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  • Homemade Walnut Knobs

    Easy Shop-Made Knobs

    Custom Knobs Create a Warm and Personal Shop Jigs are everywhere in my workspace. Taper jigs, custom sleds and even fixtures for boring holes populate my shop in alarming numbers. Single use jigs are crude, but jigs made for the long-term get special treatment. While cast plastic polycarbonate knobs are available at woodworking stores, I…

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    George’s 3 Favorite Woodworking Jigs for Cabinetmaking

    I’m always looking for ways to streamline my woodworking. Thrifty (read cheap) woodworker that I am my preference is to problem solve with shop-made woodworking jigs rather than commercially produced jigs. Here are my three favorite shop-made woodworking jigs for cabinetmaking: Dado Sizer For years I used the T and E method (Trial and Error)…

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  • Table Saw Sleds

    4 Table Saw Sleds That Will Improve Accuracy

    Sleds are a very valuable asset. They provide a way to allow the work piece to travel parallel to the blade or cutter head to ensure an accurate cut on both large and small pieces, and even irregular shapes. They can have hold downs, clamps, and/or fences to hold the work piece secure during the…

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  • How to Make a Spline Jig

    How to Make a Spline Jig

    Splines really add a lot to a project. Not only do they add a nice accent to your piece, but they also add more structural strength by reinforcing the joint. George Vondriska shows you step-by-step how to make a very simple spline jig using a scrap piece of 2″ x 4″ and some plywood. With…

  • Using a Table Saw Jig to Rip Skinny Pieces of Wood

    Using a Table Saw Jig to Rip Skinny Pieces of Wood

    For whatever reason, you may want to make skinny pieces of wood even skinnier, but the fence on your table saw doesn’t typically allow you to do so, until now. George Vondriska developed a simple sled jig that you can create using a 10″ board and an old push pad to provide greater control over…

  • How to Turn a Cylinder with a Router

    How to Turn a Cylinder with a Router

    Master woodworker George Vondriska demonstrates the process of turning a cylinder for your woodworking projects by using a router. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

  • Creating a Double Duty Trim Router Jig

    Router Jigs for Circles and Dadoes

    Trim routers are great for small operations. I wanted to make some precisely fitting holes for flower pots, but the circle cutting jig for my full-size router was too big. So I decided to make a small version for my trim router. Additionally, I wasn’t thrilled about the fence that came with my trim router,…

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  • Shop Made Circular Saw Guide

    Shop-Made Circular Saw Guide: Cheap, Easy, and Awesome!

    Working with big sheets of plywood, or worse yet MDF, can be a bear. Even on my cabinet saw, equipped with ample outfeed support, I dread man-handling those behemoth sheets. Its grunt work at best, and can be downright dangerous if the slightest thing goes wrong. I have stories among my circle of friends, and…

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  • Homemade Router Table with Shop-Made Router Base Plates

    MAKE YOUR ROUTER A MORE FLEXIBLE TOOL WITH THESE SHOP-MADE BASE-PLATES. Everyone knows that the router is an incredibly versatile tool. A huge variety of router bits, aftermarket jigs, fences and guides for sale at home renovation and specialty woodworking stores make the possibilities for the router seem endless. The easiest way to broaden the…

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  • Tenoning Jig How-To

    Tips for Cutting Tenons with a Tenoning Jig Table Saw Tenoning Jig – Tracks in the miter gauge slot of a table saw. Work pieces are clamped upright against the vertical work support plate so saw cuts can be made in the end grain. The distance between the work support plate and the saw blade’s…

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