WWGOA Live: May 2017

Thanks to Charlie Kocourek for helping out with this LIVE event. He did a great job, and was able to answer a lot of veneer related questions. He’s welcome back any time.

0:35 Intro of Charlie Kocourek
2:45 Routers that don’t have variable speed
4:45 Resawing, with demo on bandsaw
8:30 Determining what size screw for a project
10:02 Finish for an end table
11:14 Countersink to use with plugs
12:59 Painting outdoor treated wood furniture
15:36 Using a trim router for making holes
17:22 Best way to store chisels
19:30 Best finish for mahogany
20:55 Best way to store lumber
22:29 Good practice wood for lathe turning
24:02 Bandsaw buying advice
26:20 Glue squeeze out on a through tenon
30:04 Working with old wood
30:40 Woodworking projects for learning
32:30 Freezing point of Titebond 3
33:06 Making a juice groove in an end grain cutting board
34:53 Using commercial iron on veneer
35:58 Veneer on plywood edges
36:40 Source for weathered oak veneer
39:50 End grain bowls?
41:12 Cleaning saw blades
42:03 Selecting a glue
43:23 Pattern cutting small parts on a router table
44:23 Biscuit cutter vs pocket holes
46:15 Best dovetail jig
48:25 Helical heads on jointers
51:46 Making half lap joints
57:19 Router bit for cleaning pallet wood edges
59:55 George’s teaching schedule

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137 Responses to “WWGOA Live: May 2017”
  1. harold

    Hi George, Joined your site a couple of months ago, Enjoy your videos. Easy to follow, understand and learn from.

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  2. Carl Timko

    I downloaded your router bit speed chart. I have three routers but they do not have speed adjustments on them. What do I do in this case? Buying a new router is not an option. Also, I am tempted to join the WWGOA, but I don’t care for automatic renewal, is this negotiable?

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    • Edward

      I have a Rockler micro adjuster for my router fence. Have you any idea how far one turn of the knob moves the fence? Rockler doesn’t have the answer.

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      • clayton bolduc

        It depends on the screw thread. If the thread is 16th or a 32nd the one turn moves the fence a 32nd or a16th.

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  3. John

    Can you explain the term re-saw as it pertains to band saws. Thanks. The other John.

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  4. Don

    Hi George, I really enjoy you low key and calm way that you explain what and how to do shop work

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  5. Howard from NJ

    What determines the right size wood screws to use on a project?

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  6. Mark Barron

    George:. What is the best countersink or method to use; to make sure i can get the button plugs to seat over the screws flat.

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  7. Frank

    I’m building children-sized picnic tables I’m using treated 2 x material. These picnic tables will be resting on the ground. To protect the ends of the legs from premature rotting, I’m thinking of using a spray-on water sealer on the bottom and up the legs about 6″. Then, to protect the children from coming in contact with the treated finish of the lumber, I’m thinking of painting all the surfaces with a white, oil-based primer, then finish painting the seats and table top with multiple colors of latex paint. Is the spray-on sealer on the legs overkill, just right or not enough? Is the primer on the rest of surfaces too much as well?

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  8. Tom

    How do you store wood if you are not gonna use it right away? Many times by time I want to use a piece of wood it has developed a bow. Should it be supported in many locations? Is it better standing up or laying flat? Thanks

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  9. JOHN

    What is the best finish to use for an end table that is really nice, built from Cherry, but located in a Den it would be under heavy use?

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  10. Pastor Harry Pickett

    Hi, So thankful to be on holiday today, so I can catch you guys. Its close to 9:30am Friday here in South Australia, by the beautiful Murray River.

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  11. Ron

    Hi George, I also just joined and am enjoying the videos. Just retired and thought I would try some woodworking. Thinking about buying a bandsaw. Any recommendations?

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  12. Steve Pelletier

    George, I just bought a nice compact router. is it possible to use it as a replacement for the drill press to make straight holes? If so, is there a selection drill diameters to choose from?

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  13. Gary Coyne

    When assembling thru-tenon assemblies or a Green & Green 3-finger finger joint frame (think -=), how do you deal with squeeze out. Note: I fume so I cannot have any glue smears.

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  14. Lawrence

    I have several hundred board feet of old wood – 30+ years old – oak, maple, and walnut. I know that wood hardens with age. Are there any special considerations for working with old wood?

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  15. Mark A Barron

    Hello George: I am looking for the best method or countersink to use to make sure my plug buttons will sit flush over the screw holes… Thanks

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  16. Fil

    From San Antonio, TX. Question: My woodworking skills are minimal but trying to get better. What type projects would help me learn more?

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  17. Melvin Rowe

    I have a Delta mid sized lathe. The quill has come out of the tailstock and I can’t get it to stay. When I crank it so that it should hold the wood, the quill backs out instead,.

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    • George Vondriska

      I’m not sure I completely understand what’s going on. But many lathes have a release built into the tailstock. When you back the tailstock quill away from the headstock, it automatically pushes the live center out of the tailstock. If the tailstock quill is in this retracted position, the live center won’t stay in place.

