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    Benefits of Sequence Cut Boards

    You may have heard woodworkers refer to sequence cut material and how cool it can be. What does that mean? In this video George has two amazing pieces of maple in his shop, fresh off the sawmill, and they’re perfect examples of sequence cut boards, and the benefits they can bring to your projects. Once… Read more »

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    Kauri: An Ancient Wood

    Thanks to my daughter, Meg, I stumbled across what may be the oldest wood in the world; kauri. It comes from New Zealand, where the trees fell into a peat bog as much as 50,000 years ago. Here’s what I’ve learned about this amazing material. Meg went to college in Ashland, WI, and while there… Read more »

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    Turning a Kauri Bowl

    In this video, George Vondriska is in the shop working on an extra special piece of wood known as Kauri. Kauri wood, which comes from New Zealand, can be up to 50,000 years old and was formed when fallen trees were preserved in peat bogs. Join George as he discusses and discovers the working characteristics… Read more »

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    Burl Wood Bowl Blanks – Where Do You Start?

    One of the best parts of bowl turning is finding chunks of unusual wood that you can turn into amazing bowls. In this case, George was given a huge piece of red oak burl. In this video he explores the burl wood, and walks you through how he changes the huge chunk of wood into… Read more »

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    Techniques for Painting MDF to Get an Antique Finish

    Many woodworkers have a love/hate relationship with MDF. The good news is that it’s very inexpensive, and machines well. The bad news is that MDF isn’t much to look at. This leaves a lot of woodworkers wondering about techniques for painting MDF. Antiquing The real gee whiz part of the technique we’re teaching in this… Read more »

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    “Rock” Your Next MDF Project with Textured Paint

    MDF is a popular material to use for a variety of woodworking projects because it is inexpensive, dense, extremely flat, can hold a crisp edge and comes in large sheets for efficient material use. All of these attributes make it desirable for use in cabinetry, shop jigs, and also projects created on a CNC. As… Read more »

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    Build a Live Edge Table: Part 3

    This is Part 3 in our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll flatten the slab, apply finish, and install our legs. The legs we chose are steel hairpin legs, which really complement the design. Flattening We’re working with a maple burl, which means the grain is going in many… Read more »

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    Build a Live Edge Table: Part 2

    This is Part 2 of our three-part series on building a live edge table. In this installment we’ll look at bookmatching our pieces, design considerations when working with slabs, and getting the slabs joined using steel pins. Beauty in the eye…. There’s no one right way to put projects like this together. Be ready to… Read more »

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    Build a Live Edge Table: Part 1

    Live edge projects (also called natural edge) can be absolutely stunning. The slabs are typically not square or rectangular, so working with them can be a little tricky. In this three-part project series we’ll take you through the steps we followed to make a gorgeous live edge table. Material A variety of species and looks… Read more »

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    A Beginner’s Guide to Hardwood and Sheet Stock

    A common woodworking question is, “Where should I buy my material?” This is a great question. Home centers are not always the answer. Hardwood suppliers are often a better source for material for your woodworking projects. The difference Once you start shopping for and using hardwood suppliers instead of home centers for your project material,… Read more »