Author Archives: David Thiel

About David Thiel

David Thiel has been part of the Popular Woodworking family for 20 years, and now oversees the woodworking video creation.

VIDEO: Frank Klausz – Home Tour & String Inlay Advice

Frank Klausz has created many beautiful furniture pieces in his lifetime, and one of the features he enjoys using is string inlay. In this short video, Frank takes us on a tour of his home, pointing out a number of the pieces he has made. He highlights a china cabinet in his dining room...

Dovetail Layout with PW Editors Past & Present

Look for new videos from Popular Woodworking every Tuesday on our YouTube channel and Thursday.  Dovetail layout – and cutting dovetails that go together right off the saw –  is worth mastering. Excellent dovetail joinery has become a right of passage for many woodworkers who are developing their hand tool skills – and in...

The Silly Side of Chad Stanton – Host of I Can Do That!

Look for new videos from Popular Woodworking every Tuesday and Thursday. We’ll post videos about what we’re up to around the shop, teaching videos from some of our favorite friends and some fun stuff from the woodworking world. Many of the viewers of our I Can Do That! videos know host Chad Stanton from his...

VIDEO: Elia Bizzarri and the Dull Chisels

When I’m on the road filming video for Popular Woodworking, it usually means an anonymous, but increasingly familiar hotel room, a search for good food and craft beer, and spending a few days with our video host. I have begun to anticipate that I will learn more about our host than woodworking – in a...

Teaching Satisfaction

Teaching Is Its Own Satisfaction

I’ve been helping out a friend with a college project (in case it wasn’t obvious, it’s a wall-hung wine and liquor cabinet with a detachable serving tray) and while it’s mostly been a favor, it’s also been a privilege that has shown me that teaching is its own satisfaction. While helping my friend was...

Teaching Woodworking Can Educate the Instructor

I was in the shop last night helping a friend with a project for a college design course. The course required her to carry a furniture piece through the construction phase but seems they didn’t do a lot of teaching on that part and my friend has no woodworking background. I was happy to help...

Elia Bizzarri

Elia Bizzarri: Multi-talented Woodworker

It won’t come as much of a surprise that woodworkers are frequently good at more than one thing. Sometimes it’s necessary, other times it’s just for fun. I was in Hillsborough, N.C., last week working with Elia Bizzarri on two new videos and we started talking about what music to use. He asked if...

Beadlock Pro Joinery Kit

by David Thiel pg. 14 I looked to the Beadlock Pro recently when I found myself needing four loose-tenon joints for a project – I wanted an economic but quick solution, and didn’t want to make a router jig. The Beadlock system, which cuts mortises up to 31⁄2″ wide, uses a standard drill bit...