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  • Build a Tiled Table- Part 1 Rail & Leg Assembly

    Build a Tiled Table Part 1: Rail and Leg Assembly

    In the first installation of a three-part series on building a tiled sofa table, George Vondriska teaches you how to cut and assemble the rails and legs that will become the body of the table. He demonstrates the proper technique for tapering the legs on all four sides with an adjustable square and your bandsaw,…

  • Make a Jig for a Half-Lap Joint

    Make a Jig for a Half-Lap Joint

    Half lap joints are a popular way to join two pieces of wood together and can be used on a number of woodworking projects. One way to cut half lap joints is on a table saw. George Vondriska takes you step-by-step on how to create a simple jig for cutting half lap joints on a…

  • Creating a Wooden Hinge for a Gate Leg Table

    How to Make Wooden Hinges for a Gate Leg Table

    Discover how to make wooden hinges for a gateleg table, hinged-lid blanket chest or other furniture projects. Watch as we teach you how to set up your tablesaw with a shop-made fence that guides your workpiece past a dado head blade, creating perfect teeth and sockets. And this wooden hinge is just the beginning. WWGOA’s…

  • How to Build a Stylish Stool

    How to Build a Stylish Stool

    George Vondriska teaches you how to build a stool that will look great in either your home or workshop. He walks you step by step through the entire process, showing you how to complete each of the necessary woodworking techniques, including cutting legs at a compound angle, accenting the seat with your bandsaw and piecing together the frame.

  • Impressive Picnic Table

    How to Build a Picnic Table

    Watch as we show you how to build a picnic table that’s beautiful, durable and portable, right before your eyes! Learn about choosing materials, the best tools and hardware to use, clever tips and techniques, PLUS there’s a detailed Cut List you can take along to the lumberyard.

    Impressive Table

    This tabletop is 40 inches x 8 feet–plenty big to seat 10 adults. It’s designed with reinforcement ribs underneath and clever joinery tricks to keep it from cracking during temperature- and humidity-level changes. And we know you want to learn how to build a picnic table, but you’ll need matching benches, too. These bench seats have a nifty curve that makes them extra comfortable. And they’re stackable!

    Choosing Materials

    Woodworking projects always turn out best if you start with the right materials. Find out what wood was used for this picnic table and why it was chosen. Recommendations for adhesives and fasteners (with a source) are also included.

    Valuable How-To

    Watching this video, you won’t simply learn how to build a picnic table–you’ll also learn valuable tips and techniques, for joinery, blade adjustments, marking, drilling, and fastening, that you can use in on other projects. This table and benches was designed to go together like a kit, which makes it perfect for woodworkers of any skill level. Beginners will learn a lot and even seasoned veterans will pick up some new tricks.

    Built to Last

    Many woodworkers learn how to build furniture so they can custom make pieces for their home. But don’t forget your outdoor living space. A picnic table like this will last for years and will be the centerpiece of your outdoor celebrations, family meals and impromptu gatherings.

  • How to Build a Beautiful Occasional Table

    How to Build a Beautiful Occasional Table

    In this woodworking project video, George Vondriska guides you step-by-step on how to make a beautiful occasional table. George teaches some helpful tips and tricks on how to easily cut all the pieces required and how to create tapered legs that connect using biscuit joinery. The top of the table has a ceramic tile in the center and is framed with white oak. As an added finishing tip, George will take time in this video to show you how to ebonize the white oak to give it a dark, rich black color.

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    DIY Woodworking: Shop-Made Drill Press Table Plans

    This is a shop fixture that’s worth getting started on immediately. Stationary drill presses are definitely not set up for DIY woodworking. The cast round table below the chuck isn’t woodworker friendly or even metalworking friendly. Once you build this fixture you’ll love its adjustable fence for drilling equally centered holes and the stop block that…

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  • Standing Planter Box

    How to Build a Standing Planter Box

    One of the easier woodworking projects you can build yourself is a standing planter box for herbs, fresh vegetables, or flowers. Even if you have a large garden, certain things are more convenient if they are just outside your door including herbs, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes and other fresh vegetables. They’ll be within reach to add to your fresh dinner salad. And, if back problems are an issue for you or your favorite gardener, a standing planter means no bending over to tend the garden.

    Learn how to build a standing planter box that not only looks like it should be part of your backyard, but is sturdy and will stand up to the elements. Because this box is made from cedar decking and 1-inch by 4-inch cedar planks, it will also be bug resistant. The video shows you how to square up the box, build great-looking legs, add a bottom shelf with even spacing between the planks and how to make everything nice and sturdy so the weight of the dirt and water doesn’t blow everything out.

    Wet dirt is heavy, so the instructions provide what you need to know to make this project extra sturdy, using braces on the bottom and on the inside. To add to the structure, the project is glued and screwed. Waterproof glue makes the standing planter box last longer than if you were to use standard glue. This project was designed so that the pieces were all taken from standard 8-foot (96″) boards with very little waste.

    This standing planter box (also known as a raised planter box) is also waist high so that you won’t be breaking your back when you work with the plants. This is also a great project to build for someone who wants to garden but cannot due to physical limitations.

    Watch the video to learn how to build a standing planter box; and print the documentation for the list of tools, list of boards you’ll need and list of dimensions to cut the boards. You’ll have this woodworking project built in no time and you’ll be eating fresh vegetables and growing fresh herbs in no time.

  • Build a Side Table

    Build a Side Table

    Spike Carlsen teaches you how to build a side table in your workshop. He walks you through the step-by-step instructions, demonstrating all of the essential woodworking tips and techniques, such as laying out the dimensions and bracing the legs to the top and shelf. This beautiful craftsman side table is a great project for all skill levels of woodworkers.

  • How to Build a Workbench, Workbench Plans

    Workbench Plans: How to Build a Workbench With Full Accessories

    Gain all the knowledge you need to build your own fully accessorized workbench with this step-by-step video featuring George Vondriska. For both beginning and intermediate woodworkers alike, a well-made and intricately customized workbench is a critical tool to ensure efficiency in all your future woodworking projects. Through George’s detailed instruction, you’ll quickly and easily learn how to build a workbench that will serve you well for many years to come.

    Throughout this video, you’ll discover simple yet proven techniques for not only this particular project, but all your projects as well. George includes detailed instruction on how to build a workbench that features adjustable legs — offering virtually any working height you may need — along with multiple storage cabinets and surfaces to keep your shop space both clean and efficient.

    Workbench Plans: WWGOA

    Check out this full video and master the techniques for adding additional accessories to your workbench such as bench dog holes (positioned using a plunge router jig), and much more. With the groundwork laid out and your new workbench taking form, you’ll find ample opportunity to improve upon the design to suit your own custom needs, such as adding a board jack when working with particularly long pieces or a planing stop, used when sanding or planing surfaces. George even offers some creative and incredibly handy custom-made accessory options that will give your workbench a few extra capabilities you may not find in most woodshops.

    With this in-depth video on how to build a workbench, you’ll be on your way to improving the beauty and efficiency of your woodshop in no time! Make sure to utilize our workbench plans below.