George Vondriska

Router Table Essentials + DVD

with George Vondriska

A router table adds a LOT to the shop. With the amazingly diverse availability of router bit profiles, there are many different things you can do on a router table; from edge profiling to joinery. Thanks to the high rpm of a router motor, the cut quality is great, typically requiring very little sanding. With George Vondriska as your instructor, this online video Class will give you many important tips and fundamentals – helping you to get the most out of your router table. .

Safety

The same attribute that provides great cut quality can make routers intimidating to operate. Typically running at over 20,000 revolutions per minute, things can go wrong quickly if you’re not using a router correctly. This Class covers a variety of must-have safety tips including how to properly secure the bit in the collet, determining feed direction, setting up for multiple passes, and how to use feather boards and push pads. .

Buying Advice

There are lots of routers available in the marketplace. This Class will educate you regarding the best type of router to use in a table, and we’ll look at the advantages router lifts bring to router tables. .

Maintenance

While the router table itself requires little more than good housekeeping, router bits are another story. A dull or dirty bit will be unsafe to use, and will cut poorly. We’ll show you how to determine if a bit needs to be sharpened, how to do the sharpening in your own shop, and how to clean a pitch-covered router bit. .

Techniques

Dadoes, rabbets, slot cutting…these are just some of the woodworking techniques you’ll learn in this Class. We’ll show you short cuts that will make set up easier and more repeatable, so you can reduce set up time and increase accuracy.

There are over 100 minutes of hands-on video instruction in this Class. In addition to the detailed video help you’ll receive, this Class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Class Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the class instruction; a Speed Chart to help you determine the best speed to run your bits; and a resources document that will give you information on the products you’ll see in the Class. .

NOTE: You’ll receive this Class video instruction in two forms: As on-demand streaming video (in your WWGOA Account); and as a physical DVD, mailed to you.

  • 4 Sessions
  • 1h 40m
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.

Printable Class Guide PDF

Download and print this PDF Guide to complement your Class. It'll be a good reminder for you on many Router Table tips.

Speed Chart PDF

Use this handy reference guide to help determine the appropriate RPM speed to run your bits.

Class Resources PDF

See this list of tools, suppliers and reference information related to this Class.

Video: Meet Your Instructor

Download this short video to meet your class instructor, George Vondriska.

Video: Intro to Router Tables

Download this short video to hear George talk about the versatility and value of good router table skills.

Bonus materials available after purchase

How do I know what the Class covers?

Every Class has a free Preview video you can watch, to give you a flavor of the Instructor and the skills or project that will be covered. In addition, the Overview tab includes a thorough written description of the Class. And finally, each Class Session has a brief written summary of the content in that Session, including the length of each Session video. You will get a good feel for the Class content by reviewing these resources.

Do I have to be a Member of Woodworkers Guild of America to purchase a Class?

No you don’t. While Premium Members will receive regular offers for special deals on WWGOA Academy content, Classes are not reserved exclusively for Members. If you buy a Class as a non-member, we’re sure you’d also enjoy having access to our full library of great woodworking videos and articles as a Member, so give it a try.

How do I purchase a Class?

First you should decide that the Class is what you want. Review the Class Preview video and the various written descriptions of the Class and each Session before you purchase, so you have a good understanding of the Class content. When you’re ready to purchase and gain access to the Class, simply click the “Add to Cart” button, and proceed through the Checkout process.

How do I access/view my Class?

Once you’ve paid, you can access/view your Class by going to the MY ACCOUNT section of Woodworkers Guild of America. The MY ACCOUNT link is in the upper right-hand area of the website. Within your MY ACCOUNT, a section labeled “My Classes” will appear, including a link to watch the video of your Class. You’ll also receive an email confirmation after your purchase, which will include a link to view your Class. You can access your Class as many times as you wish, and you’ll never lose access to your Account information. Just be sure to “Log In” for access to MY ACCOUNT.

Do I have to take the Class right away?

No. Any Class you buy will be accessible to you always. You can view your Class whenever you want, and you can view individual Sessions in whatever order you like.

Is there a limit on the times I can view my Class?

No. Your access never expires. You can view any Class you purchase as many times as you want, whenever you want.

Can I view a Class on my tablet device or mobile phone?

No problem. Most newer-model smartphones or other mobile/tablet devices with an internet connection are able to play the Class videos. Simply Log In on Woodworkers Guild of America, and you can view any Class you’ve bought through the MY ACCOUNT section. Or, you can click on the “View Class” link within the email confirmation you’ll receive upon your purchase.

How do I get access to the Bonus Materials for the Class?

