Author Archives: David Thiel

About David Thiel

David Thiel is executive editor of Popular Woodworking Books.

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Building a Handmade Try Square

Jim Tolpin’s newest book, “The New Traditional Woodworker” teaches the reader how to work with hand tools by using them to build useful bench and shop tools. Each project builds on the skill learned in the preceding chapter. This process makes for an easy and fun learning curve. One of the more attractive project...

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Building A Chickadee House

The two most numerous chickadee species in North America are the black-capped chickadee found primarily throughout the northern U.S. and Canada, and the Carolina chickadee native to the southeast U.S. Both birds have a distinctive black cap and bib separated by white cheeks, and gray back and wings. Their bodies have an orange cast,...

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Don’t Underestimate the Screw

Back in my early days of working in my dad’s custom cabinet shop, we had a way of determining if the cabinet, table or chair was built adequately. If it was hanging on the wall, the heaviest guy in the shop had to hang on it, too. If it was a dining table, someone...

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The New Traditional Woodworker Shipping Soon

I just received my advance copy of Jim Tolpin’s new book, The New Traditional Woodworker, and even though I was very involved with putting the book together, it’s always a pleasant surprise to see the finished product. I’m proud of this one! Beyond the fact that Jim has put together an excellent teaching platform...

The lower stretchers tie into mortises cut in each of the four legs. I made the mortises 1/2" wide.

Wright Coffee Table

Arts & Crafts furniture builders offered a decent variety of pieces at the beginning of the 1900's, but coffee tables weren't on the list. But if Frank Lloyd Wright had given it a try, we think it might look like this.

We tested all of the routers with the standard base attachment, but many of the trim routers are offered in kit form with multiple bases. The two most common accessory bases are an offset base (at left) and a tilting base.

Trim Routers

Born out of the laminate industry, these routers are great tools for all kinds of woodworking projects.