David Thiel

Elia Bizzarri

Elia Bizzarri: Multi-talented Woodworker

It won’t come as much of a surprise that woodworkers are frequently good at more than one thing. Sometimes it’s necessary, other times it’s just for fun. I was in Hillsborough, N.C., last week working with Elia Bizzarri on two new videos and we started talking about what music to use. He asked if...

Add a New Skill (Leaded Glass) to Your Shop!

While growing up I had never been enamored of stained or leaded glass in my home furnishings – Tiffany glass lamps were usually a bit too frilly for my tastes. But that all changed when I visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Suddenly the idea of geometry versus flowers...

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...

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...

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...

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....