Author Archives: Jake Motz

#WhyIMake | Chad Stanton

I’ve gotten to know Chad Stanton over the past few years while filming almost three seasons of I Can Do That. In that time, I’ve seen Chad build an abundance of appealing projects, and learned woodworking techniques that have helped me in my own builds. It has never occurred to me...

Woodturning with Tim Yoder Season 3: Episodes 1-6

The newest “Woodturning with Tim Yoder” DVD is here, and season three is shaping up to be a good one. Tim has a lot of great projects, and I find myself learning new skills and techniques with each new episode. In both the Lichtenberg Fractal Burned Vessel and Cosmic Clouds Platter episodes,...

Build a Danish Modern Storage Cabinet

What comes to mind when you think of a stereotypical male in their mid-twenties? Someone who has a beard, a few tattoos and loves to collect vinyl? Well yeah, that’s me, and I’m not afraid to call myself out. Something that may set me apart from others my age is my...

Learn to Finish Wood

As I get more experienced with woodworking, I find finishing to be one of the most intimidating topics. How am I, or anyone for that matter, supposed to be comfortable with finishing when there are so many choices? How to acquire the knowledge and skills to know the proper ways to...

paper towel dispenser

Turn a Paper Towel Holder & More with Tim Yoder

I came to the Popular Woodworking team with an interest in woodworking, but since working here, I seem to have been drawn specifically to woodturning. I find it fascinating, and as with any craftsmanship, it is inspiring to see the passion and care someone puts into a piece, regardless of its...

First On-Location Shoot, with Nancy Hiller

I am new to the Popular Woodworking team and have a background in professional video production. Woodworking is a skill that I’ve always had an interest in and I am eager to get more practice. My first trip with PW was to Bloomington, Ind., to film “How to Build a Turn-of-the-Century...