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Self-Centering Dowelling Jig Review

Self-Centering Dowel Jig – An Old Favorite Gets Better

I use dowels to assemble parts quite often; things like face frames, table bases, and chairs. Trying to drill and align the dowel holes without a decent dowel hole drilling jig is futile. This dowel jig (see Source below) is the latest version of a long-time favorite of mine. It has 4 threaded holes and… Read more

SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers - Desk

SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers – My Journey Learning SketchUp

Most of the woodworking that I do is custom, requiring original design, or at minimum a bit of modification of an existing concept.  Prior to learning SketchUp, I had developed my designs over the years using pencil and paper, as well as a couple of general purpose computer applications that were not specifically intended for… Read more

Wooden Camping Chair

Carry-along Wooden Camping Chair

I’ve been through the gambit of store-bought collapsible chairs to bring along on my canoe trips and none of them have really grabbed me. until I came up with this one. I ran across a photo of a two-piece chair similar to this in a book about ancient Vikings and was inspired to modernize it…. Read more

diy-outdoor-table

How to Make an Outdoor Table (4-Person)

We needed a new table for our small patio. I designed this DIY outdoor table to be simple, easy to build, rock solid, and to last a lifetime. It’s made of construction grade cedar and finished with a clear exterior sealer. Cedar is great for outdoor projects since it’s rot and bug resistant. I bought… Read more

How to Make Cabriole Legs

How to Make Cabriole Legs

If you think cabriole legs are out of reach, think again. With a few hand tools and a little hand/eye coordination, you too can make these beautiful traditional treasures for your furniture projects. In this story I make Queen Anne style cabriole legs out of walnut. The legs were part of a recent jewelry chest… Read more

Sheet Goods Buying Guide

Choosing the Right Sheet Goods For Your Next Woodworking Project

There are lots of woodworking applications that demand sheet goods instead of solid wood, and there are a variety of choices available.  This article will help you pick the material that will work best for your project. Why sheet goods? Sheet stock offers a variety of advantages over solid wood.  Cost is foremost for many… Read more

Drill Press Table Plans

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 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… Read more

Planter-Box

Video: Standing Planter Box

Do you have a garden or enjoy displaying beautiful flowers? A standing planter box is the next woodworking project for you. George Vondriska introduces a fun and unique woodworking project that is simple to make and easy to use. This standing planter box is crafted with accents and depth. Find out the many benefits to… Read more

Mortise and Tenon Jig Review

Leigh Super FMT Frame Mortise and Tenon Jig Tool Review

Accuracy and Repeatability The Leigh FMT Mortise and Tenon Jig is super fast at milling mortise and tenon joints. A little sibling to the industrially machined aluminum Leigh Pro FMT, this less expensive model is made out of 10 and 12 gauge bent and bolted steel. Arriving standard with the jig is a 5/16” spiral… Read more

Cutting Plywood on a Sliding Miter Saw

Video: Cutting Plywood on a Sliding Miter Saw

George Vondriska teaches you the professional woodworking technique for properly crosscutting plywood on a sliding miter saw. This includes selecting the correct side of the wood, carefully operating the saw and deciding when to use a scoring cut or a complete cut to get the best possible finish.

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