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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Traditional Basket Weaving as Woodworking?!

Our new video, “Traditional Basket Weaving,” is about to drop on February 5th at shopwoodworking.com, and I can honestly say that I am blown away.  I have seen plenty of woven baskets in my life, but I never knew how much hard work and detail went into making each one.  You don’t have to take my...

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The Advanced Art of Veneering

Working with veneer when there are multiple pieces being glued at once-or an oddly-shaped piece that’s hard to clamp always gave me pause. I was aware of vacuum bags, but thought of them as expensive and difficult to use. No more. Advanced Art of Veneering with Jonathan Benson gave me a new appreciation for...

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The Art of Spoon Carving

Contrary to what some people who know me might think, I do use silverware on a regular basis. But I’d be lying if I said I spend any time thinking about my silverware. Spoons for example. I have a lot of spoons in my kitchen. Serving spoons (wood, metal and plastic), eating and soup...

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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...