Monday, May 31, 2021
The bandsaw is the safest machine in the workshop, which makes it one of the most dangerous. Often woodworkers opt to center their shop around a bandsaw because they’re considered to be safe and versatile. If you haven’t used a bandsaw much in your woodworking, let Chuck Bender walk you through the basics of how to safely operate this time-honored tool.
There’s lots of confusion about the difference between bevel up or bevel down hand planes and what the angles are all about. We will discuss how the planes work with the wood and the basics of sharpening those bevels.
The inclusion of CNC machines in the home workshop is one of the fastest growing segments in the woodworking industry. Join Chuck Bender as he sets up, calibrates and begins using a small CNC machine in his shop. With the right machine, and user-friendly software the machine will be up and running in no time.
Although many look at CNC machines as some sort of way to cheat at woodworking, Chuck Bender shows you how you can use one to augment your skills. As an 18th Century furniture maker, Chuck has always tried to strike a balance between the artistry of hand-tool woodworking and including the efficiency of using power tools. Watch and he shows you how to design and execute a small project “on the fly” that supplements his traditional furniture while maintaining his reputation for museum-quality reproductions.
One of the most useful tools in our woodworking shop is the card scraper. One of the most frustrating tools in our shop is the card scraper. I’ll show you how to quickly turn a little piece of steel into a grain-conquering hero. It’s darned near magic!
Whether you’re making crown molding for a piece of furniture, adding a decorative detail to a piece of millwork, or making a picture frame, the table saw is the perfect tool to cut clean, accurate miters, bevels and chamfers. Join Chuck Bender as he demonstrates the tricks of the trade for making perfect, accurate miters, bevels and chamfers.
Most woodworkers are terrified of using stain or dye on their projects. This seminar will dispel the myths and provide a great foundation for applying color without failure. Color, it’s what makes the world beautiful!
The versatility of the table saw doesn’t shine any better than when it’s put to use making joints. In one form or another, most of those joints involve removing material to create a dado or rabbet. Chuck Bender shows you multiple ways of making these essential woodworking joints.
Wood grain can make or break a project. In this seminar we will discuss the different cuts of wood (flat, quarter, rift), how to choose which is appropriate for your project, what EMC is, and how to lay out your parts for best appearance and function.
I’ve long felt that a dovetail joint is a mark of craftsmanship. This joint is easy to make using a standard dovetail jig. I’ll show you how to set it up including the tips and techniques needed to produce this beautiful and strong classic joint.
The bandsaw can do far more than simply resaw lumber or cut out the curvy edge of a wall shelf. With the addition of a few shop-made jigs, you’ll be able to do more than you ever imagined with your bandsaw.
One of the real joys of woodworking is being able to surface wood using a hand plane. In this seminar we will discuss how to turn an old Stanley Bailey bench plane into a real treasure.
In this seminar, I will cover router selection and use, a variety of accessories and building a basic set of router bits. This presentation will also include router table use and solutions to common routing problems.
This presentation is project based. I will review and demonstrate the process and bits needed to produce rail and stile joints as well as raised panel inserts that can be used to create impressive doors and drawer fronts.
Preparing for a finish is the most important aspect of finishing. We will discuss how to properly sand a project and the pitfalls that can turn a great project into a great disaster.
There are many jigs that will increase the versatility and accuracy of your router. I will review some of my favorites including jigs for mortising, dado work and small part work as well as a coping sled and trammel jig.
The table saw is central to many woodworking workshops, and its versatility is unrivaled. What should you look for in a new saw? How should you tune your saw to get straight, accurate cuts? What are the best practices to operate a saw safely? In this seminar, Chuck Bender answers all those questions and many more.
If you’ve taken the three previous seminars on table saws, you probably realize how versatile they are. But if you truly want to get the most out of your saw, there are a few essential shop-made jigs you can use to accomplish more and do it with a greater degree of safety. Chuck Bender shows you his top three essential table saw jigs in this final table saw seminar.
One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “what is the best finish?”. In this seminar I will show you how to apply one of my favorites, true oil-based varnish. We will look at both wipe-on and brush application.
Bringing old woodworking machinery back to life is a great way to fill your shop with great machines for a fraction of what new costs. We will discuss how to determine what tools are worth saving, cover resources for information or parts, and go through the basics of rust removal. I’ll also show you a slick setup tool.