Author Archives: David Thiel

About David Thiel

David Thiel is executive editor of Popular Woodworking Books.

Benefits of Working in the Round

As primarily a “flat” woodworker, I enjoy and appreciate watching a turner work. The payoff – completing a project some hours (or less!) after you start – is very attractive. And you have the benefit of spending your money on a smaller piece of wood, so you can buy more expensive and exotic pieces...

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Satisfaction Guaranteed – Outdoor Projects Value Pack

I’ve built a fair number of furniture projects over the years, and it’s not really fair to try and say, “this is my favorite,” but I will say there are projects that continue to give me more satisfaction than others. When I sit in my outdoor Morris chair, set a drink on my “Stickley”...

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Roy Underhill – That’s Entertainment!

I was previewing the 20th Anniversary Episode of the “The Woodwright’s Shop” on my computer at work, preparing images and a description for use in our Roy Underhill streaming video site. I had my headphones on and I hadn’t realized I’d been laughing out loud. Steve Shanesy wandered around the corner of my cube...

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Turner, or Woodworker? Both!

I’ve been a woodworker for over 30 years. I’ve built commercial and residential furniture and cabinetry. But I’m not a turner. Turners are different folk, and I mean that in a good way. Turners are able to create (and that is the correct word) a finished project in a day. Often times quicker than...

Chisel Sharpening with Harrelson Stanley

Learn to Sharpen Chisels the Japanese Way

Another video on sharpening? Ugh! No, wait…this one’s kinda different. In fact, this video isn’t about the cutting edge of the chisel. What?! It’s true. “Chisel Sharpening with Harrelson Stanley” is about the ergonomics of the body and its relationship to the chisel. Japanese tool and sharpening expert Harrelson Stanley discusses how to hold...

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Try Digital with a Free Project

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave, you’ve likely heard that print is dead and digital is the new reality. That may be a slight exaggeration as I, for one, still enjoy turning pages. However, there is no doubt that whatever the future holds, we will be consuming information in many new forms –...

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Round-drawer Spring Box

What’s better than a hand-made box from your shop? How about a box that is a puzzle, that stores special items and even has a secret compartment. Done. It’s the Round-Drawer Spring Box from Jeff Vollmer’s ‘Puzzle Boxes‘. Use the link below to download the free step-by-step plans for this great puzzle box. Round-Drawer...

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Natural Lighting

The project offered here is titled “Wildflower” by author Ken Burton. He felt the look of the dangling pendant light looked like a particular wildflower. So we’ll continue that concept and dub the project as one for Natural Lighting. This project is one of 24 unique and original lamp projects  offered in ‘Crafting Wooden...