Woodturning Techniques

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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…

  • 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.

  • Super Finishing for Turning

    Super Finishing for Turning

    George Vondriska demonstrates the best way to apply a simple finishing mixture to a bottle stopper that is durable and will give the piece a proper shine. While the bottle stopper is still on your lathe, you can dab on light layers of thin-viscosity CA wood glue and linseed oil. Titebond Instant Wood Glue provided…

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    Woodturning Classes: Spindle Turning Basics

    Before running the lathe, be sure you’re safe. You should remove all jewelry and roll up your sleeves or wear short sleeves. You should also wear a full face shield to protect your eyes. Lathes have a speed limit. Make certain your lathe is set at the correct speed. The speed is specific to the…

  • Turning a Bowl: Hollowing the Inside of a Bowl

    Turning a Bowl: Hollowing the Inside of a Bowl

    Whether you’re turning a bowl for the island in your kitchen or as a gift for the neighbors, you’re sure to impress if you use George Vondriska’s technique for hollowing out the inside of a bowl. He teaches you to use firm, fluid motions with the round-nose scraper, moving from outside to in or top…

  • Shearing End Grain on the Lathe

    Shearing End Grain on the Lathe

    George Vondriska uses a Go Pro camera to give you an expert woodworker’s perspective at a quick and painless technique for shearing end grain on the lathe. The best types of wood for shearing are those that have a more closed grain, like cherry, pine, walnut and maple. George demonstrates the shearing process on a…

  • Lathe Techniques - Shearing Beads

    Lathe Techniques: Shearing Beads

    Learning to shear on the lathe takes a good bit of time and a whole lot of practice, but you’ll love what you can do once you’ve mastered the lathe technique. George Vondriska teaches you that shearing is something you have to commit to, it can’t be done halfway. Bead shearing is an excellent woodworking…

  • Bowl Turning Basics

    Bowl Turning Basics

    Screwing a faceplate directly to the back of the bowl blank creates some problems. It leaves holes in the back of your bowl, and it also limits how deeply you can cut into the face of the bowl without hitting screws. It’s better to use a dummy board and paper joint. The dummy board, simply…

  • Inside-Out Turning

    Inside-Out Turning

    The geometry on square or rectangular woodworking projects is pretty easy to figure out. But when it comes to round projects, like round tables, it’s a little more difficult. This woodworking video shows you how to lay out the project on a piece of scrap plywood so you know everything you need to know before…

  • Using a Ring Tool

    Using a Ring Tool

    George Vondriska introduces a better way to hollow end grain. You’ll end up with silky smooth cuts after using a ring tool followed by a scraper. George shows you how to use this cool specialty tool. It’s an inside-out approach on an egg cup.