About Us - Popular Woodworking Magazine

Popular Woodworking Magazine has delivered articles and commentary from America’s best and brightest woodworkers for more than 30 years.

The editorial focus is a committed philosophy of hybrid woodworking – blending the best of hand tool and power tool woodworking. We bring you woodworking projects for every skill level ranging from simple (but attractive) projects that use basic joinery, to complex furniture plans using advanced woodworking techniques. Nearly every project also comes with a SketchUp model. Contributors include Roy Underhill, Christopher Schwarz, Mary May, Bob Flexner, Toshio Odate, Gary Rogowski and many more.

The magazine is published seven times annually, and is available digitally as well as in print – plus back issues can be explored in our article index. We also send out a free weekly woodworking newsletter and blog regularly on our PWM Shop Blog, where you can join the conversation in the comments section.

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Safety Note: Safety is your responsibility. Manufacturers place safety devices on their equipment for a reason. In many photos you see in Popular Woodworking Magazine, these have been removed to provide clarity. In some cases we’ll use an awkward body position so you can better see what’s being demonstrated. Don’t copy us. Think about each procedure you’re going to perform beforehand.

Meet the Staff

Editor and Content Strategist
Andrew Zoellner grew up making stuff with his family, but he didn’t catch the woodworking bug until college. After graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, he started writing for American Woodworker and learning the ropes of creating first-class how-to content (and learning all about the world of woodworking in a fantastically well-appointed shop). Since then, he’s worked at some other great DIY and craft magazines, spent some time in the music business and kept making as much stuff as he could in his spare time.



Senior Editor
David Lyell 
grew up in his father’s machine shop. Making things and fixing everything is in his blood. David has Industrial Technology and Business degrees from Ohio University. He also runs a photography business with his wife, shooting mostly weddings and real estate. David started as our Online Content Director before he became Senior Editor. He is recovering from chronic hurriedness in the shop and learning the art of precision.



Senior Graphic Designer
Danielle Lowery, graduated from the University of Akron, earning a B.F.A in Graphic Design, but her love for all things art started at a young age. Both her mother and father imbued a love of the creative. Her mother worked in interior design and architecture, while her father enjoys small (scrollsaw & toys) and large (stereo cabinets and porches) woodworking. She creates scrollsaw patterns for her father and has recently discovered woodburning (as you can see on her website lowerydanielle.com). Her recent work experience was in graphic design for the Kroger Co. and she’s happy to bringing her love of fine arts, stained glass, metalsmithing, printmaking, and more to the world of woodworking.



David_Thiel_Jan_16During the past 20 years, David Thiel has worn many hats with Popular Woodworking. He joined the magazine as an editor in 1994 and for 12 years he put his woodworking experience (honed in his father’s and his own custom woodworking businesses) to work building projects and working extensively with tool reviews. From 2004 to 2006 he moonlighted as host for the DIY Network’s “DIY Tools & Techniques” program – an experience that would prove valuable in another few years. In 2007 he shifted his editing skills to the Popular Woodworking books division, and in 2008 he added video production to the books role. In 2014 he moved exclusively to the video side of things as online content development manager, acquiring, producing and editing woodworking videos.



JakeMotz2016Jake Motz, online content developer (producing, shooting and editing videos), graduated from Northern Kentucky University, earning a B.A. in Electronic Media & Broadcasting. He continued building his craft of video production as a production intern for Lightborne, one of the most recognized production houses in Cincinnati. After his internship, he continued to freelance as a production assistant, grip, and photographer where he learned the ins and outs of set and studio shoots for both video and still photography. Jake has created content for many companies including Amazon, Procter & Gamble and CBS. He joined the Popular Woodworking team in 2015, and dived right into learning how to build furniture (in between video shoots, of course).

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