Woodturning Techniques

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  • Using Carbide Lathe Chisels on Solid Surface Materials

    Using Carbide Lathe Chisels on Solid Surface Materials

    Woodworking expert George Vondriska teaches you about the benefits of using carbide-tipped lathe chisels for turning bowls made from solid materials like countertop. He’s constantly impressed with how well the carbide stands up against the countertop material, and he thinks you will be, too!

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  • Wood Finishing Tips: Using Kraft Paper for a Smooth Finish

    Wood Finishing Tips: Using Kraft Paper for a Smooth Finish

    George Vondriska demonstrates one of his expert wood finishing tips that you might not have considered. He teaches you how to use a piece of kraft paper or the brown paper grocery bag you have in your kitchen drawer when you want to remove an overly glossy or textured finish from your project. The kraft

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  • Cutting Soapstone on the Lathe

    Cutting Soapstone on the Lathe

    Woodworking expert George Vondriska teaches you how to properly prepare, mount and cut soapstone blanks on the lathe in your workshop. When cutting soapstone, because it is a soft material that tends to give off lots of dust when sanded, he shows how to effectively and safely shape the blank by using hard metal scrapers

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  • Turning a Bowl Made from Crotch Wood

    Turning a Bowl Made from Crotch Wood

    Watch as George Vondriska turns a hefty chunk of maple crotchwood into a beautifully finished bowl. He walks you step-by-step through the woodworking process for turning a bowl made from crotch wood with “drama” by utilizing the unique lines and features of the wood.

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  • Finishing Bowl Bottoms on a Lathe

    Finishing Bowl Bottoms on a Lathe

    George Vondriska teaches you about the benefits of using a Modern Longworth Chuck System to finish the bottom of a bowl that you are turning on a woodworking lathe. The jaws help to better grip the bowl with a snug fit so that you can more easily craft the bottom of the bowl and get

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  • How to Hollow Wood After a Turning

    How to Hollow Wood After a Turning

    George Vondriska demonstrates the how to hollow wood and the benefits of using hollowing specific tools when turning items with a small neck hole to finish the interior of the turn. Learn a new turning technique as George delicately hollows the interior of a small flower pot.

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  • Using Calipers on the Lathe

    Using Calipers on the Lathe

    Frequently, when your turning spindles on the lathe you need to define specific diameters. This is when using calipers on the lathe comes into play. George Vondriska teaches you the step-by-step process for combining the capabilities of a parting tool and calipers to define specific diameters when using the lathe.

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  • Clean Up a Taper Using a Skew

    Clean Up a Taper Using a Skew

    Once you have a taper turned on your lathe, you’ll need to clean it up. George Vondriska describes how to use a skew to smooth out your taper. He shows you two approaches, scraping and sheering and explains the advantages of each.

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  • Turning a Taper

    Turning a Taper

    George Vondriska demonstrates how to turn an attractive, smooth taper starting from a large diameter to a small. You’ll learn how to use a roughing gouge and the importance of always working from the large end of the taper to the small end to avoid chipping. With some practice and a steady hand, you’ll be

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  • Burning Accent Lines on a Lathe

    Burning Accent Lines on a Lathe

    George Vondriska teaches you a neat trick for burning accent lines into a dabble while it spins on the woodworking lathe. He recommends using recycled guitar strings pulled tight across the spinning piece. This will create friction and in turn burn lines into the gardening tool or any other project you may build.

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