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  • Belt Sander Bench Mount

    Belt Sander Bench Mount

    Turn your belt sander into a stationary machine. Master woodworker George Vondriska shows you the simplest way to construct a jig that will hold a belt sander securely to your workbench, making it easier and safer to sand typically difficult woodworking projects like small toy parts and irregular shapes.

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  • Applying Veneer

    Applying Veneer

    Applying veneer on your woodworking projects is easy when you know the necessary steps. Our master woodworker George Vondriska teaches you all of the details essential for completing the process, like choosing and applying the right glue and finding the best way to properly clamp the assembly.

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  • Acrylic and Polycarbonate Glass

    Acrylic and Polycarbonate Glass

    Have you ever wondered what the differences are between acrylic and polycarbonate glass? George Vondriska explains what sets them apart and discusses some of the various woodworking projects that require each type. Watch and learn which type factors into your next woodworking plans.

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  • hole

    Workaround: Large Bit, Small Hole

    I was working on a project that required a 1-7/8″ forstner bit, and the only size close to this that I had was a 2″ bit. Unfortunately this was not close enough, so I needed a solution, and no stores were open. I decided that the best approach would be to use my router with

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  • Make any size hole

    Workaround: Make Any Size Hole

    I know circle cutters aren’t a lot of money. But the thought of a steel arm swinging around at face level with a knife makes me nervous. Besides, that single blade tends to tear up the grain around the hole. Buying a dedicated hole saw for every size you may need is an expensive proposition.

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  • Face Joint wide boards

    Face Joint Wide Boards

    Natural edged slab wood can be turned into some amazing projects. But taming the rough slab can be a chore. A planer needs a jointed surface on one face of the plank before it can do its job. A jointer works great for this, but a typical slab will exceed the capacity of most jointers.

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  • Branding Your Woodworking Projects

    Branding Your Work

    It’s not uncommon for woodworkers to use a branding iron to mark their work. It’s cool (actually, it’s pretty hot), and a sign that you’re proud of what you accomplished. Here’s an approach that’ll make your woodworking uniquely your own.These are not, actually, wood brands, they’re steak brands. The idea is that you plunk the

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  • Electrolysis Rust Removal

    Electrolysis Rust Removal

    Ever get to an auction or flea market and stare lovingly, but in despair, at a hand plane that you’d love to own, but are going to pass on because it’s too rusty? There’s a solution for this problem. Electrolysis. It’s crazy cool, and easy to do. Here’s the overview; submerge the tool in a

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  • Transfer Holes From Template To Project

    Transfer Holes from Template to Project

    The other day I needed to mount an electrical power strip to the back of a cabinet. On the back of my power strip were four screw mounting holes. I could have spent a lot of time drawing a complex layout on the rear of the cabinet, but instead here’s what I did: I cut

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  • Workbench Vice Tip

    Secure Work Without a Vise

    Not all workbenches have the perfect vise for holding stock, so I often use this cool trick. Tighten a hand screw clamp onto the bottom edge of the material, then clamp the hand screw clamp to the bench. You’ll be amazed at just how much holding power this provides. Enough for me to easily hand

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