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Upcycling is all the rage today, and you may have wondered, “What is reclaimed wood?” Reclaimed wood has lots of features that make it worth bringing into your shop; its history, the wood’s character, and availability of species you may not be able to get otherwise. This instructional video from WoodWorkers Guild of America explains these benefits.
You’ve gotta protect your hearing. Most tools run around 105+ decibels. That needs to get toned down to 85 db or less to be safe. ISOTunes offers lots of products that’ll help you with this.If you’re in a shop environment with other people you need to wear hearing protection and you need to be able to hear the people who are around you. The downside to good hearing protection is that it tunes everything out, tools and people alike.
As a woodworker, you are always striving for precision and consistency, and many tasks require this. Fitting cabinet doors can be one of those daunting, often humbling tasks that requires a great deal of accuracy. Fortunately for those of use who use European style hinges, aka Euro hinges, we get a well-appreciated measure of “wiggle room” in all directions. Euro hinges allow for adjustability in all directions, including left-right, up-down, and in-out.
How many clamps do you have in your shop? How many of them are pipe clamps? There are so many forms of pipe clamps in the marketplace, this video will help you understand what they’re all about, and how to choose the best one for your shop and your woodworking.
People love end grain cutting boards. They’re exceptionally beautiful, and because they’re end grain not long grain, they’re durable and long-lasting. The same features that make an end grain cutting board durable also make them difficult to level after the final glue up.
Have you ever miscalculated or measured incorrectly and ended up ruining a woodworking project? Of course you have! Everyone does it; even the experts. In this week’s free video, Measuring Mistakes, George Vondriska and Spike Carlsen swap woodworking horror stories and prove that you shouldn’t panic if you make a mistake; they’re just part of the learning process.
George Vondriska discusses the benefit of wiping down a piece of tropical wood with alcohol before applying glue. Tropical woods like rosewood have naturally occurring oils that can cause joints to loosen over time, by using this glue tip to clean the surface of the wood with denatured alcohol just before he glues.
Jim Heavey from WOOD Magazine shows you four of the most popular top coats including shellac, lacquer, water based polyurethane and oil based polyurethane. He will discuss the properties and advantages of each top coat as well as how to apply an oil based polyurethane.
Jim Heavey from WOOD Magazine continues the three-part process of creating the perfect finish with information on choosing, testing and using wood stain. The techniques you learn from Jim will help increase your confidence when staining your woodworking projects.
Routers are essential modern woodworking tools used primarily to cut wood, but they can also cut plastic, plastic laminates, solid-surface countertop material, and even non-ferrous metals like aluminum. They are used to cut grooves, shapes, decorative edges, and intricate joinery. Follow along in this FREE guide to learn the best ways to buy a router.
Marking knives are really a great way to be precise with your layout because of how they incise a line across the face of the wood. But why do marking knives come both left handed and right handed? George Vondriska explains the features of both marking knives and the importance of having each in your shop to insure you make accurate marks when laying out your next woodworking project.
Hardwood lumber yards offer you wood either rough or surfaced. Rough is how it’s cut from the log at the sawmill. There they use giant band saws and circular saws with very coarse saw blades, so the work happens fast. Rough lumber looks like it was sanded with a garden rake!
Screw pockets are a great way to put projects together, but are unsightly. If the pocket holes on your project are going to show when it’s done, there’s a great (and easy) way to hide them. All it takes is glue, dowels and some hand tools. You can even turn pocket holes into a decorative accent.
Question: I’m setting up a new shop and I’ve read everything I can get my hands on about dust collection. Now, I’m more confused than I was before doing the research! My shop is about 300 square feet; the third stall in my three car garage. Can you point me in the right direction on dust collection? How large of a system do I need, and what’s the best way to run ductwork?
Many woodworkers are exploring the use of resin as a way to enhance their projects. One challenge that many resin users have voiced is when it comes to mixing the resin component in the specific ratio that is necessary to produce a solid material after curing. Ratios can be challenging to translate to specific measurements, and the penalty for not getting it right can be an inferior surface, or worse, a complete loss of valuable resin if it fails to cure to the appropriate hardness or clarity.
Looking for some new woodworking knowledge? George Vondriska and special guest Char Miller-King answer your woodworking questions on WWGOA LIVE. Char Miller-King is a professional woodworking teacher based in Atlanta and works under the handle The Wooden Maven. Her presence has been seen nationwide as a content creator for brands such as Rockler, Home. Depot, and Power Pro.
A plane that was already a wonderful tool became even better thanks to the incredible engraving Jenny did on it. To be fair, the plane doesn’t cut any better or hold an edge any longer, but this embellishment is a treat to look at, and I appreciate having one of my favorite tools made even better by this custom engraving.
George Vondriska teaches you how to choose the type of aerosol can tip you plan to use for finishing your woodworking projects. Various nozzles have different shaped tips, so the spray comes out in a unique pattern. You should be aware of the tip that you are using before you go to apply your aerosol spray.
Shop solvents commonly come in large containers that aren’t very convenient. Maybe you got a brand-new tool (yeah!) and you need to clean all the schmutz off the surfaces. Naphtha works wonders. Perhaps you want to wet the grain of a piece of wood to get a preview of how it looks or check for glue residue. Using mineral spirits is a great way to do so.