• Turning a Small Lidded Box - Lathe Project

    Lathe Project: Turn a Small Lidded Box

    Turning a lidded box is a great lathe project. They make great gifts and are easy to create using basic turning skills. This woodworking class provides tips for hollowing the narrow, deep interior, creating decorative chatter on the lid and using a specialty chuck for the entire turning process. Look for a chuck on which…

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  • DIY Egg Carton Fire Starters

    Make Your Own Egg Carton Fire Starters

    George Vondriska teaches you a cool way to get your winter fires going with these egg carton fire starters! George fills empty cardboard egg cartons with wood shavings (he recommends soft woods like pine or cedar), then pours a layer of melted wax over each shell, making sure to get all of the wood wet.…

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  • Scroll Saw Projects: Chess Pieces

    Scroll Saw Projects: Chess Pieces

    Using a scroll saw you can create your own unique chess pieces. In one of his scroll saw projects, George Vondriska demonstrates step-by-step how to create detailed chess pieces using a piece of alder, a scroll saw and a pattern. Learn how to build the chessboard base here.

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  • How to Make a Chessboard

    How to Make a Chessboard

    George Vondriska teaches you how to make a chessboard in a few short steps. This video will teach you about material selection, and how to easily get the alternating color pattern that chess and checker boards require. Next up, learn how to build the chessboard pieces here.

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  • Adding Accents to Outdoor Projects

    Adding Accents to Outdoor Projects

    George Vondriska demonstrates a quick and reliable way to add accents to hide the butt joints on your outdoor projects. You’ll see how to easily craft an outside corner that overlays the butt joint and adds a very nice design element. Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue provided by Titebond. For more information, visit www.titebond.com. More…

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  • How to Make a Wood Carving Stand

    How to Make a Wood Carving Stand

    George Vondriska invites his friend George Johnson into the woodworking workshop to learn about a simple carving stand that you can build with cheap materials to make wood carving more comfortable.

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  • Beginner Woodworking Projects: Matching Saw Horses and Shop Stools

    How to Make Sawhorses and Matching Shop Stools

    Effectively learn how to make sawhorses and matching shop stools with this instructional video hosted by master woodworker George Vondriska. When not in use, the stools and horses stack, keeping them out of your way. Everything can be made from only two sheets of plywood. We’ve provided the cutting diagram.

    This is a great project for beginners looking for a simple learning experience, or intermediate builders that could use a few uncomplicated and genuinely useful projects for their own shop. There’s nothing worse than being unable to properly support larger pieces you’re working on in the shop. A few shop-made sawhorses and shop stools should be among the first woodworking projects that a beginner takes on. Within the wide variety of woodworking videos available on the Woodworkers Guild of America site, this handy video offers one of the most useful projects for your shop.

    George will walk you through the step-by-step process for how to make sawhorses and shop stools using only two sheets of plywood. No fancy tools required, either. The final product includes four of each item. During the creation of the I-beams — used to improve stability and rigidity of the sawhorses in this case — George divulges a handy tip to easily keep track of the center line of long boards when making connections from the outside edge.

    If you need more storage, the shop stools can be easily modified to allow for small shelving units between the legs for additional storage space, or even modified with holes for handy tool hangers. Similarly, you may also consider modifying the sawhorses if you need additional functionality, such as adding a few useful hooks to the sides of the vertical I-beam boards. These could be used to keep cables and cords off the floor while working, or as handy temporary storage for safety gear such as goggles, gloves, or hearing protection.

    This video on how to make sawhorses provides you with all the steps necessary to get a beautiful finished product. George even shares an incredibly simple yet effective technique to keep your vertical pieces in an upright position that you won’t want to miss.

    With this straightforward guide on how to make sawhorses and shop stools, you’ll be well on your way to creating a couple of the staple devices you’ll use in your workshop for years to come!

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  • How to Build a Birdhouse

    How to Build a Birdhouse

    Expert woodworker George Vondriska and his guest demonstrate the easy step-by-step woodworking process for how to build a birdhouse from one piece of solid cedar wood. You’ll learn how to make all the necessary accommodations for the birds in your neighborhood, including a space for seed and waste removal. Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue provided…

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  • How to Build a Canoe

    How to Build a Canoe

    If you love canoeing but you want to step up your hobby from using plastic rentals to a beautifully crafted wooden canoe, you should consider learning how to build a canoe yourself. Master woodworker George Vondriska and Mark Morgen from St. Croix Canoes give you a brief overview of the things you might need to…

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