The router is one of most versatile power tool in your shop and is a must have for any woodworker. Watch this woodworking video and learn a number of router techniques from our master woodworker, George Vondriska. George starts with buying advice, covering the various types and sizes of router – from tiny trim routers, to 3 plus horsepower behemoths, to battery powered routers. You’ll know what these routers are used for and how to pick the right one for your woodworking needs. Features such as variable speed, soft start, and fixed and plunge base designs, are covered.
You’ll also learn about router bits, including insert tooling, bearings, and shank sizes. George also introduces the basics of using a router; mounting bits properly, setting depth of cut, securing work on the bench, starting your cut, feed direction and stopping your cut. The video describes more advanced techniques, such as inlay work, routing dadoes, flush trimming plugs, edge joining large boards, climb cuts, and cross cutting long panels.
Finally, George covers router and bit maintenance, including sharpening a router bit.Watch Now >>
In this wood turning project, turn a great-looking laminated stacked ring bowl! By cutting progressively larger rings from plywood and then gluing and stacking them, you can limit the amount of wood you have to hog away to shape a bowl. Master woodworker George Vondriska shows you how to lay out the design, create a safe wall thickness, and glue the assembly together. You can watch the bowl take shape using ordinary turning tools. There are some great tips on sanding and finishing here for a woodworking piece you’ll be proud to display.Watch Now >>
Build a roll-around shop table from one sheet of 3/4″ plywood. This woodworking shop project is a great asset in any shop! Use it for an assembly and outfeed table as well as a portable tool caddie. Master woodworker George Vondriska gives you the complete workbench plans, tells you what hardware you’ll need and discusses design options to customize it for your shop. Once you’ve built a shop table, you’ll wonder how you got by without it.Watch Now >>
Many tools don’t really work that well on top of a bench. Frequently a standard height bench makes the tool too high to comfortably work on. This shop-made cabinet puts your benchtop tools at just the right height. And, it’s economical. The entire cabinet comes from just two 3/4″ 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood.
In addition to getting tools to just the right height this cabinet provides LOTS of storage in the form of pull out trays. It also has built in outriggers, with adjustable height, you can use to provide support when you’re working with large pieces.
The video provides tricks for accurately locating the pull out trays in the case, something you can use any time you’re installing drawer slides, and for using the router table to cut the long slots required for the adjustable outriggers.
This cabinet is very handy and works great for a benchtop planer, drill press, jointer, even a table saw.Watch Now >>
Making pens and pencils on the lathe is a lot of fun and easy once you know a few of the woodworking tricks. George Vondriska provides you with a complete shopping list of what you’ll need to turn slimline (7 mm) pens and pencils, and takes you through what you need to know to turn shop scraps into beautiful writing implements.
Material selection, best tools to use, turning, sanding, and finishing tricks, it’s all here. And you’re going to love making pens and pencils. Write on!Watch Now >>
Watch this video for everything you need to know to make a beautiful, practical ladder shelf. With complete free ladder shelf plans instructions, including clever master woodworker hints and tips, this video is also a mini woodworking course on making dado jigs, plus ladder shelf plans and a cut list are included!
The Ladder Shelf
You’ll see versions of the ladder shelf in on-trend home furnishing stores and on popular decorating sites. The shelf is ultra-sturdy and takes up very little space. We have many woodworking projects like this shelf. Our ladder Shelf Plans are easy to follow and fun to build.
Start with the Legs
This video is the perfect companion to the ladder shelf plans and it all starts with cutting the legs. Right off the bat, you’ll learn tricks for making sure the wood grain is running the right way and how to determine the exact angles needed to make the shelf stand up against a wall. There’s even a tip for how to make sure a loaded up shelf doesn’t wreck the wall behind it!
Make the Dado Jigs
Have you ever looked at some of our woodworking plans and shied away from a project that included making a dado jig? Even if you’ve made one before, you’ll learn useful tips for how to make dado jigs that ensure a perfect fit. You’ll also learn about choosing the correct router bit and guide bushing, how to use a simple piece of paper as a spacer, and how and why to make a climb cut with your router.
If you’ve wondered how to band shelves for a professional, finished look, you’ll find out how to do it with this video. We take you step-by-step through the process, and you’ll learn what to use to clamp on the banding — it’s not a clamp! This video, the ladder shelf plans and the cut list are all you need to make your own handsome ladder shelf.Watch Now >>