Author Archives: David Thiel

About David Thiel

David Thiel has been part of the Popular Woodworking family for 20 years, and now oversees the woodworking video creation.

Video: Simple String Inlay with Your Router

String inlay is a quick and dramatic way to add interest and dimension to any woodworking project. And it’s not just string inlay, you can add banding and any number of decorative veneer pieces using the router that’s already in your shop. You may need to tweak the edge guide a...

Video: How to Choose a Push Stick – Table Saw Safety

Push sticks? Yes, that is the topic of today’s blog, and it’s also the answer – Yes! Every woodworker has had a close call (or worse) or knows someone who has. Table saws are dangerous and even the experienced get hurt. But before this devolves into a diatribe about table saw...

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Upholstered Corners are Hard!

Most woodworkers eventually run into the situation where their project requires something be upholstered. It may be a seat on a new chair, or refurbishing an older chair. And being woodworkers we’re quick to say, “How hard can it be? I’ve got the tools!” Fools! Yes, we have the basic principles...

How to Add Feet to a Small Box with Alan Turner

Let’s face it, a lot of woodworking is really box building. The good news is that a little bit of simple joinery and a little extra effort can make any box look incredible! The perfect example is a jewelry box, or other small-box build. By adding feet to the box it quickly...

Crown Moulding with Hand Tools

I know, I’m getting older and turning into one of those guys who watches the History Channel way too much, but I’ve found that there’s some pretty good woodworking to be learned from history. Crown moulding is one task that many of us grumble about. It is almost impossible to remember...

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Bandsaw Jigs for Better Resawing

A well-tuned bandsaw is a perfect tool for resawing. Adding a few jigs to the process makes resawing better, safer and easier. The thin blade on a bandsaw doesn’t waste much wood, eliminates kickback and is very stable. By adding jigs such as a tall fence, a stabilizing block and some infeed...

Power Tool-Friendly Workbench

For woodworker’s that have a garage shop, space is a premium, and that’s when storing tools, and having a place to use tools are paramount. With this clever workbench (from our American Woodworker archives), you have convenient storage and a place to use shorter power tools like the router table, table saw...

Another AWFS Show in the Books

Every two years the woodworking world gathers to unveil and share information about the newest in high-tech and hand-tool woodworking. It’s a great few days and we’ve enjoyed sharing what we saw with you. Here’s a short recap: One of the more popular stops at the show is the Fresh Wood...