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Great DVD on the Jointer and Planer

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Review by Mike Lingenfelter posted 2401 days ago 3571 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I heard about this DVD over at Matt's Basement Workshop. I hadn’t hear of Hendrik Varju before that, but I’m glad I know about him now. His DVD on the power Jointer and Planer is one the best woodworking DVDs I’ve watched. It covers all of the techniques you need, to get the most out of your Jointer and Planer. If you are new to using these machines, I highly recommend this DVD. I wish I had had it when I first bought my Jointer and Planer. Many of the mistakes I made he talks about on the DVD. I’ve been using my Jointer and Planer for awhile now, but I still learned some new techniques that have saved me a lot time with these machines.

This is a 2 DVD set and has about 4.5 hours of information on it. He spends a lot time showing you how to deal with concave, convex and twisted boards. He also spends a bit time showing how to read grain direction. Watching the DVD is like taking a class from him. There are very few cuts in the video, most everything is shown in real-time. There is also has some bonus footage on edge-gluing techniques.

You can find out more about Hendrik Varjo over at www.passionforwood.com.




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Karson

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#1 posted 2401 days ago

Mike I just ordered it. I hope it’s good. I’m taking your recomendation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 2401 days ago

I’m sure you will enjoy it. I don’t give something a high rating unless I really mean it.

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#3 posted 2401 days ago

Great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 2341 days ago

Varju is a regular contributor to Canadian Home Workshop Magazine. He is a very informative fellow.

http://www.canadianhomeworkshop.com/

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#5 posted 2334 days ago

Hendrick does a good job of teaching various woodworking subjects. I will have to consider getting a set.

Thanks for the review.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 2320 days ago

Just watched the entire DVD. I won it from the good folks at ‘The Wood Whisperer’. I must say I learned a lot. I’m not a professional by any means so the content was at my level. He does a great job at taking a piece of wood (several for that matter) from rough sawn to a final glue up. The bonus ‘glue-up’ part of the DVD was my favorite (because I seem to mess that up every time). I will say he is VERY detailed and deliberate in his discussion (4 1/2 hrs on 2 DVDs) so if you are looking for a tips-n-tricks DVD this isn’t for you. It is for the amateur woodworker who gets inconsistent results from their jointer and planer and desires a good and repeatable workflow that will provide consistent results. If you are such a person buy this in a hurry. I’m waiting for future releases by Hendrik (I think this is his first and only). He leaves you hanging at the end of the DVD because he doesn’t show you how to flatten the panel he just glued-up. That is on his next DVD (smart marketing :-) – well I will be the first to buy it.

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#7 posted 2231 days ago

Great review on what seems like a very informative DVD . Did you find Hendrik easy to follow and was the quality of the dvd good enough so that you could make out what he was actually doing ? I checked out the clip he has on his web site , it looks pretty good although its really hard to tell from a 3” picture . Thanks for the review

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#8 posted 2231 days ago

Jerry,

The quality of Hendrik’s DVDs is very professional. He goes into great detail on the use of the jointer and planer. He uses the term “Private woodworking instruction in a box” and that is what you get. There are very few cuts/edits in his DVDs. It’s as if you were sitting in a class and he was standing up there teaching you. I hope this helps.

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#9 posted 2231 days ago

I bought this DVD a couple of weeks ago and am extremely happy I did! I thought it was a bit pricey at first, but Hendrik provides a wealth of information and I think the DVD is worth every penny I spent. I’m saving up for an 8” jointer and I’m glad I bought this DVD before I got the jointer.

-- last night I played a blank tape at full volume - the mime next door went nuts!

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#10 posted 2230 days ago

Yes I wish I had known a little more before I bought my 6” jointer, an 8” would be so nice.

Jerry, I forgot to mention checkout The Wood Whisperer he as a DVD Preview of Hendrik’s DVD. It might show you more.

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#11 posted 1670 days ago

Just watched it…great stuff. I’m an addict of all the web-based shows and I’m still extremely glad to say that I learned a ton from Hendrix! I’m just getting started in my own shop so the timing is pretty good…although I have already finished the top of my Roubo bench after much difficulty with the jointer. Learned many hard lessons myself. Lots of wasted lumber. (luckily just SY pine) I highly recommend this set as well even though it’s pricey.

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#12 posted 1656 days ago

Really great to hear you enjoyed it, Scotty. It’s the kind of video that you will pull out over and over again to refresh your memory on some of the techniques. A real reference sort of learning tool. A lot of people have emailed me to say that they’ve watched every DVD three times already and they’re still absorbing new information! That is the beauty of this craft. You never know it all, so it is truly a lifetime endeavour.

All the best,

Hendrik
Passion for Wood

http://www.passionforwood.com/

-- Fine furniture design/build, woodworking instruction and lots more -- www.passionforwood.com

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#13 posted 1656 days ago

Thanks for the review

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