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  • Abrasive Planing and Sanding on the SuperMax Drum Sander

    Abrasive Planing and Sanding on the SuperMax Drum Sander

    George Vondriska teaches you how to use the variable setting drums on an ES Dual Drum Sander from SuperMax to achieve two levels of sanding on your woodworking projects with just one pass through the machine. He teaches you all about the specifications of the machine and then demonstrates some of its unique capabilities, including…

  • Understanding Drill Bits

    Understanding Drill Bits

    Our woodworking expert George Vondriska teaches you about the range of drill bits that you might find in your workshop and helps you choose the right bit for your weekend shop projects. He discusses the specifications of and proper usage for a paddle or spade bit (good for DIY projects), a twist bit (good for…

  • Graco_TrueCoat

    Graco TrueCoat II Review

    I have tried practically every method of finishing, but waterborne finish technology continues to evolve, keeping me on my toes. Clients recently requested flat panel cabinet doors and end panels to replace their existing ones, but they wanted lacquer-like smoothness with an environmentally friendly finish. Balancing all of the variables like cost, durability, ease of…

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  • Using a Drum Sander to Sand Complex Profiles

    Using a Drum Sander to Sand Complex Profiles

    George Vondriska teaches you how to use a 19-38 Combo Brush/Drum Sander from SuperMax Tools to easily sand those complex profiles that you just can’t reach on your woodworking projects. George demonstrates the technique for using a drum sander on a raised-panel door that he has been working on, and shows you how to maximize…

  • Using Carbide Lathe Chisels on Solid Surface Materials

    Using Carbide Lathe Chisels on Solid Surface Materials

    Woodworking expert George Vondriska teaches you about the benefits of using carbide-tipped lathe chisels for turning bowls made from solid materials like countertop. He’s constantly impressed with how well the carbide stands up against the countertop material, and he thinks you will be, too!

  • Wrapping Sand Paper on a Surface Sander

    Wrapping Sandpaper on a Surface Sander

    Learn how to correctly wrap sandpaper around the drum of a surface sander. George Vondriska is joined by Warren Weber from SuperMax Tools to show you the best way to wrap sandpaper on the drum. Following his advice will ensure the paper has a nice fit so it doesn’t come loose, preventing over laps that…

  • Using a Clear-Cut Stock Guide from JessEm

    Tools We Love: JessEm Clear-Cut Stock Guides

    I’ve long wanted some type of hold-down hold-in system that was faster, easier, safer, and more flexible than the traditional feather boards. Here it is! Thank you JessEm for figuring this out. Plus these new clear-cut stock guides are darn cool looking… and I’m a sucker for cool looking tools! What they are The system…

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  • Simple Router Table Push Block

    Simple Router Table Push Block

    George Vondriska teaches you how to make a simple Router Table Push Block for accurately cutting across the end grain of narrow pieces of wood on a router table without blowback or chipping. He likes to refurbish old push pads by scraping off the worn out rubber pad and drilling the plastic handle to a…

  • Selecting a Sliding Miter Saw Blade

    Selecting a Sliding Miter Saw Blade

    You can’t beat the cut quality of a sliding miter saw for your woodworking projects. Master woodworker George Vondriska discusses some of the key components of the DeWalt Precision Trim Saw Blade that make it optimal for cutting materials like aluminum and MDF, and teaches you what to look for when shopping for your own…

  • Dust Collection & Random Orbit Sander Buying Advice

    Dust Collection and Random Orbit Sander Buying Advice

    You can make your woodworking career last longer and your finished pieces look sharper if you invest in good dust collection options for your random orbit sander. George Vondriska gives you some expert buying advice for finding and operating sanders and dust collectors that will help you to improve the quality of your work, maximize…