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Turn a Carving Mallet

Another of our short, silent film style, artsy-fartsy, videos. This one on making a carving mallet on the lathe.

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Making a Mallet: purpose, design, creation

This stand alone lesson is all about design. Utilizing the designing and building of a carving mallet to explain the intricacy and depth designers go to produce the best they can for a given purpose. You can download the worksheet … Continue reading

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Seared Turned Pear Bowl

Turning wooden bowls can be a relaxing way to end a hard day at work and in about an hour you can come back inside with a small piece of functional art that will sure to bring a smile to … Continue reading

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Making a Try Square

Follow along as I go thou making a French Style Try Square out of curly maple and cherry. You can make your own or support this little woodworking school by purchasing one on our website ‘wortheffort.com’ or visiting our relocation … Continue reading

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Garden Bench Build

Get an entire one-day beginning woodworking course in a hour that could also challenge the experienced as we build a garden bench using one main tool, a hand saw. Proper body mechanics and techniques are the key to success.

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Tops, Leverage, Newton & Telekinesis

Turning a Spinning Top to learn basic turning techniques, explain Newton’s Laws of Motion and experiment with Leverage. Along the way we discuss human evolution, beeswax, gear ratios, radius’s, fulcrums, levers, leverage, and Telekinesis.

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Woodturning Demystified – a turning overview

My Dad and I have been making a lot of wooden mallets these past weeks for an upcoming school fundraiser. In live demo’s I usually take this opportunity to explain what I’m doing and encourage the audience to give it … Continue reading

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111 Days to go… TABLE TOP TIME

Since I found a location and signed the lease for the school in San Marcos it has been a mad dash to get prepared. Every moment besides promotional opportunities like Barton Creek Artist Market at the Barton Creek Mall in … Continue reading

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– greene & greene style coin bank

This project features one of the most forgiving hand tool based woodworking joints I know of and it just so happens to be a key defining ingredient in the Greene and Greene style of design. The Finger Joint. Plus it … Continue reading

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– build a crosscut sled for your bandsaw

I love my bandsaw. I love my bandsaw because it’s like an unpaid apprentice. It does all the boring work plus saves me money by milling rough stock. One of the most useful appliances I use with my bandsaw is … Continue reading

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