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  • Know Your Hand Planes

    Know Your Hand Planes

    There are many different styles and shapes of hand planes, so it is important to know how to optimize your use of each type when completing your woodworking projects. Master woodworker George Vondriska discusses when to use a scrub plane, smooth plane, and block plane.

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  • Hose Clamps as Woodworking Clamps

    Hose Clamps as Woodworking Clamps

    Master woodworker George Vondriska shows you how simple radiator-style hose clamps can be used as woodworking clamps to tackle any oddball clamping needs in your workshop.

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  • Using Felt Clamp Pads

    Using Felt Clamp Pads

    Clamps without pads on the contact points can mark the surface of your project. You will learn from master woodworker George Vondriska how to apply inexpensive felt clamp pads to any clamp in your workshop to protect your woodworking project from unwanted blemishes.

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  • Easier Clamping on a Band Saw Table

    Easier Clamping on a Bandsaw Table

    It can be tricky to clamp fences and jigs to the top of a cast iron band saw table because the webbing on the underside of the table gets in the way of your clamps. Fear not, George Vondriska teaches you a simple technique to create a flush surface on the bottom of your band… Read more »

  • Drill & Tap Cast Iron

    Drill and Tap Cast Iron

    Woodworkers drill holes in wood all the time but hesitate when it comes to cast iron. Threaded holes in cast iron machine tables are just the solution you need for holding jigs and fixtures. George Vondriska shows how to cut a threaded through or blind hole in cast iron with a center punch, drill, tap… Read more »

  • Do I Really Need An Impact Driver?

    Do I Really Need an Impact Driver?

    Seeing is believing! Watch this demonstration and don’t be surprised if your next tool purchase is an impact driver. For more information about impact drivers check out the related impact driver product review.

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  • Cutting Plugs / Using Plug Cutters

    Cutting Plugs and Using Plug Cutters

    Make nearly invisible covers for screw heads with plugs cut from the same wood as your woodworking project. George Vondriska guides you through the procedure for cutting plugs using a drill press, plug cutter bit, bandsaw and George’s secret weapon: masking tape.

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  • Cutting Laminate on a Table Saw

    Cutting Laminate on a Table Saw

    Master woodworker George Vondriska demonstrates the best way to safely cut perfectly straight plastic laminate with your table saw. You’ll learn that all you need are a couple of scraps to make a handy foolproof woodworking jig.

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  • Concentric Variable Spaced Dovetails

    Concentric Variable Spaced Dovetails

    Dovetails are widely viewed in the woodworking world as a mark of premium craftsmanship. Cutting them with variable spacing creates a strong visual appeal, and the appearance of a hand-cut approach. Master woodworker George Vondriska demonstrates how to use a router, dovetail jig and guide block to make concentric variable spaced dovetail joints without the… Read more »

  • Climb Cutting on a Dovetail Jig

    Climb Cutting on a Dovetail Jig

    Router bit tearout is a nasty problem when you’re cutting dovetails. So master woodworker George Vondriska shows you how to avoid this devastating problem when completing your woodworking projects by using a technique on a dovetail jig called climb cutting.

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