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.

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The Table Saw: When Was Your First Time?

Do you remember the first time you used a table saw? Was it in shop class? Did your father, or grandfather show you how? My first time was with my father at the age of 15. But it wasn’t in our garage or basement, it was in his custom furniture shop and it was...

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Add a New Skill (Leaded Glass) to Your Shop!

While growing up I had never been enamored of stained or leaded glass in my home furnishings – Tiffany glass lamps were usually a bit too frilly for my tastes. But that all changed when I visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Suddenly the idea of geometry versus flowers...

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What I Don’t Know About Veneering

I’ve been woodworking for a little over thirty-five years (I was barely out of diapers…I swear!), and in all that time I’ve done just enough veneering to know that there is a lot more about veneering that I don’t know. It’s one of those specialty woodworking areas that has it’s own set of tools, expectations and...

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Toilet Paper & Workbenches

I recently saw a post on Facebook that vindicated what I’ve been telling people for years. Seems the original 1800s patent for the toilet paper dispenser shows the roll with the paper feeding over the top. Victory! What does this have to do with woodworking? Well, one of the most common discussions I’ve been...

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AWFS 2015 Tools to Talk About

I’m just back from the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers show (www.awfsfair.org) in Las Vegas where there were many woodworking products worth talking about – too many in fact, to include all of them here. I’ve narrowed the list below to include just a few that elicited a “Cool!” from me, and I...

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Curve Challenged?

Draw a straight line on a piece of paper. If it’s easier, put two dots on the paper and connect them. Not too bad, right? Now draw a circle. Freehand, no compass or tracing the bottom of a can. Does it look like a circle? Not as easy as a line. I remember trying...

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Bill Anderson Knows Moulding Planes

In “Choosing, Refurbishing & Using Moulding Planes”, Bill walks you through the classifications of moulding planes, discusses what to look for when shopping and then takes you step-by-step through the process to bring the iron back to cutting shape (and how to make a new iron if it’s missing).

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Rasp? Just Sand It!

Dale Barnard has been building furniture professionally for decades. And during a recent video shoot, it was very comforting to see that I wasn’t the only one breaking the rules on sanding. Building a Greene & Greene furniture piece means changing transition levels in the wood frequently. And that leads to either rasping, filing...

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Woodturning with Tim—Christmas In February

I’ll admit right here, I haven’t done a lot of turning in my many years of woodworking. Not that it wasn’t appealing, but it wasn’t what was required at the time. Cabinetry and furniture paid the bills, and I tended to think of turning as a recreational, or an artistic endeavor. Why am I...