Article Index David Thiel

Tool Test: Porter-Cable’s New Routers Cover All the Bases

By David Thiel Page: 32 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Porter-Cable’s new router system is playing catch-up with its multi-base kit competitors, but now it has not only caught up, it has surpassed them in many ways. This system sports a variable-speed, soft-start, 12-amp motor with electronic feedback to...

Endurance Test: Excalibur Sliding Table

By David Thiel Page: 30 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now Alittle more than seven years ago we added an Excalibur sliding table to the cabinet saw in the Popular Woodworking shop. Because we deal with both solid wood and oversized sheet goods, we knew a sliding table would prove...

13″ Portable Planers

We test 7 premium machines to find out which one belongs in your shop. By David Thiel Pages: 57-61 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now Since our last review of portable planers in 2001, several manufacturers have introduced 13″-wide machines, and a couple even have two feeding speeds. So it...

Tool Test: DeWalt DC500 Cordless Vacuum

By David Thiel Page: 33 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now Let’s say this right up front: Unless you need a wet/dry vacuum that is cordless there are more affordable options than the new DeWalt DC500. However, if you need ultimate portability without a cord, DeWalt has put everything in...

Tool Test: FastCap TriTape Includes Notepad and Sharpener

By David Thiel Page: 33 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now When you check something with a tape measure, your next action is most likely writing down a dimension. For that you need a sharp pencil and a notepad. The TriTapes from FastCap make this routine easy. Available in 16′...

Tool Test: Kreg’s Band Saw Fence for the Picky Woodworker

By David Thiel Page: 86 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now For many woodworkers, a board clamped across the table makes a fine band saw fence. If you’re feeling ambitious you might even make it L-shaped for extra support and added height for resawing. So why spend more than $100...

Tool Test: The VersaClamp Offers Quick Vise-like Clamping

By David Thiel Page: 85 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Sometimes the vise on your bench is not where the work is. For work occasions away from your bench (or on a utility bench) there is the VersaClamp. This fairly inexpensive tool has two mounting brackets that screw to...

Tool Test: Milwaukee’s V28 System – Nearly Corded

By David Thiel Page: 84 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now Who needs 28 volts of power? Me – especially if it’s sized like an 18 volt and will let me use a cordless circular saw that feels like a corded saw! The Milwaukee V28, lithium-ion-powered system is revolutionary. Milwaukee...