.

Shop Talk Live 25: Time for a New Monster Workbench?

Matt Kenney thinks it's time to reinvent his "monster workbench." Plus, dueling ideologies on workbench finishes and Ed's absurd British accent.

April 2013

Learn how to build a Shaker chimney cupboard. Plus, tips on building doors that stay flat, how to inlay stringing, and more.

7 Lessons for the Aspiring Furniture Maker

Every woodworker has to start somewhere. Get good advice from those who have already paved the way.

Shop Talk Live 24: Wicked Weapon for Terrific Tenons

Every two weeks, a team of Fine Woodworking staffers answer questions from readers on Shop Talk Live, Fine Woodworking's biweekly podcast. Send your woodworking questions to for...

Shop Talk Live 23: Cuba's Forgotten Furniture Masterpieces

Find out why Cuban mahogany is now a protected species as Ed Pirnik reports on his recent trip to Havana, Cuba.

Shop Talk Live 22: Handplane How-To

FWW welcomes the Modern Woodworkers Association to it's regular podcast for some major "wood talk."

Reflection and Response Following December 14, 2012

A note to our readers concerning the tragic events of Friday, December 14, 2012.

Shop Talk Live 21: Tablesaw Tech

We tackle what to look for when purchasing a used tablesaw, and what to consider when rehabbing your own vintage unit.

February 2013

Learn how to master Greene & Greene details. Also, our tablesaw clinic will teach you how to make perfect dovetails and 3 essential jigs for your rip fence.

Winter 2012/2013

Learn how to build a Roubo-inspired workbench with tricked out vises in Fine Woodworking's annual Tools and Shops issue. Plus, tips on getting your new handplane to perform at its best, and techniques for tuning up your jointer.

Fine Woodworking Magazine - December 2012 - Issue no. 229

Learn how to build beautiful furniture from reclaimed lumber. Plus, tips on tapered legs, floating tabletops, and a primer on the iconic Shaker style.

Fine Woodworking Magazine - October 2012 - Issue no. 228

Fine Woodworking reviews the best block planes on the market, with tips on how to get the most out of this must-have workshop companion. Plus, learn how to revive tired old furniture finishes and build an Arts and Crafts desk.

Fine Woodworking Magazine - August 2012 - Issue no. 227

Learn how to build a dead-square crosscut sled that guarantees perfect results. Plus, tips on how to sharpen a card scraper, rust protection for tools, and a project plan for a beautiful Shaker hall table.

Fine Woodworking Magazine - May/June 2012 - Issue no. 226

Fine Woodworking Magazine - Digital Issues

Fine Woodworking Magazine - March/April 2012 - Issue no. 225

Fine Woodworking Magazine - Digital Issues

Fine Woodworking Magazine - January/February 2012 - Issue no. 224

Fine Woodworking Magazine - Digital Issues

Fine Woodworking Magazine - Winter 2011 Tools and Shops - Issue no. 223

Fine Woodworking Magazine - Digital Issues

Shop Talk Live 20: Fine Woodworking on Primetime TV

Get the scoop on an upcoming appearance by Fine Woodworking staffers on NBC primetime television

See it in Motion: Honing a Skew Chisel

Watch chairmaker Peter Galbert hone a woodturner's skew chisel

See it in Motion: Grind a Parting Tool

Watch chairmaker Peter Galbert grind a diamond parting tool

See it in Motion: Body Movement for Woodturners

See what the right posture for spindle turning at the lathe looks like

Shop Talk Live 19: All Time Favorite Techniques of All Time

We offer up a few of our favorite woodworking techniques and answer reader questions in the latest edition of Fine Woodworking's biweekly podcast

Shop Talk Live 18: George Nakashima 2.0

Find out how George Nakashima's acclaimed woodworking studio faired after his death, and learn how daughter Mira picked up the reigns in an exclusive interview

See it in Motion: Benchcrafted Vise is a Breeze to Use

Learn what makes this modern take on a traditional leg vise so much fun

Shop Talk Live 17: Behind-the-Scenes at Lee Valley Tools

Asa Christiana hits the road for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Lee Valley Tools

Shop Talk Live 16: A Lethal Dose of PEG?

We answer reader questions and discuss the potential lethality of some woodworking chemistry, with special guest: Ed's dad

See it in Motion: Chamfering Proud Through Dovetails

Chamfering proud dovetails offers a truly distinctive look for the right furniture project.

See it in Motion: Tablesaw Leg Tapering Jig

Period furniture pro Steve Latta's leg tapering jig is both safer and easier to use

Shop Talk Live 15: Curvy Cabinet Conundrum

This week on Shop Talk Live, we poll readers on our next Video Workshop furniture project and answer woodworking questions.

Woodworking with Ebony

When it comes to working ebony, hand tools take center-stage

Shop Talk Live 14: Who Needs Half-Blind Dovetails?

This week on Shop Talk Live, our staffers tread carefully on a touchy woodworking subject: are half-blind dovetails really worth the effort?

Avoid Twisted Doors in Your Furniture Projects

If your frame-and-panel doors are turning out twisted despite a flush, plumb joint between the door and cabinet side, check your joinery

Complete IWF Woodworking Show Coverage

Fine Woodworking heads to Atlanta for International Woodworking Fair (IWF) coverage. Keep abreast of all the latest woodworking tool and machinery news!

