David Thiel

Tool Test: DeWalt’s New 5″ Random-orbit Sander

By David Thiel Page: 36 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Random-orbit sanders have made my woodworking career a much happier thing. And each year there are improvements to the basic concept that make them even better. The newest 5″ orbiter from DeWalt has beefed up the power some and...

Tool Test: KIK Forstner Bits

By David Thiel Page: 35 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now Woodworkers need a good set of Forstner bits. Designed to cut clean, flat-bottomed holes, they’re very handy to have in the shop. If you want a Forstner that goes a step further – look to KIK Forstners from TG...

Tool Test: Amana Carbide Countersinks

By David Thiel Page: 35 From the November 2005 issue #151 Buy this issue now While using screws on a woodworking project may not be fine woodworking, it happens all the time. To improve the look of those screws, a good countersink and plug cutter help a lot. To make things even easier, I...

Prairie-style Coffee Table

An anachronism in its time, this table now fits perfectly in our homes. By David Thiel Pages: 62-66 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now Frank Lloyd Wright would probably be dismayed to see a coffee table built in his Prairie furniture style. In fact he and his fellow early 20th-century...

Woodworking Essentials: Casework Construction – Beginning Principles

By David Thiel Pages: 53-60 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now To open our seven-part series on casework construction it’s probably smart to include the definition of casework. “Webster’s Dictionary” (Random House Value Publishing) gives it a one-word definition: cabinetwork. I think that’s both a little too complicated and simplistic...

Tool Test: Jet Parallel Jaw Clamps

By David Thiel Page: 32 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now When Jet announced its new line of parallel jaw clamps, I asked if they would be less expensive. Company officials said, “No, but they’ll be better.” I was skeptical, but the company proved good to its word. The clamps...

A Woodworking Miter Saw

Turn a contractor’s tool into a precision woodworking machine. By David Thiel Pages: 66-71 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now I don’t know of too many woodworking shops, whether home or professional, that don’t have a miter saw as part of their equipment. A miter saw is a fine alternative...

Tool Test: Bosch Trimmer Not Just for Laminate

By David Thiel Page: 28 From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this issue now Bosch has upgraded and redefined its line of trim routers to make them more durable and convenient for woodworking operations – though the tool was originally designed for the laminate-installation industry. From the August 2005 issue #149 Buy this...