George Vondriska

Fundamentals of Furniture Making

with George Vondriska

Tables, chairs and other forms of furniture rely heavily on mortise and tenon joinery, which is at the heart of our Fundamentals of Furniture Making Class. From scaling the joinery to suit your project to producing a perfectly fitting joint, you’ll learn the mortise and tenon joint inside and out, along with other great tips for making rock solid furniture.

Additionally, furniture projects often require solid wood tops, made using edge-to-edge glue ups. Learn the tricks behind jointing perfect edges, getting great color and grain matches in your top, and allowing solid wood tops to expand and contract seasonally.

Our Class video instruction is very detailed, leaving no steps out of the process. In this Class you’ll learn about:

  • Project design
  • Edge-to-edge glue ups for strength and beauty
  • Mortise and tenon joinery
  • Tapering legs
  • Adding decorative accents to furniture projects

Your Class instructor, George Vondriska, is a firm believer in the adage that form should follow function, and he’ll show you how to add simple details to furniture that take it from boring to beautiful. For example, a simple router bit makes a significant difference in the look of the table rails. Undercutting the edge of the top gives it a lighter look. A slight taper on the legs reduces their bulk. Fundamentals of Furniture Making provides video instruction that makes each of these details easy to do.

In addition to step-to-step video instruction, this Class provides you with downloadable resources and helpful information, including: A complete printable Class Guide, that is a woodworking plan for the table you’ll build in your own shop while following along with George’s techniques; and source references for any specialized tools used.

NOTE: This Class video instruction is also available for purchase in DVD form. If you prefer to own a physical copy, you can purchase the Class DVD here.

  • 9 Sessions
  • 2h 48m
George Vondriska

George Vondriska

Formally trained as a Technology Education teacher, George Vondriska has been teaching woodworking since 1986, and has been the Managing Editor of Woodworkers Guild of America since 2007. In addition to teaching classes at his own Vondriska Woodworks School, George teaches at woodworking shows across the country and has taught woodworking for the Peace Corps/Swaziland, Andersen Window, Northwest Airlines, and the Pentagon. George has had numerous magazine articles published, from tool reviews to shop improvement projects.

Video: Instructor Insights

Download this short Video to hear your Instructor talk about this Class and some history of his Furniture Making

Printable Class Guide PDF

Download and print this PDF Guide to complement your Class. It’ll be a nice reference for you to keep.

Class Resource List

See this list of tools and suppliers for selected tools used in this Class (if you don’t already have).

Video: Meet Your Instructor

Download this short video to hear how George got started in woodworking and his experience as an instructor.

Project Drawing & Cut List PDF

See this detailed drawing of the Sofa Table you’ll create with this Class, and a complete Cut List for the process.

Bonus materials available after purchase

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