Shop Talk Live 13: Where Christian Becksvoort is Shinin' on Me

This week on Shop Talk Live, we offer highlights of our first ever Fine Woodworking Live event, with clips from actor/Woodworker Nick Offerman's performance.

Woodworkers in the Northeast, Unite!

Woodworkers to gather in upstate New York ahead of Fine Woodworking LIVE

Shop Talk Live 11: That Sinking Feeling

On this week's edition of Fine Woodworking's very own podcast, we answer your woodworking questions, reveal our own building blunders, and try to divine the future of the craft.

Shop Talk Live 10: Handplanes for a Desert Island

This week on Shop Talk Live, our editors dive into a little "workbench tech" and answer your questions on a variety of topics.

Asian-Inspired Hall Table Video Workshop Now on DVD

Now you can own your very own copy of the Asian-Inspired Hall Table Video Workshop on DVD. With over 100 minutes of video instruction from furniture maker Timothy Rousseau, you'll learn how to build...

Shop Talk Live 9: Four Finger Swipe

This week on Shop Talk Live, senior editor Matt Kenney reveals his sordid past as a philosophy professor. Plus, we answer your woodworking questions.

Shop Talk Live 8: Just a Splash of Water

Stream the June 8 episode of Fine Woodworking's biweekly podcast on your computer, or download it via iTunes.

Nick Offerman Talks Woodworking Obsession

Nick Offerman recently wrote an article in the Huffington Post about his avid obsession with fine woodworking

How to Slice the Toughest Material Known to Man

FWW art director Mike Pekovich can out-sharpen almost any woodworker we know! Watch him get put to the test in this short video.

See it in Motion: Three-Way Miter Joint

Andrew Hunter's three-way miter joint is a staggering feat of craftsmanship. Learn how this complex joint comes together with this companion video clip for his article in Fine Woodworking #227.

See it in Motion: Bandsaw Jig for Curved Parts

Watch bandsaw wiz Michael Fortune's jig for cutting curved parts in action, with this companion video clip for his article in Fine Woodworking #227.

Shop Talk Live 7: Mike Gets Crickets

Catch the video footage of Shop Talk Live: Episode 7, Fine Woodworking's livestream and podcast.

Shop Talk Live 6: On the Pod

This week on Shop Talk Live, finishing expert Jeff Jewitt and FWW editor Asa Christiana take your questions

Trim Plywood Edging Flush, Simply and Safely

Sometimes it's better to bring the workpiece to the router

Get an Edge Up on Your Shoulder Plane

A bit of work on the blade makes a big difference

Shop Talk Live 5: Compounding Errors

Catch the video footage of Shop Talk Live: Episode 5, Fine Woodworking's livestream and podcast. This week, there's talk of tablesaw legislation, workshop blunders, and the lovely smell of lacquer in the morning.

Shop Talk Live 4: Dueling Cabinets

Catch the video footage of Shop Talk Live: Episode 4, Fine Woodworking's livestream and podcast.

Free Chapter Download From Woodworking 101

Download a free chapter from our new book, Woodworking 101

Shop Talk Live 3: Diminishing Returns

Catch the video footage of Shop Talk Live: Episode 3, Fine Woodworking's livestream and podcast.

How to Rehab a Traditional Workbench

Revive your tired workhorse or a flea-market find

Letterman Gives Fine Woodworking More Airtime

Nick Offerman is back at it again, promoting his favorite magazine on late night television with David Letterman

Shop Talk Live: Episode 2

Catch the archived video footage of Shop Talk Live: Episode 2, Fine Woodworking's livestream and podcast.

Shop Talk Live 1: The Big Debut

Welcome to the debut episode of our live streaming event—direct from the shop at Fine Woodworking magazine.

New FWW Web Streaming Event Ready to Launch

Join us online, from the shop at Fine Woodworking magazine

Shaker Chimney Cupboard Video Workshop DVD

The Shaker Chimney Cupboard Video Workshop is now available on DVD

Fine Woodworking Live Event

Meet the experts behind the magazine that you love, and spend time with fellow woodworkers sharing experience and knowledge

Self-Centering Mortising Base for the Router

Learn how to build a custom router base for simple, centered mortises. This simple base, used with a plunge router, makes it easy to center a mortise on a leg or post. The base has...

Texas Furniture Makers Show Announces Winners

Two first time entrants to the annual Texas Furniture Makers' Show win big.

Build Your First Workbench

Learn how to build this simple workbench of MDF and hard wood in a weekend.

Free Plan: Build a Picture Frame

Learn how to build professional-quality, custom picture frames at fraction of the cost

The Faces of

Meet the contributors to

Free Plan: Router Jig Cuts Many Different Mortises

This simple, self-contained mortising jig used with a template guide in a router to cut mortises of nearly any size.

New Tool and Hardware News from Sunny Las Vegas

Our team of crack tool junkies are on the prowl in sunny Las Vegas, in search of new tool and hardware innovations at AWFS 2011.

Fine Woodworking Magazine Goes Digital

Take your choice: flip through page after page of Fine Woodworking magazine on paper or in pixels.

Free Plan: Krenovian Clamp Rack on Wheels

Download a free project plan for a Krenovian clamp rack on wheels

Shop-Made Marking Gauges Simplify Layout

Make marking out joinery even easier with a set of these simple, homemade marking gauges.

Father's Day Must-Have Woodworking Gifts

Find out what Fine Woodworking staffers hope to open up for Father's Day 2011

Blanket Chest Book Scores a Home Run with Industry Blog

FW contributing author Peter Turner's latest book is chock-full of stellar information and plenty of plans for building a beautiful blanket chest!

