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.

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Chad Stanton, Not Just a Pretty Face

Flemish? Jacobean? Nope, Chad Stanton. To many, that name might mean making simple (but handsome) I Can Do That!  projects from home-center lumber and tools as showcased in his video series – it’s a great way to get started in the craft…but it’s often a gateway to specialty woodworking tools and lumberyard stock....

Video: Sturdy Drawer Joint on a Table Saw

The dovetail is the drawer joint of choice in many a classic drawer, but for a more mechanized world, the drawer joint of choice is often the half-blind tongue-in-groove. Sturdy, interlocking, mechanical without the need of nails, and quickly made on a table saw this joint often appears in commercial cabinetry (in...

Handy Figure-eight Fasteners

I don’t actually remember how long ago I discovered figure-eight fasteners (ten, fifteen years?), but it was one of those moments when I felt like someone had answered a wish. I was struggling with how to attach something vertical to something horizontal and I wanted it nearly invisible. Then I found...

Elliptical Router Jig for Any Size Oval

I love routers and this elliptical router jig makes me love them even more. I’ve made countless circles with router jigs over the years, but this simple jig for creating a multitude of oval shapes is slick. Ovals are tough because it’s a mathematical equation to get the shape correct. While...

Shaving Horse & Drawknife Basics

Traditional chairmaking starts with a shaving horse and a drawknife. Used with both green and dried wood, woodworkers have relied on these two tools for centuries. Simple to use, there are just a few things to be aware of before getting to work. In this short video, Windsor chairmaker Elia Bizzarri...

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HVLP Finishing a Benefit for All

When I was first learning woodworking, HVLP didn’t exist. That’s something I lament on occasion when I recall taking a deep breath (even with a face mask and decent air collection) before starting to spray a lacquer finish. The overspray cloud was amazing and there really wasn’t a way to avoid...

Frank Klausz & the Joys of Fillister Planes

If you enjoy using handplanes in your woodworking, then you may consider adding specialty planes (like a fillister) to your shop. Frank Klausz is a fan of fillister planes, and in this short video, he shows some of the details on adjusting and using a metal-bodied fillister to make a shiplapped joint. Just one...

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How to Repair Loose Screws on a Chair

With time, furniture joints (especially in chairs) tend to loosen up a bit. It’s part of working with a material that once was alive and continues to react with the environment. Wood shrinks and expands with humidity, and the same goes for the holes that have screws in them. So before...