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    Make Your Own Wooden Sign

    Some friends of mine have a cabin in the north woods with an out building for extra overnight guests to bunk up for the evening. It’s a great place to fall asleep on a moonlit night listening to the cooing owls and the foxes rustling through the brush. Both friends have a Swedish heritage so… Read more »

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    Custom Wood Travel Mug Using Stave Construction

    Woodworkers are constantly on the lookout for good projects that can be built quickly and given as gifts to friends and family members. This custom wooden travel mug project scores a bullseye on that front, providing a highly coveted item that will be useful to any person on your list. The project features stave construction,… Read more »

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    How to Make a Turned Wood Lidded Box

    This turned lidded box has the power to make your sweetheart smile on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter. Small is beautiful. That’s because this intermediate level turning project can be done in an afternoon at a cost that can be next to nothing. If you have some rescued firewood or off-cuts… Read more »

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    How to Make a Dibble for Gardening Using a Lathe

    If you, or someone you know, dabbles in gardening, you need to learn how to make a dibble for the dabbler. A dibble is used for planting; it’s very helpful for producing a hole for a bulb or seed, and getting the hole just the right depth. Lathe work Learning how to make a dibble… Read more »

  • Turning Large Wooden Bowls

    Turning Large Wooden Bowls

    Turning large wooden bowls is a blast! However it requires some special set up. In this instructional video the bowl blank started as a log, which is then mounted on a four-jaw chuck for turning. We’ll provide you with what you need to know about special requirements for turning large wooden bowls. Important aspects of… Read more »

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    Turn an Oil Wand Kaleidoscope

    As I’ve stated in earlier articles, my shop (like many others) generates a lot of small pieces of wood, each one precious. My wife just shakes her head and often accuses me of buying scraps! I’ve turned those piles of scrap into lots of fun projects like cribbage boards, serving trays and napkin holders. This… Read more »

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    Lathe Project: Turn a Small Lidded Box

    Turning a lidded box is a great lathe project. They make great gifts and are easy to create using basic turning skills. This woodworking class provides tips for hollowing the narrow, deep interior, creating decorative chatter on the lid and using a specialty chuck for the entire turning process. Look for a chuck on which… Read more »

  • Turning a Baseball Bat

    Turning a Baseball Bat

    You’ll never want to buy a baseball bat again after George Vondriska and veteran woodworker A.J. Moses teach you how to turn a customizable baseball bat to fit your preferred parameters, including league requirements and weight specifications. Follow along as A.J. gives you the tips and techniques you need to turn your very own custom… Read more »

  • Pen Turning Basics

    Pen Turning Basics

    Turning pens on the lathe is a project that’s fun and, with the right instruction, easy to do. In this woodturning project, George Vondriska provides information and demonstration about tool requirements and material selections for preparing your blanks for turning, mounting your blank on the lathe, techniques for turning on the lathe, sanding and finishing,… Read more »

  • Stacked Ring Bowl Woodturning Project

    Stacked Ring Bowl Woodturning Project

    In this wood turning project, turn a great-looking laminated stacked ring bowl! By cutting progressively larger rings from plywood and then gluing and stacking them, you can limit the amount of wood you have to hog away to shape a bowl. Master woodworker George Vondriska shows you how to lay out the design, create a… Read more »