How to Build and Use a Plane Stop for Narrow Parts

This simple handplane stop secures your workpieces along two edges, giving you solid surface to plane against.

Cheap and Simple Slot Mortiser Plans

Take a video tour of furniture maker Greg Paolini's shop-built slot mortiser—then, get the plan!

Shop Tour: Furniture Maker Greg Paolini

Take a video tour of furniture maker Greg Paolini's workshop and find out why his space houses two back-to-back tablesaws.

Getting Started In Woodworking Season Three: Build a Walnut Nightstand

A new season of our Getting Started in Woodworking series for beginner woodworkers offers step-by-step instructional video to guide you through the process of building a Shaker nightstand.

Building and Using a Simple Plane Stop

Learn how to build and use a handplane stop in this workshop tip from a hand tool pro.

Smart Shop in a One-Car Garage

With our new Workshop Planning Tool, I tried recreating Matthew Teague's Smart Shop in a One-Car Garage.

Complete Inventory of Fine Woodworking Videos is chock full of how-to, project, and woodworking technique videos. Check out this complete listing. This list of more than 500 videos includes both FREE videos and exclusive videos for our online members.

Free Chapter Download: Building Kitchen Cabinets

In this free chapter download, learn solid techniques for getting straight, square, and true face frames from a woodworking pro.

Great Woodworking Tips, Techniques, and Stories

Be sure to browse some of our most popular audio slideshows from the past few years.

Free Woodworking Plan: Build a Shaker Rocker

While it's true that chairs can be intimidating to the woodworker, they don't have to be. Learn how to build this economical Shaker classic with a free woodworking plan!

Download our Best Woodworking Tips & Tricks!

Be sure to grab this free chapter download from our latest collection of woodworking tips.

Clamping cauls: The secret to great glue-ups

Even the most accurately cut joint won’t be perfect if you glue it together incorrectly. The answer is not fancier clamps or specialized jigs; it is shopmade clamping cauls. Quick to make and easy to use, cauls not only pull a joint tight and keep it at the correct angle, but they also protect the workpiece from direct contact with the clamp jaws.

Winners Announced: You Want What Contest

We've narrowed down the field for our "You Want What?" contest to five finalists. Now it's up to you to select the final two winners.

You Want What? Contest

Enter to win one of two prize packages in a contest co-sponsored by Each prize is valued at over $1,500.

Lataxe's Hayrake

English-style rustic dining table.

Garrett Hack Visits German Tool-Maker

Garrett Hack visits one of Europe's oldest hand tool-makers.

Delta Press Release on Separation from Stanley Black and Decker

Delta Press Release on Separation from Stanley Black and Decker and sale to Chang Type Industrial Co. Ltd., a Taiwan-based manufacturing company.

Round up: Colonial Williamsburg Conference 2011

Get the latest updates from Fine Woodworking on the 2011 period furniture conference at Colonial Williamsburg: Working with Wood in the 18th Century.

How to Turn a Basic Bowl

Learn how to turn a small cherry bowl on a mini lathe.

Winner Announced: Help Crown a Dovetail King!

See who took home the grand prize in our dovetail challenge.

Free Home Storage Building Plans

Learn how to build two kitchen storage solutions with a free chapter download.

How to Install Knife Hinges

As with all hinges, careful layout and mortising are the keys to success.

How to Install Butt Hinges

Over the course of the next few weeks, we'll be posting tutorials on how to install a variety of hinges. This week, learn the basics of butt hinge installation.

Learn How Shellac is Made

Follow the shellac production process from tree to can in this audio slideshow.

Free Box Plan from a Box-Building Pro

Download a free chapter from box-making pro Doug Stowe's project-packed book.

Official Rules: Show Us Your Drawers Contest

Official Rules for the Show Us Your Drawers Contest.

Q&A with Furniture Maker Michael Fortune

In the new issue of Fine Woodworking magazine (Jan/Feb 2011 issue), editor Asa Christiana introduces Michael Fortune as our newest contributing editor. Below is a Q&A with this famed furniture maker.

Video Tour: Garage Shop Makeover

Step inside FWW art director Michael Pekovich's newly remodeled garage shop, as featured in the 2010 Tools & Shops issue.

Free Download: How to Use SketchUp Tools

Get a taste of what Tim Killen’s new book, the SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, is all about by downloading a free chapter on how to use SketchUp tools. The chapter will help you get familiar with eight of the basic tools including the line, eraser, push/pull, select, rectangle, circle, arc, and tape measure tools.

Workbench Tip: How to Cut Small Trim

It's OK to turn off your tablesaw when working with small parts. Really. Don't worry. It'll still be there when you're done.

Japanese Tools: How They're Made

Garrett Hack visited the tool making center of Japan, Sanjo City and met with a wooden-body plane maker and a pair of blacksmiths who forge plane irons and chisels.

East Meets West: Garrett Hack's Trip to Japan

Garrett Hack weighs in on the differences between Japanese and Western hand tools after a recent visit to Japan and meeting a local master craftsman.

Jigs Contest: A Correction

A correction to our most recent Got Jigs? gallery contest.

Free Download: Building Doors and Drawers

Download a free chapter from Andy Rae's latest book. Included are techniques for fitting and hinging doors, catches, latches, and more.

