Look Mom, I Made the Cover


Even though I’ve been writing for newspapers and magazines for 25 years, it’s still a thrill to be on the cover or the front page. This month, a campaign-style bookcase I built for a customer is on the cover of the October 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine.

The folding clamshell bookcase is my own design that is inspired by bookcases I have observed and measured during the last few years in my research for “Campaign Furniture.” The bookcase is in sapele. The finish is garnet shellac.

It’s a really good issue of the magazine, overall. And if you don’t subscribe, here’s where you can remedy that.

In addition to my piece, there’s a great article by Willard Anderson on restoring wooden-bodies bench planes. And Don Williams, the author of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible” has plans for a clever sawhorse that folds flat.

Oh, and Peter Follansbee, the author of “Make a Stool from a Tree” is now the Arts & Mysteries columnist. (Congrats to both Peter and the magazine.)

— Christopher Schwarz

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13 Responses to Look Mom, I Made the Cover

  1. knewconcepts says:

    A well deserved congratulations, Chris.

    Lee (the saw guy)


  2. Chris Haynes says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  3. kendewitt608 says:

    Are those four green books, The Practical Woodworker ?

    Love the case !


  4. fitz says:

    Er…didn’t mean to hijack here, toolnut. But no, not in hardcover: paperbacks, though, will be available very soon.


    • toolnut says:

      (Sorry for getting off topic, it was the blog equivalent of blurting something out. – Brain not fully in gear.)

      Back to the topic of the post, I will agree with Chris that it is a very good issue of the magazine. Lots of good stuff.


  5. Both of you, C. Schwarz and P. Follansbee , are among my few all-time favorites, even in spite of all your lovable peculiarities. Please keep up all of it!


  6. bloksav says:

    That is a fine looking cabinet (or probably more correct bookcase)
    Now you just need to get Megan & Co to let you make a cover version of a lighthouse bookcase.

    Does anyone know what has happened to Adam Cherubini?



  7. MattC says:

    Don’t forget to buy 5 copies for your mother.


  8. tsstahl says:


    I really like clamshell bookcases. My impression of the piece when you blogged about was: ‘too complicated for me’.

    Now that I’ve read the plan in depth, my impression is: ‘Can’t be that easy!’. I’m oversimplifying, obviously, The point is, it is a very approachable project. Thank you. 🙂


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