The Latest from Hendrik Varju

August 8, 20150 Comments

Have you been wondering what Hendrik Varju of Passion for Wood has been up to recently? Well wonder no more!

Hendrik recently released two new titles to his popular “Private Woodworking Instruction in a Box” series:

Handcut Dovetails

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Image courtesy of Passion for Wood

“The DVD starts by reviewing some of the equipment you will need to cut dovetails by hand, such as marking gauges, dovetail markers, chisels, hand planes and so on. He explains his favourite tools for the process and why, including his preference for a rip-toothed Japanese dozuki saw. If you prefer to use a western style dovetail saw, the lesson is still fully applicable to you. However, Hendrik always explains the reason for his preferences when it comes to tools, balancing quality and price at the same time. “

End Grain Table Tops & Cutting Boards

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Image courtesy of Passion for Wood

“Previous videos have covered machinery and tool skills, wood science, joinery methods, finishing and more. They have also covered how to build drawers and frame and panel doors. But for the first time, Hendrik shows you how to complete one simple and complete project from start to finish, allowing you to build a beautiful cutting board or butcher block. Or you can build a stunning show piece of a table top using the same methods. Add some table legs and aprons and you have an heirloom piece of furniture that will be the talk of your family and friends. This production includes footage spread over more than 6 1/2 hours on 3 disks. As is Hendrik’s usual style, this DVD set is a detailed step-by-step course – not the “usual” DVD fare that may have disappointed you in the past.

The DVD starts by reviewing some of the more common uses for his methods, such as cutting boards, butcher blocks or even countertops. He even shows you a completed coffee table design using the same construction for the table top and gives you all the dimensions you need to know to build something similar. The coffee table example is sure to inspire you to get to work in your own workshop at home.”

Hendrik’s DVDs are some of the most information filled titles I’ve ever seen available. Just as the series’ name implies, it really lives up to “Private Woodworking Instruction in a Box”.

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