Hendrik Varju on Going Pro

10 tips on going pro from Hendrik Varju

Going Pro: a Common Dream but a Difficult Reality

Michael Dunbar wrote this article in 2000 about Going Pro. A lot changed over the last ten year but much of this advice remains current. Any tips that you would add to this list? Any feedback...

Going Pro: Marketing and developing an identity for you and your business

Michael Dunbar wrote an article in 2000 about Going Pro. We're republishing his 8 tips for Going Pro on our new blog The Pro Shop. Read his first four tips here.These tips focus on...

Going Pro: Work the media and cinch the sale

 Michael Dunbar wrote an article in 2000 about Going Pro. We're republishing his 8 tips for Going Pro on our new blog The Pro Shop. Read his first four tips here, andnbsptip...

Children's Furniture Project: A Child's Rocker

This rocker will become a child's favorite chair, so it needs to be construted to take a beating. The construction is a combination of the typical and the unusual - though there are simple dadoes...

FW Teams Up with

CustomMade and Fine Woodworking Announce Partnership To Expand The Market For Woodworkers Selling Custom Made Pieces. The companies both promote knowledge and project sharing among woodworking artisans.

Congratulations Laguna Summer Sweeps Winners

Congratulations to the three winners of the 2010 Laguna Summer Sweepstakes. If you didn't come out a winner this time, don't worry, we've got plenty more contests and sweeps in the lineup for the...

Play Fine Woodworking's Game: Against the Grain

Play Fine Woodworking's game of what "not" to do.

Vote Now! Time is Running Out!

Voting in our Tip-Top Tables Contest ends tomorrow!

Official Rules: Got Jigs? Challenge

Official rules for the Got Jigs? challenge. Contest runs July 6 to August 31, 2010.

How to Mill Lumber

Learn how to mill and prepare rough lumber for your furniture projects.

How to Get Published in Fine Woodworking

Find out how to submit your furniture for publication online or in Fine Woodworking magazine's "Readers Gallery" section.

A North Bennet Street School Gallery

Browse a stellar collection of works by graduates of one of the world's most prestigious woodworking schools

Official Rules Tip Top Table Contest

Official Rules for the Tip Top Table Contest

New Drill-Drivers from DeWalt and Bosch

Are dedicated impact drivers a better deal than all-in-one tools?

How to Cut a Tapered Leg

There's more than one way to cut a taper. Learn three solid techniques that will leave you with beautiful legs.

Clamps: The Secrets to Success

Nothing provokes more stress than a big glue-up. Learning how to properly clamp your work is one of the most critical elements of success. Learn the 3 keys to success with clamps.

How to Glue-Up Joints: Positioning the Clamps

Many woodworkers are underclamping their joints during glue up. To help avoid this, professor Roman Rabiej developed some simple keys to clamping success. One of the keys is to distribute the pressure effectively.

How to Glue-Up Joints: The right number of clamps

Many woodworkers are underclamping their joints during glue up. To help avoid this, professor Roman Rabiej developed some simple keys to clamping success. One of the keys is to use the right clamps for the job so Fine Woodworking tested common bar clamps.

How to Glue-Up Joints: Different Woods Need Different Clamping Pressure

Many woodworkers are underclamping their joints during glue up. To help avoid this, professor Roman Rabiej developed some simple keys to clamping success. One of the keys is that you should apply the right amount of force for the type of wood you’re using since species require different clamping pressure.

How to Glue-Up Joints: Tips on gluing

Tips on gluing up and clamping your work.

How to Make Outdoor Furniture

Make your own patio furniture with project plans, articles, and videos from the Fine Woodworking archive. Plus get tips on building garden furniture.

Tablesaw Tenoning Jig

Make your own tenoning jig for the tablesaw with some scrap plywood and quick-release clamps.

Repeatable Curves with a Bandsaw Jig

Cut repeatable curves with this finger jig and a pattern.

Biscuit-Joiner Jig for Safe Slot Cutting

Strong mitered boxes with a biscuit-joiner jig. This shopmade jig gives you a safer way to cut slots for splines when making mitered boxes.

Self-Centering Mortising Jig

Rout precise mortises with this self-centering jig. The rotating circles let you rout on-the-mark mortises every time that are perfect for slip mortise-and-tenon joinery.

Ultimate Garage Workshop

Chris Gochnour's garage workshop in Murray, Utah.

Montreal "Bunker" Workshop

Richard Ciupka's bunker shop in Montreal.

Tokyo Dungeon Workshop

Get a video tour of Stu Ablett's Tokyo Dungeon Workshop.

Pattern-Routing Jig

A jig for pattern routing.

Rob Hare Workshop

Robert Hare's workshop in Ulster Park, New York.

Prairie Workshop

Ross Tieken's workshop was featured in the Winter 2007 issue of Fine Woodworking, #195. Tieken designed and built this shop to blend with the surrounding prairie. He decided to use the footprint...

Texas Workshop

Retiree Charles Dick designed this workshop as a spot to hone his woodworking skills.

Budlong Workshop

Jim Budlong's workshop in Comptche, Calif. It's powered by a solar/generator combition and heated with woodstoves.

Tablesaw Fence Extension

Cutting up plywood is tricky business. Find out how to make it a safer procedure with a tablesaw rip-fence extension. Download the free plan to find out how to make it.

Workbench Extensions For Extra Clamping

Don't struggle to hold down long workpieces on your workbench. Make this handy workbench accessory that extends your clamping capacity by nearly 5 feet.

