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Looking to build your woodworking skills in 2014? Well, so are the experts at Popular Woodworking! From advancing their woodworking skills to moving into a new period of furniture, discover what Megan Fitzpatrick, Glen Huey, Kevin Ireland, and Dan Farnbach will be spending their shop time working on in 2014!

Megan Fitzpatrick

Editor & Content Director,
Popular Woodworking

My 2014 Goal:

One goal I'll be shooting for in 2014 is to stretch my design skills to look forward rather than backward for inspiration.

Glen Huey

Managing Editor,
Popular Woodworking Magazine

My 2014 Goal:

I have two substantial woodworking goals, build a Federal secretary and to move beyond period work.

Kevin Ireland

Publisher & Editorial Director,
Popular Woodworking

My 2014 Goal:

I plan to devote more time to turning in 2014. One of my key goals is to produce a segmented turned bowl.

Dan Farnbach

Online Editor,
Popular Woodworking

My 2014 Goal:

My goal for 2014 is to build a table and some chairs. I think I will start with a couple Adirondack chairs for the spring.


Megan Fitzpatrick

One goal I'll be shooting for in 2014 is to stretch my design skills to look forward rather than backward for inspiration.

"I enjoyed making the contemporary plate rack for the December 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine , and I'd like to do another "now" piece or two in the coming year (though I still love Shaker and Arts & Crafts). I have a range of furniture styles in my Victorian home, so why not add one more? So one goal I'll be shooting for in 2014 is to stretch my design skills to look forward rather than backward for inspiration. (But I also have to build new kitchen cabinets...that simply must come first.)"

- Megan Fitzpatrick

Make this YOUR 2014 Goal!

Do you share Megan's woodworking goals for 2014? Are you looking to build your own cabinets this year? What about expanding your woodworking skills into the future with contemporary designs? Then check out these useful resources to help achieve your goals.


Glen Huey

I have two substantial woodworking goals, build a Federal secretary and to move beyond period work.

"In 2014, I have two rather substantial woodworking goals. The first is to build a Federal secretary complete with all the inlay (shop-made of course), a removable top pediment, true-divided light doors and veneered to there and back (a solid reason for a good vacuum press). A second goal is to move beyond period work to design and build something contemporary. Something out there. Maybe to mix wood and another material. While this pushes me in new directions, which stimulates the woodworking juices in me, I'll also learn much more about alternative methods of work. I firmly believe that if we don't push ourselves, we seldom grow and get better. If I fall short on these goals, there's always 2015."

- Glen Huey

Make this YOUR 2014 Goal!

Do you share Glen's woodworking goals for 2014? Are you looking to build something contemporary this year? What about expanding your skills and mixing materials together? Then check out these useful resources to help achieve your goals.


Kevin Ireland

I plan to devote more time to turning in 2014. One of my key goals is to produce a segmented turned bowl.

"After being inspired by the beautiful bowls, platters and sculptures at last year's American Association of Woodturners symposium, I plan to devote more time to turning in 2014. One of my key goals is to produce a segmented turned bowl. I had steered clear of these in the past because the geometric patterns I'd seen seemed too static. Then I came across Hal Metlitzky's incredible segmented bowls at the symposium. Each of his bowls consisted of more than 1,000 pieces of wood that were glued-up and assembled, then resawn and shifted slightly to create spiraling forms you'd think would be impossible to produce. Though I don't expect to achieve results like Hal's, I hope I can master a new skill and produce bowls that are unique. That's all the motivation I need."
- Kevin Ireland

Make this YOUR 2014 Goal!

Do you share Kevin's woodworking goals for 2014? Are you looking to dive into turning this year? What about expanding your woodworking skills to create beautiful bowls and platters? Then check out these useful resources to help achieve your goals.


Dan Farnbach

My goal for 2014 is to build a table and some chairs. I think I will start with a couple Adirondack chairs for the spring.

"I've been pushing at the borders of my woodworking knowledge lately. I can feel a growth spurt coming on. For me, that growth will entail a move from the "building boxes" camp (mostly cabinet-sized boxes) to the "build your own furniture" camp.

"My goal for 2014 is to build a table and some chairs. I think I will start with a couple Adirondack chairs for the spring."

-Dan Farnbach

Make this YOUR 2014 Goal!

Do you share Dan's woodworking goals for 2014? Are you looking to build a few chairs or a table? What about expanding your woodworking skills into beautiful boxes? Then check out these useful resources to help achieve your goals.