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  • Organic Stains

    Organic Stains

    Nothing is simpler than making your own stains just using organic materials from your yard or kitchen. Master woodworker George Vondriska demonstrates the simple process that you can use to create organic stains for your next woodworking project.

  • Making the Tail of Sliding Dovetail Joint

    Making the Tail of Sliding Dovetail Joint

    Sliding dovetail joints are super strong. Master woodworker George Vondriska shows you how to set up and rout dovetails on a router table.

  • Making Sanding Blocks

    Making Sanding Blocks

    Hardback sanding blocks are extremely useful for many woodworking projects. Bruce Kieffer shows you the simple steps to make a whole bunch of sanding blocks for your workshop.

  • Make Stains From Chewing Tobacco

    Make Stains from Chewing Tobacco

    For a unique approach to staining wood, master woodworker George Vondriska discusses how chewing tobacco can be used as a natural colorant. Stains from chewing tobacco add great patina and can provide a unique color aspect to your next woodworking project.

  • Make a Custom Sanding Block

    Make a Custom Sanding Block

    George Vondriska shows you how a quick trip to your local auto parts store is all you need to build your own custom sanding block that can help you sand any shaped profile you may encounter during your woodworking projects.

  • Making Light-Duty Clamps

    Making Light-Duty Clamps

    George Vondriska teaches you about shop-made light duty clamps that are inexpensive and easy to create. Using materials found in any hardware or home store, you can make dozens for the price of manufactured spring clamps.

  • Leveling Edge Banding With A Belt Sander

    Leveling Edge Banding with a Belt Sander

    Plywood edgebanding is best applied slightly wide and then sanded flush using a belt sander. Woodworking expert Bruce Kieffer shows you how to do this type of belt sanding without sanding through the plywood veneer or gouging the panel.

  • Laying Out Circular Rails

    Laying Out Circular Rails

    Building the circular rails for a round table can be intimidating. Master woodworker George Vondriska breaks down the steps using a straightforward approach, and you might be surprised to see how stress-free you can make this rather difficult woodworking process.

  • 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.

  • How to be a Belt Sander Pro

    How to Be a Belt Sander Pro

    A belt sander is a powerful woodworking tool if you know how to use it correctly. In this video, master woodworker Bruce Kieffer gives you some of his belt sanding tips and explains how to avoid project disasters!