Drawer Planing Jig

Keep your completed drawers secure for hand planing and other workbench tasks with this ingenious clamping jig.

Scraptacular Contest Winners Announced

Playful, lyrical, and artful. View the winners of our Scraptacular gallery contest.

Cast Your Vote for the Most Scraptacular Project

We've narrowed down the field to a dozen beautiful projects, all of which were made from scrap. Now the choice is yours.

Plywood for Fine Furniture

How do you feel about using plywood for fine furniture? Vote in our poll.

Scraptacular Gallery Challenge: Official Rules

Share photos of your most beautiful scrap wood projects and you might walk away with one of three FWW Archive DVD-ROMs!

10 Ways to Avoid Shop Fires

Beware of fire dangers in the workshop. Here are 10 tips how to avoid shop fires.

VIDEO REPLAY: Tenon Shootout: Hand vs. Power Tools

Watch the recording of our tenon shootout where two experts faced off to find the best way to cut a tenon: hand tools or power tools.

Holiday Gift Contest Winners Announced

Creative storage solutions won the day in our annual contest.

2009 Holiday Wish List: Winners Announced

Six winners were selected at random from the over 400 comments we received. Find out if you were one of the lucky ones!

Cast Your Votes for Our Holiday Gift Contest

Set down your champagne glass and cast your vote for the winners of our annual Holiday Gift Contest.

Free Plan: A Dedicated Sharpening Station

Build a dedicated sharpening station.

UPDATED: Giveaway and Poll: The Most Requested Woodworking Gifts of 2009

Vote in our polls to help us find the most-requested woodworking gifts of 2009.

Poll: What accessories, jigs, and shop gear are on your holiday wish list?

Poll: What accessories, jigs, and shop gear are on your holiday wish list?

Poll: What power tools are on your holiday wish list?

Poll: What accessories, jigs, and shop gear are on your holiday wish list?

Poll: What hand tools are on your holiday wish list?

Poll: What hand tools are on your holiday wish list?

Poll: Any Machinery on your Holiday Wish List?

Poll: Any Machinery on your Holiday Wish List?

Woodworking Tips Have a New Home

Tune in for the debut of our new home for woodworking quick tips and techniques.

Creative Gifts Could Win You a Stanley Prize Package

Enter our Holiday Gift Contest today for a shot at winning a prize package that's just "plane" awesome!

238 Holiday Gift Ideas

Get inspired by entries from last year's contest.

Holiday Gift Contest: Official Rules

Upload photos of your holiday gift projects for a chance to win a Stanley Tools prize package.

Link Roundup: Surface Prep with Hand Tools vs. Power Tools

The ultimate collection of links to articles and videos that detail how to prepare a wood surface before applying a finish using hand planes and scrapers or power tools and sanders.

Congrats to Mark Laub, Winner of our Cabinet Contest

Congratulations to the winners of our Cure for the Common Cabinet Contest: Mark Laub of Minneapolis, Minn., Bob Abbott of Lake Oswego, Ore., Michael Singer of Felton, Calif., and Craig Hopson of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Vote for the Winner of Our Latest Gallery Challenge!

Our cabinet contest has come to a close but there's still work to be done. Vote for the winner from among our 15 finalists.

Poll: What Should We Put in the Magazine?

The following topics don’t get covered very often in Fine Woodworking: Mixed-media furniture, segmented turnings, large Shaker cabinets, Tansu chests, Windsor chairs, Federal sideboards, Newport blockfront chest of drawers. Which would you be most interested in seeing in future issues?

Bench Cookie Giveaway

Change your avatar (or profile picture), post a comment below, and you could be one of five lucky winners chosen at random to take home a set of Rockler Bench Cookies.

Vote for the Winner of our Period Furniture Contest

Vote for the winner of our Classical Style contest.

Cure for the Common Cabinet: Official Rules

Official Rules for the Cure for the Common Cabinet Contest

James Krenov: 1920 - 2009

James Krenov, died at 88, a legendary woodworker, author, and founder of the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture Program.

Monsoon by Bill Wyko Wins Turning Challenge

Congratulations to Bill Wyko of Tucson, Ariz. who wins our "What Have You Turned Lately" gallery challenge with his Monsoon turning.

Vote for the Winner of Our Wood Turning Gallery Challenge

With over 100 entries to choose from, selecting our 15 finalists was no easy feat!

Official Rules: Classical Style Contest

Official Rules for the Classical Style Period Furniture Contest Sponsored by Titebond.

Lutyen Garden Bench

A Lutyens Garden Bench built by Tony O'Malley

Japanese Garden Bench

Jensen built the bench for an article in FWW #198 and incorporated elements from Gary Rogowski’s Asian-style bed from Home Furniture #8. Mortise and tenon joints and marine epoxy hold the...

Official Rules: What Have You Turned Lately

Official rules for the "What Have You Turned Lately" gallery challenge.

Vote for the Winner of the Creative Bookcases Gallery Challenge

Choose the winner of Fine Woodworking's Creative Bookcases gallery challenge. Voting ends Aug. 3.

The Ultimate "Woodworking" Quiz

Take the latest Fine Woodworking quiz if you have a couple minutes of downtime or need a quick laugh.

Tool Chest Contest Winner is Selected

Have a look at our top pick for Fine Woodworking's Tool Chest Contest and remember to check out other notable entries.

McCoy, Thibodeau, and Howe Win Built-In Competition

Michael McCoy, Craig Thibodeau, and Nelson Howe win the Bostitch Build It In to Win gallery contest.

