Popular Woodworking Turns 40 | Home Decor Online Tips

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Things were happening in 1981. Ronald Reagan had just started his first term, the Space Shuttle made its maiden voyage, and MTV first appeared on air routes. It was also the year a new woodworking magazine was launched: Pacific Woodworker. The original focus was on woodworking in the Northwest, but it quickly expanded the reach, becoming Popular carpenter in 1984, and then Popular carpentry in 1985.

It is now 2021 and we have been through four decades of change, with many ups and downs in between. Our official 40th anniversary issue is expected to appear in your mailboxes in December (like the February 2022 issue; like everyone else we had to make changes during the pandemic) but in the meantime, we’ll go back to digging into the archives to extract some stories. and fun projects from past years.

We hope you enjoy this time travel and have favorite articles or authors you would like to share, let us know in the comments!


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