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  • Reading a Grinding Wheel

    Reading a Grinding Wheel

    Is the wheel on your grinder ruining your expensive chisels? Not all grinding wheels are created equal. Master woodworker George Vondriska teaches you how to read the information on any grinding wheel so you can purchase the one that is best for sharpening your woodworking tools.

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  • Proper Handling of a Hand Plane

    Proper Handling of a Hand Plane

    Get off on the right foot with your hand planing skills. Adam Peterson shows you how to hold and position the woodworking hand plane along with the the proper motion and pressure shifts to successfully joint an edge.

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  • Product Review: Hock Plane Iron

    Product Review: Hock Plane Iron

    Discover the joy of hand planing. Ron Hock produces premium aftermarket plane blades and cap irons. See what a difference these tool upgrades can make to your hand plane and your woodworking projects. Is it worth the upgrade cost? Master woodworker Paul Mayer talks about the hock plane iron and answers the question based on

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  • Pinch Dogs

    Pinch Dogs

    This is not a new breed of dogs, but instead an old woodworking techniques for clamping boards edge-to-edge! Expert woodworker George Vondriska discusses what pinch dogs are and how they work.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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