You're the Judge

Fine Woodworking is launching a brand new gallery challenge and we want YOU to help choose the winner. Your comments will help us select finalists, then the community gets to vote on the winner.

Creative Bookcases: Official Rules

Official rules for the creative bookcases gallery challenge.

Poll: The Next FWW Tool Test

What tool test would you like to see next in the Fine Woodworking magazine? Take our poll...    

Maloof Memories Please

Help us with a retrospective on Sam Maloof (1916-2009) Send us an email ( or post a comment to let us know how his life and work influenced you.

A Sturdy Foot Stool

Frequent Fine Woodworking contributor and Philadelphia Furniture Workshop instructor Mario Rodriguez crafted this footstool from mahogany. It features tapered legs, mortise and tenon joinery, and...

Build It in to Win: Official Contest Rules

Share photos of your built-in furniture projects for a chance to win one of three compressor and finish nailer kits from Bostitch! Read the official contest rules

Tool Chest Contest: Official Rules

Read the official contest rules for Fine Woodworking's Tool Chest Contest and find out how you can enter to win a new SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw

Chuck Griffith Wins Shaker Gallery Challenge

Congratulations to Chuck Griffith of Pound Ridge, N.Y. The Shaker enthusiast who posted about one entry per day during our challenge won unanimous approval by the judges as the winner of the A Whole Lotta Shaker Goin’ On gallery challenge.

Contest Rules

Fine Woodworking’s “Waste Know, Want Knot” Official Contest Rules   NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this “Waste Knot, Want Knot” Contest the...

Free Plan: How to Build a Simple Router Table

This basic table takes just 20 minutes to build. Clamp it to your workbench and stow it away when you're done. It's perfect for small shops.

Safety Manual: Routers and Router Tables

A handheld router and a router table are arguably the most versatile tools in the shop, but they are also dangerous and require keen attention to safety

Safety Manual: Miter Saw

The miter saw, also known as a chop saw, is used to cross cut lumber. Learn the safest approaches to cutting with a miter saw.

Safety Manual: Bandsaw

The bandsaw is used to cut straight and curved lines, resaw thick lumber, and accomplish other custom cutting operations. Here are the ground rules for mastering all of those techniques safely.

Safety Manual: Benchtop Planer

A benchtop planer is used to smooth rough lumber and reduce its thickness. Learn best practices for operating this essential woodworking tool.

Safety Manual: Jointer

Learn to operate a jointer safely for flattening lumber and straightening edges.

Safety Manual: Tablesaw

Get a grip on the most dangerous tool in your shop. Learn best practices for protecting your ears, eyes and limbs when operating a tablesaw.

Safety Manual: Woodworking Lathe

A lathe used for turning wood can operate at speeds upwards of 2,000 rpm. That means safety is paramount. Study these safe procedures for operating a woodworking lathe.

Safety Manual: Drills, Drivers, and Drill Presses

Drills come in a variety of sizes and styles, but basic drilling safety is universal. Here are a list of guidelines and proceedures for operating a drill press or drill/driver.

Safety Manual: Handplanes

The key to using handplanes safely is to choose the right plane for the task and keep the tools sharp and properly tuned. The rest is just practice.

Safety Manual: Woodworking Chisels

Hand tools are deceptively dangerous, especially the woodworking chisel. Follow this sound advice and you can stay safe while working with chisels.

Cello Box Wins Tablesaw Prize

Christopher Moore’s Cello Box wins the Build Outside the Box gallery challenge and the Steel City granite-top tablesaw prize.

A Whole lotta Shaker Goin' On: Official Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Entries for this “A Whole lotta of Shaker Goin’ On” Contest (the “Contest”) will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on March 23, 2009 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 29, 2009 (the “Contest Entry Period”). All entries must be received during the Contest Entry Period. The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada (except Quebec), who are at least 18 years old. Contest void in Quebec, Puerto Rico and anywhere else where prohibited. TO ENTER: There is one way to enter the contest. 1.) Visit lotoshaker. Create an account if you do not already have one by entering your first name, last name, email address, password, security question and screen name. Once you have created your account you can then upload your photo by entering a title, attaching the photo and adding a brief description of your project. Submit your completed online entry form. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. Sponsor not responsible for unavailable network, failed server or other connections, miscommunications, interrupted, misrouted or scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected entries or for any failure of the website during the contest period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received by Sponsor due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, of any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material related to the contest. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are illegible, mechanically reproduced, mutilated, forged, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way. Entrants to abide by the Contest Rules and decisions of the judging panel which are final. PRIZE/VALUE: 1 Fine Woodworking Archive Collection DVD-ROM (TP#011302) Value $149.95 1 The Shaker Legacy book (TP#070488) Value $24.95 1 In the Shaker Style book (TP#070531) Value $24.95 1 Fine Woodworking Shop Apron (TP#011019) Value $39.95 1 Fine Woodworking Mug (TP#011244) Value $12.95 Total prize total approximate retail value (ARV) of: $252.75. All prizes will be awarded. Names of prize manufacturers are used solely for the purposes of identifications of the prize. No endorsement, authorization, sponsorship, or approval of Taunton Press, Fine Woodworking or of this contest is intended or implied. TERMS/CONDITIONS: No transfer or substitution of prizes. Employees, officers, and contractors (including immediate family members and members of the same household) of Sponsors, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, dealers, retailers, vendors of Sponsors, and all other entities associated with this promotion, are not eligible. All Federal, State/Provincial and local laws apply. The winners will be responsible for all Federal, State/Provincial, and local taxes related to prize. WINNING: On or about April 30, 2009 judges will choose one winner from among all eligible entries received. Entries will be reviewed and judged by a panel of qualified judges. Entries will be reviewed and judged on the basis of quality and craftsmanship. The winner will be notified by email initially, then by mail within 10 days of the selection. Judges decisions are final. Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. One prize per person, household, or family. CLAIMING PRIZES: The winner must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within 10 days of notification, or prize may be forfeited. Winner will also be required to provide proof of age. (Tennessee residents will not be required to sign Publicity Release as a condition of winning a prize.) All prizes will be awarded. WINNER’S LIST: Send self-addressed, stamped envelope by April 30, 2009 to: Fine Woodworking “A Whole lotta of Shaker Goin’ On” Contest Winners List Request, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470. SPONSOR: The Taunton Press Inc., Fine Woodworking magazine 63 S. Main Street, PO Box 5506, Newtown, CT 06470-5506.