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  18. John Slaughter

    Have you tried the Cutech planers and jointers? I understand that the helical cutting heads make them superior to other types.

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  19. Robert

    What is the best method to put a juice groove in an end grain cutting board?

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  20. Sharm Poulos

    What is the best way to clean build up on saw blades that cause burning.

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  21. Gailen

    Is there a good place in southern California for veneer? I’m Looking for weathered oak in particular.

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  22. Larry

    When turning a bowl from a small log do you need to cut the log in half length wise to come up with a blank or can turn from the end of the log?

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  23. jammie

    how about making a video for women who is just starting woodworking or/and power tools

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  24. Jim

    Charlie,
    What are your feelings about using commercial iron-on glue for ironing on veneer?

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  25. Fil

    From San Antonio, TX. I want to put veneer trim on plywood edges of a toy box. Do I take off hinges and put veneer, start and stop veneer around the hinge or what do you suggest?

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  26. Charles

    There are several types of glue. Is the primary criteria for which glue to use the amount of “play” time before setting, or are there other considerations?

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  27. Patrick

    ​what do you guys do when using a pattern bit on a router table ,what’s the best way to hold smaller pieces , say like a 3 inch circle or something like that ?

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  28. Bill Norcott

    When would you use a biscuit jointer for projects versus using a pocket hole jig?

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  29. Lawrence

    I have several hundred board feet of old wood – 30+ years old – oak, maple, and walnut. I know that wood hardens with age. Are there any special considerations for working with old wood?

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  30. Tom

    Whats the best way to restore a deck surface thats pretty weather beaten. the deck has just been power washed and is ready for the next step ?

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    • George Vondriska

      This is a good question for the folks at The Family Handyman Magazine.

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  31. Bill

    In your opinion(s) what is the best dovetail jig (money not necessarily a factor) that provides the best most efficient (i.e., ease of use) dovetail cut?

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  32. John

    When making louvers for 3-1/2″ plantation shutters, how do you keep the cut consistent and not make indentations on the router?

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  33. Johnny

    I received your drawn video demo of the locking writing desk with all the hidden compartments and would really like to see you guys do a live demo on the show. Any chances to see the real thing?

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    • George Vondriska

      Sorry, but I think you’re thinking of someone else. I haven’t made a locking writing desk with hidden compartments.

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  34. Peter Denton?

    I have a deck box with a top that is 60″x25″x 3/4″. It ways about 25 pounds. What can i use to stop it from slamming down

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  35. Jenn

    Hello! What are your best hints and tips for flawless Lap Joints? Thank You!

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  36. Mark

    From Japan. You guys are fantastic educators. Very engaging and informative and to the point. Thanks!

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  37. Gary Coyne

    South Pasadena California (a city, oddly enough south of the city of Pasadena)

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    • George Vondriska

      We’ll see. We’ve got to get this one wrapped up first. 🙂 But glad you liked it.

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  38. Terry

    What is the best way to glue a rubber pad to a piece of plywood and the right glue to use

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  39. David Conrad

    Newbie wood working hobbyist watching from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Any suggestions about working with pallet wood? I am taking the oak slats from pallets apart to refinish the face of my fireplace, above the mantle. Planing the face… both sides, and plan to smooth the edges with my table router. Not sure what type of router bit would work best.

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  40. David of Hesperia, CA

    Question about glue: A friend wants to build a hang over step for his boat for skiers to climb in. What would you suggest for a adhesive that can be submerged. Titebond does not make a submergible glue.
    Thank You!

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    • George Vondriska

      I’d check with boat builders, or places that sell boat building supplies. I suspect you need some kind of epoxy.

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  41. Dave

    Isn’t there measuring sticks or devices to measure the right height for a lap joint for saw blades or router bit height.

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  42. Vernon Stedronsky

    I wish you would provide a video access to the programs after they are complete. I always seem to join the discussion too late.

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  43. robert wiman

    what do you think of the band saws from harbor freight tools.is it a good one or is it one of the worst ones on the market.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Robert. Sorry but I do not have any experience with this saw. In general, Harbor Freight has a reputation for selling power tools that are of marginal quality, so I would ask around to see if you can find any owners who would give you some qualified perspective before you purchase. Paul

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  44. Kathy

    Just curious if there is an alternative tip to buying/ making a pocket hole jig? Any way to make your own or a method by which it can be “eyeballed”?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Kathy. Perhaps there is a way to do this, but you can buy an entry level pocket hole jig pretty cheaply, so I’d recommend going that route. Paul

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Thomas. There is an ongoing raging debate around this question. I use both approaches interchangeably and if you are careful, either one will work fine. Overall I generally prefer to use a damp rag. Paul

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  45. Allen Fietz

    When gluing a through tenon into another piece of stock, do not put the glue in the mortice. put glue on the tenon and hold short of putting glue on the area of the tenon that will be protruding out of the mortice. the glue will be behind the end of the tenon as it is inserted into the mortice and will not pass through a glue area , thus no glue on the end of the tenon when it protrudes from the end of the mortice.

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