David Thiel

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Folding Sawhorses

The entire weight of your project rests on these supports. Make sure they won’t let you down. By David Thiel Pages: 76-77 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now You might think this is an unusual product for a woodworking magazine to test, and so did some other members of our...

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Portable Writing Desk

Writing letters longhand is one of life’s simple pleasures, as is building this traditional lap desk. By David Thiel Pages: 70-75 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now The portable writing desk was an integral part of 18th and 19th century life, when writing was the only form of long-distance communication....

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Great Woodshops: Cerritos College – An Orderly Education

Attention to detail is essential for building furniture and running a woodworking school. By David Thiel Pages: 35-37 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now Some woodworkers will tell you that an organized shop is one that doesn’t produce a lot of work. But it’s an almost astonishing level of organization...

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Tool Test: Magnetic Featherboards Offer a Quick Extra Hand

By David Thiel Page: 26 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now Featherboards keep your work tight against fences and machine tables to reduce kickbacks and keep your hands away from cutting edges – always a good thing. The trick has always been to make the featherboard easy enough to attach...

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Tool Test: Performax Small-shop Drum Sander

By David Thiel Page: 24 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now Most woodworkers have drooled over a drum sander at one point in their life. Whether it was for a project with lots of thin or figured pieces that needed sanding or for a tabletop that you wanted perfectly flat,...

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Stickley Ottoman

After half a dozen Morris chair plans, we decided it was time to help you put your feet up and relax. By David Thiel Pages: 57-61 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now A Morris chair (heck, almost any chair) just isn’t complete without an ottoman to prop your feet on....

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Tool Test: EZ Smart Circular Saw Guide is Great for Plywood

By David Thiel Page: 33 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now While woodworkers usually don’t consider a circular saw to be a refined tool, they still own one and use it. Why? Because plywood is sold in 48″ x 96″ sheets. And unless your shop is large and well-equipped, these...