Readers Respond to Our Joinery Shoot Out

Analytical minds want to know: How valid was our joinery shoot out? Share your thoughts and read feedback from readers and forum members.

Build Outside The Box: Official Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Entries for this “Out of the Box” Contest (the “Contest”) will be accepted during the period beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on February 24...

Free Plan: Shaker Tall Clock

This graceful case piece is made with readily available materials and simple techniques.

Free Plan: Build a Shaker-Style Bed

Make this full-size bed with the complete drawings and construction details available as a 16-page PDF download excerpted from Jeff Miller's book 'Beds.'

Video Gallery: Drawers that Breathe

Watch a quick video of Peter Schlebecker’s "Breathing Drawers" from the Readers Gallery of FWW #203. The chest has a silicone-rubber membrane inside the frames which "breathe" as the well-fit drawers are opened and closed.

Show Us Your Exposed Joinery For a Chance to Win Great Prizes!

Have you made a piece of furniture with exposed joinery? We want to see it. Post your photos in our gallery contest and you might win more than $150 in prizes.

Expose Yourself: Official Contest Rules

Enter our gallery photo contest by submitting photos of your furniture that features exposed joinery. Read the official rules.

Free Plan: A Stylish Modern Credenza

Symmetry and subtle shadow lines give this credenza a dynamic visual rhythm. This versatile piece can serve as a buffet, office storage unit, or even an audio visual cabinet.

Free Plan: Folding Vineyard Table

This is a trestle table with a twist. The vineyard table is almost as old a design as the trestle table, dating back 300 years or more. Some sources claim these tables were used by grape pickers in...

A machine mishap

A quick lesson in using the SawStop

Free Plans: Federal Fireplace Mantel

Winter is here and for some of us that means stoking the fireplace to stay warm. If you're tired of looking at your drab fireplace surround then this free mantel project is for you!

Free Plan: Portable Kitchen Work Station

With kitchen counter and storage space usually at a premium, this configurable portable kitchen island project will win you a good meal from your favorite cook. Excerpted from Taunton's book Home Storage Projects, this free woodworking plan has a cut list and lessons on cabinet construction, curves, tenons, and more.

Win a tutorial with one of America's finest woodworkers.

Your chance for one-on-one troubleshooting with a woodworking champion

Free Plan and Video: Stow-and-Go Router Table

Here's a quick to make router table that's sturdy, and can be knocked down, stored, and set back up with ease. It's designed for a router with a built-in lift but also fits a fixed-base router.

Holiday Gift Gallery: Official Contest Rules

Enter our photo gallery contest by posting a photo of a project you made as a holiday gift and you could win great prizes from

Free Plan: Classic Lift-Lid Box

Revisit Doug Stowe's classic keepsake box with this excerpt from his book Basic Box Making. Perfect for beginners and experts, these plans can be easily adapted in size, proportions, joinery, or wood choices. In fact, customizing this projects is the fun part.

Free Patterns: Bread Boards and Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are a great first project for the novice woodworker, and perfect for the this time of year when quick holiday projects are in demand. Watch the video and download a free article with drawings.

Free Plan: Craftsman Wall Cabinet

There is always a spot for a wall cabinet, especially a small one. This piece, a little more than a foot wide, is made of butternut, and is constructed with basic joinery and screws with wood plugs.

Free Plan: Shaker-Inspired Wall Shelf

Hanging a shelf is a quick and satisfying weekend project. These plans gain their inspiration from a drawing of a peg-hung Shaker shelf in Ejner Handberg's book Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture and...

Free Plan: A Simple Desk Organizer

If you have two or three days to complete a project, you can aid in decluttering your home. Making sense of your office or kitchen work area chaos is easy when you have this attractive and function...

Free Plan: Sturdy Footstool

Are you looking for a weekend project with a little challenge? Angled mortise-and-tenon construction makes this simple project a little trickier because your joints need to be dead-on.

Free Plans: Arts and Crafts Storage Bench

Sneaky storage is always great for boots, blankets, and other items that tend to pile up next to the door or at the foot of your bed. With a couple of cushions, this bench converts handy storage into...

Fine Woodworking Hosts Lie-Nielsen Event

Catch up with some of the woodworkers who visited the Fine Woodworking shop for our first-ever hand tool event in conjunction with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Recent comments

Re: A Nutty Alternative to SawStop Technology

sawdust maker: We are lucky to have access to better machinery, better techniques, and better working conditions. It's worth reflecting on from time-to-time.

