Introduction to Spindle Turning

with George Vondriska

$39.99 $33.99

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You Get with Your Class:

  • In-depth Instruction; Over 80 minutes
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Indefinite access. Pay once, view forever
  • Bonus materials, including downloadable Class Guide
  • Access to Class-only Q&A with Instructors

If you want to get hooked on a hobby fast, start lathe turning!

It’s an incredibly addictive form of woodworking. It’s a lot of fun and, unlike many other types of woodworking, many lathe projects can be completed in a very short amount of time. Additionally, lathes take up very little space, and are a great way to get kids interested in woodworking.

Presented by George Vondriska, this video instruction class provides everything you need to know to start doing spindle turning. From teaching you the parts of a lathe, to what types of material are best for turning, to chisel use, we’ve got you covered. In addition to helping you with the mechanics of using the chisels, we’ll even teach you how to sharpen them.

This course concentrates on the scraping technique. You’ll learn what chisels to use for each step of the turning process, how to take a turning blank from rough to round, when to make speed changes as you’re doing your turning, and how to shape the spindle with beads and coves. We also cover sanding and finishing on the lathe, and provide a variety of safety tips.

A real benefit to learning lathe turning by video is the ability to stop and view segments multiple times. This is a great way to get a feel for the body mechanics required; how to stand, how to hold the chisel, how to make the cuts. You’ll also learn how to add accents to your turning using a burn technique, and how to turn parts to a specific size.

In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, this class provides you with a printable Class Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the class.

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.

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Bonus Materials Included

  • Printable Class Guide PDF
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  • Class Resources PDF
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  • Video: Meet Your Instructor
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  • Video: More about Spindle Turning
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