Author Archives: David Thiel

About David Thiel

David Thiel is executive editor of Popular Woodworking Books.

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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...

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Getting Ready for Fall

This weekend, our weather went from 100°  to 65° in two days. While we’re happy with the cooler weather, it also brings to mind the other things that Fall entails: leaves, rain and cold. You can save yourself time, grief (and money) if you take a couple of hours out of your Fall to...

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Revamped Moser’s ‘Shaker Furniture’

We were excited about the opportunity to bring Thomas Moser’s “How to Build Shaker Furniture” up to today’s publishing standards. While the book has been an inspiration to many, it hadn’t been updated in 30 years. What’s the difference? Take a look at the two photos below for an example of old and new....

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Inspired by Thomas Moser

For more than 30 years, Thomas Moser’s “How to Build Shaker Furniture” has inspired woodworkers. With the release of the new and completely reworked signature edition, we want to hear (and see) how you were inspired. If you have a tale about how the book or the man inspired your woodworking, leave a comment...

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Free Plan: Porch Swing With A Curve

This clever porch swing design from ‘Backyard Projects for Today’s Homestead‘ uses bent lamination sides to support the slats and to create the arms. Clever, and an interesting project. Download the free PDF plans by following the link below. Free Porch Swing Plan

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Free Plan From Thomas Moser

The updated and revised version of Thomas Moser’s classic “How to Build Shaker Furniture” is now available for pre-order. You may be asking, “What’s updated and revised?” We thought we’d offer a peek, and also let the author himself tell you what’s changed — in the world, and in the book. Click on the...

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I Can Do That: Limbert Outdoor Cafe Chair

A great chair to make in pairs (or more), this outdoor version of a classic Charles Limbert Arts & Crafts cafe chair is simple to make using basic home center lumber and only a few common tools. Very little woodworking experience required.   Download the Limbert Chair Plans Here

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Two New PW Books at WIA

We hope you’ll stop by and take a look at the many books (and more) that we’ll have available at our Marketplace booth during the 2011 Woodworking in America Conference, but here’s a peek at the two newest Popular Woodworking Books titles we’ll have at the show: Furniture in the Southern Style Furniture from...