Re: Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us

Thanks for the heads-up. I've fixed the links.

Re: You Want What? Contest

Brian, you've gotta share a crazy client story to enter! And even if you don't "sell" your own work, we're using "client" in the broadest sense... could be a spouse, neigbhor, child, etc.

Re: Special Announcement - My Book on SketchUp

Hi cpweirup, Apologies for the inconvenience. The book was unavailable earlier today due to some technical problems due to the relaunch of our online store.

It's available again now:

Sorry again for the inconvenience, Gina,

Re: Free Download: How to Use SketchUp Tools

Hi Folks, Sorry, technical issue. This book now available again through our store. Apologies, it was unavailable earlier today. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Re: The Price is Right - Or is it?

Don, thanks for your feedback though Rob Bois is just sharing one person’s opinion based on his vantage point. Do you sell your work? If so, how do you set your prices? Thanks for any insight you can provide. Gina

Re: Is Copying Furniture Legal?

Don, Thanks for weighing in with your opinion and helping to to further the discussion. I'm sure that many would agree with you. -Gina

Re: Have you seen Tommy Mac's new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.

Hi Tommy, Thanks for weighing in.

Do you know if full episodes will be broadcast online? I'm sure that people outside the U.S. will want to tune in too (and those who can't get it on their local station). In an interview with Matt Kenney, I think that Laurie Donnelly mentioned this would be possible.

Good luck with the show, Gina, FW

Re: Play Against the Grain: The Wrong Way to Rip

PapaDisco: First of all - nice screen name. Regarding your comment: the problem I've found with positioning to the right of the fence lay in the direction you'd then be applying your force. The user would be inadvertantly applying force towards the blade - as opposed to towards the fence. That would be another kickback-inducing situation in my humble opinion.

That said, I think your comment about the arm nearly crossing over the blade is a very good one. In fact, it's something that I've often wondered about myself. Many times when ripping a board, you can't help it. That's why I've always grabbed the table with my left hand during those situations, to steady myself perfectly. I find that I have much better control when I grip the tabel just to my left. Of course, I always check that I'm using a sturdy saw that isn't going to be jostled at all by my grip.

All-in-all - great comments, folks. The ring one has been debated at lenght- there are two very well-entrenched schools of thought and both make good points. Ultimately, that's up to you.

Thanks for playing guys - and for sharing your own experiences and points here. Hopefeully, these comments will prevent serious injuries for some green woodworker out there.



Re: IWF Alert: Fine Woodworking interviews Tommy MacDonald

Bruce, you should post pictures of your stool in the gallery. We'd love to see it. -Gina

Re: Start Woodworking: Edge Grain Cutting Board

Nice catch, rgdaniel - and thank you! Even the best of us make typos. LOL.



Re: Vote for Our Next Contest Winner!

Hi snyderwood -

No, a thumbs-up doesn't count. You need to log your vote in the poll embedded above all the little thumbnails in this post. Just click on the title of the piece you wish to vote for, then hit the "vote" button.



Re: A Call for Bloggers!

Hi rcooper,

We're keeping this as open as possible: We want to share information with a wide variety of people including:
-Someone starting out with no tools at all
-Someone who might have access to a shop but needs to pointers on using the tools
-Someone like a trim carpenter who's familiar with a variety of tools but needs information on furniture making and wood joints

Do you have information that could help someone who falls into one of these groups?

Re: Safety Manual: Tablesaw

Set the blade height to about 3/8 in. above the workpiece. That happy medium will keep the blade cutting properly while not exposing too much of it to your precious fingers. As for offsetting the fence, don't do it. You are making the board travel in a crooked path over the blade, which is dangerous in my opinion. (Having a short fence that stops behind the blade, as the Europeans do, is a whole other story, and is fine.) Instead, be sure to keep the splitter in place. That will take care of kickback in almost all cases. Better yet, buy a saw with a riving knife. They hardly ever to come off the saw, even for angled cuts and cuts that don't go all the way through a board.
--Asa Christiana, editor, FWW

Re: Take a peek inside my shop

Floater: Here's a tip on our site that describes how to modify your tablesaw on/off switch with a paddle:

Re: 1 p.m. ET Announcement: Box Challenge Winner

Sorry to hear about the trouble. It looks like you did get one entry in:

If you have additional questions/concerns, please email information about your situation to fw-web AT

Re: Tile-top entry table

Beautiful Mike!

Re: gasoline saver

Dear Piper,

This isn't a box! Can you delete the entry from the box challenge gallery and repost in the regular gallery:



Re: Cromwell folding table

MokusakuSensei: I assume this is like the Cricket Table project that Gochnour wrote about in the magazine:

Re: Thomas Jefferson book stand

Fantastic. Do you have any more pictures of this? Gina

Re: Economic reality check

Hi Dave:

That is mighty kind of you. We'll send you an email with the contact information so you can follow up directly.

Let us know how things turn out so we can feature a positive follow up in our blog!

Kind regards, FW editors

Re: 5" Round Nantucket Lightship Basket

Hi Ohara! I hate to admit it but your post exposed a bug in our photo software. Because you're images were square, our system failed to create the small versions that are used for the thumbnails. A fix for this is going out soon but could I trouble you to upload new images for those that don't appear, making sure the dimensions are anything but exactly square. Thanks, Matt Berger, Fine Woodworking

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