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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.
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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.Watch Now >>
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.Watch Now >>
Learn a few tricks to easily make pegboard shelves — these shelves will make other woodworking projects easier by having tools at your beck and call instead of in a toolbox where you’ll have to take extra steps to reach them. These small shelves provide a great home for sanders, hand planes and other tools…Watch Now >>
Find Adirondack chair plans that will make you the envy of the neighborhood. To make it simple, we’ve provided a full-size Adirondack chair plan of all the chair parts. Our Adirondack chair plan is great for adding a personal touch to the patio or porch of your home. Your guests will take note of the comfort of the curved back and seat, and soon you’ll be getting requests from friends to teach them how to build an Adirondack chair for themselves. Like each of our woodworking projects, Master Woodworker George Vondriska walks you step by step through the entire Adirondack chair construction process with simple, easy to follow instructions.
In this 31 minute video, you’ll learn how to build an Adirondack chair with printable woodworking plans, including:
- Transferring the Adirondack chair template to the lumber.
- Creating the round over for ultimate chair comfort.
- Measuring correctly, using tips to ensure proper cuts.
- Setting the angle on your saw to cut the back slats.
- Cutting, routing and sanding the pieces of the chair.
- Staining and finishing your Adirondack chair.
Everything you need to know is included in this video, and George’s detailed walk through ensures you’ll understand each step. This project is accessible to woodworkers of all levels.
Whether you’re hoping to learn how to build an Adirondack chair for your home, or create a fantastic gift for a family member or friend, you will be able to build an incredibly comfortable chair with a beautiful finish.
Enjoy the beautiful outdoors in new found comfort. Get started on your Adirondack chair woodworking project today!Watch Now >>
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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.
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!
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.
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.Watch Now >>
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.Watch Now >>
Watch this video to learn how to build your own cordless drill charging station and stand. This practical shop project features a drawer for tips, bits and other small items, sturdy shelves, and a handy power strip for quick plugins. We provide the step-by-step instructions so you can easily complete your project without cordless drill…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 >>
Spend 45 minutes with George Vondriska as he shows you how to build a simple yet elegant DIY bedside table. It features a top with breadboard ends, tongue and groove joinery, tapered legs and a single drawer. George takes you step-by-step through the process of building a bedside table you can be proud of. This woodworking project video also includes a complete parts and cut list for you to easily download.Watch Now >>
In this woodworking project demonstration, George Vondriska teaches you how to build a long-lasting end grain cutting board that will look and work great in your kitchen. He walks through the cutting board plans step by step to show you how to build the board from scratch, including wood and pattern selection, initial layout, cut…Watch Now >>
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.Watch Now >>
In this month’s woodworking project demonstration, George Vondriska teaches you the step-by-step process for building a coat tree that will look great in your home or workshop. He demonstrates the simple techniques for installing wrought-iron hooks, crafting the coat tree’s feet, and quarter sawing to achieve that beautiful face grain on all four sides. Coat…Watch Now >>
A straight edge is an invaluable tool in your woodworking shop. Unfortunately, buying a quality straight edge can be very expensive. Here’s how to avoid that expense by building your own shop-made straight edge. The key is taking three different boards and using each as a reference to make sure you end up with three…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 >>
Wooden picture frames make great gifts and you can easily make a picture frame following the steps in this class. Here’s an approach to making wooden picture frames that relies on screw pockets and molding. It’s really easy to do, and you’re gonna love this approach to getting framed. We’re assembling the frame with butt…Watch Now >>
Add kitchen tongs to your list of simple woodworking projects. George Vondriska walks you step-by-step through the planning and building process for making a pair of kitchen tongs that you can give as a gift for a friend or loved one or use in your own home. George teaches you the simple woodworking tips and…Watch Now >>