Until you purchase a Class, the Bonus material (any extra videos, download materials, etc.) will not be accessible. Once you purchase a Class, and go to view your Class, each individual Bonus element is accessible by simply clicking on each item. You’ll find the Bonus Materials directly below your main Class viewer frame. You can access the bonus materials as many times as you like and/or save them to your device.

How does the Class Q&A Resource benefit work?

Once you purchase any Class, within the Class viewing page, you’ll have access to post a question, comment or tip in the Class Q&A Resource area. This is not a “live chat,” but your Class Instructor and WWGOA contributors will answer posted questions and provide tips regularly. You can also view other Class participants’ questions and input to take part in this virtual dialogue among others who have taken the Class and are willing to share tips, answers, or ideas.

Can I print out Class details?

For any Bonus Material that is a PDF Download, yes you can. Just click on the icon/button for the Bonus element you want, and print with your local printer.

What are PDF downloads?

These are simply documents, plans, or written materials that are formatted in a way to print out and retain for reference. By simply clicking on the icon/link for any PDF Download that is included with a Class, you can print that document on your own printer or simply view the contents on your computer/mobile device.

Are there any system requirements to view the Class video content?

Your Class video content is best when viewed on a computer manufactured in the past couple of years with a good broadband Internet connection (not dialup). We also highly recommend using the latest version of Firefox, Safari, or Chrome as your Internet Browser, though recent versions of Internet Explorer will work as well. The recommended screen resolution is 1024 x 768 or larger.

Why do you need my email?

We need it to acknowledge your purchase of a Class, and send you a confirmation of your transaction. Also, in order to maintain your permanent access to the Class videos, you’ll need to Log In to WWGOA.com. We guarantee that we will not share your email with any third parties. You may receive email updates from Woodworkers Guild of America from time to time, with details of new Classes and updates. You can easily unsubscribe when you receive any email.

Can I get a refund if I don’t like the Class?

Because you’ll have full access to all the materials and content that is presented in the Class immediately, we can’t offer a refund after purchase. Please review the Class Preview video and the various written descriptions of the Class and each Session before you purchase, so you have a good understanding of the Class content.

How do I contact WWGOA Academy?

If your question is about the Class content, please use the Class Discussion benefit to ask your question online – and you'll receive feedback from the Class Instructor. Even your fellow Class participants may jump in to offer tips and advice from their experience. If you have other questions or need help, you can email us at wwgoasubscription@program-director.net or call us toll-free, at 1-855-253-0822. Service Representatives will be available Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Central time, excluding normal holidays.

More to Explore

Advanced Sanding Techniques DVD

Advanced Sanding Techniques DVD

Description DVD: Advanced Sanding Techniques George Vondriska and Matt Newborg work together to provide advanced sanding techniques. Learn how to greatly shorten your sanding time. Find out what sanding techniques work with specific wood as well as learn about early wood verses late wood. Prevent over sanding and see examples…
Chair Making Essentials DVD

Chair Making Essentials DVD

Description DVD: Chair Making Essentials Chairs can be challenging to build. They take a lot of abuse, so need rock solid joinery. Mortise and tenon joints make this chair a piece of furniture that will last a life time. You’ll learn tricks for laying out the joint that are chair-specific,…
Wood Turning Gifts and Techniques 6-DVD Set

Wood Turning Gifts and Techniques 6-DVD Set

Description 6-DVD Set:Wood Turning Gifts and Techniques Whether a beginner or advanced lathe user, George Vondriska teaches all the wood turning techniques and tips you’ll need to make numerous projects. You’ll enjoy turning a deep lidded bowl, eccentric tool handle, rolling pin, coffee scoop, bottle opener, ice cream handle, hummingbird…
Advanced Techniques: How to Make a Workbench & Accessorize It DVD

Advanced Techniques: How to Make a Workbench & Accessorize It DVD

Description DVD: Advanced Techniques: How to Make a Workbench & Accessorize It Whether you already have a workbench, or would like to build one from scratch, you’ll find lots of useful information on this video. We’ll introduce you to a unique mechanism that allows you to adjust the height of…
Shellac DVD

Shellac DVD

Description DVD: Shellac George Vondriska works with David Munkittrick in demonstrating the many advantages to using shellac when finishing woodworking projects. Find out the many benefits there are to using shellac verses another finishing product. See the different kinds of shellac available as well as how to make your own.
Advanced Turning Techniques DVD

Advanced Turning Techniques DVD

Description DVD: Advanced Turning Techniques Learning to turn wood on a wood lathe is a skill many woodworkers desire to master. For the novice woodworker, the thought of turning wood can be intimidating. Advanced woodworkers desire wisdom and tips from experienced turners to allow them to further their talents. In…