Author Archives: David Thiel

About David Thiel

David Thiel is executive editor of Popular Woodworking Books.

Klauszcover

Frank Klausz: The Man Behind the Bowsaw

I have a strange relationship with Frank Klausz. Frank doesn’t know it, but I’ll share it with you. I went to work with my father in his custom woodworking shop when I was in high school, and worked there through college. I learned much from my dad, but I also lost something in the...

Waterstone Mat

Sharpening Shortcuts

It goes without saying that there is a renewed interest in hand tool woodworking, and much has been written on the topic, and that’s great because there really is a lot to know about these tools that are “new” to many woodworkers. That said, my experience with hand tools has taught me one thing...

Frank Klausz

Frank Klausz — The Man Behind the Bowsaw

I have a strange relationship with Frank Klausz. Frank doesn’t know it, but I’ll share it with you. I went to work with my father in his custom woodworking shop when I was in high school, and worked there through college. I learned much from my dad, but I also lost something in the...

Thorsen table

Does the Arts & Crafts Cycle End with the Greenes?

I can’t swear to there being a “cycle” for every Arts & Crafts woodworker. I can only speak to my own experience and add that I have had many nods of agreement when sharing my philosophy. I began building Arts & Crafts pieces, because the sturdy simplicity spoke to me, and the beauty of...

Organizing a shop and machines

What’s Important in Organizing a Shop?

I’ve worked in a 2,000 square-foot professional shop and I now work in a one-car garage shop, and the one thing that’s universal for all shops is that you’ve got to be able to find stuff. Whether it’s the marking gauge that was on the bench just yesterday, or that ogee router bit that...

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...

Morris Chair fixed

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”...

Roy Underhill

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...