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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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.