MWA Podcast 35 - Bob Lang

MWA Podcast Episode 35 - Bob Lang of Popular Woodworking

MWA Podcast Episode 35 - Robert Lang (58:16)

Date: July 20, 2013
By: Chris Adkins, Dyami Plotke, Tom Iovino
Description: Join us in this episode as we talk to Robert Lang of Popular Woodworking Magazine. To find out more about Bob or the Modern Woodworkers Association visit

Show Notes:

  • Goings on in the MWA
    • Going to FWW Live
    • Going to WIA
    • No definite MWA plans yet, but there will be

  • Main topic
      • Sketchup allows users draw the way they woodwork
      • The 21st Century Bench has proven useful, because it’s designed to accommodate the way Bob works. Bench’s should always accommodate they way you work, not just make you a cool kid.
        • has a collection of arts and crafts furniture articles from Popular Woodworking with expanded text and bigger photos.
        • Now, with no printing errors
      • Hunter’s Computer Desk
        • Wiggles a bit, but has held up very well for college
      • Rasps
        • Bob has learned that the price point for hand cut rasps though high is worth it.
      • 5 Questions
        • how did you get into woodworking?
          • building speak cabinets for bands & fixing wooden boats
        • what's your favorite tool?
        • who has influenced you the most?
        • What was your biggest stumbling block & could it have been avoided?
          • overanalyze
          • At about 30, Bob figured out that it just wasn’t too hard. It just required that you get to work and do it.
        • How has the internet influenced your work?
          • Helped him get his gig at Popular Woodworking
          • Has tons of good stuff, which should rise to the top, but there is tons of bad info too.
          • Has allowed him to run his business in plans

If you have any questions, comments or would like to get in touch with us, you can

If you’re missing us already, you can subscribe to the show on itunes. Just search for the Modern Woodworkers Association. Once you’re subscribed, you’ll be sure never to miss an exciting episode. While you’re in iTunes, please leave us a 5 star rating. It helps our rank so others can more easily find us.

If you want to find out more about the Modern Woodworkers Association, be sure to, follow the MWA on twitter @MWA_National, like the MWA on Facebook or circle Modern Woodworkers Association on Google+. While you’re there, join the MWA Google+ community for project sharing, discussion and loads of woodworking banter.