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Update: DVD Giveaway: Working with Plywood by Hendrik Varju

comments (59) December 6th, 2009 in blogs

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Working with Plywood by Hendrik Varju.
Passion for Wood, 2009.
$94.95 Canadian; 5 DVD set; 11 hrs, 18 mins.

Here’s another DVD set we recently received and we're giving you an opportunity to win a copy. Leave a comment here for your chance to win.

Working with Plywood by Hendrik Varju begins with a planning session for a simple bookcase. This session is more than just about design: it includes drawings, dimensions of all the parts, and a review of how to plan the plywood panel sections from a full sheet of plywood. From there, some of the topics covered in the DVD include ways to apply edging, cut rabbets to fit the back panels, and how to fit and cut cross rails. In the end, the DVD shows you how to build the bookcase from the initial design to the final glue-up. And the glue-up is filmed in real time - no editing - so you’ll see all that goes into the process.

As with Varju’s other DVDs, this set has been called “Private Woodworking Instruction in a Box” because it is like having him there in the shop with you, giving you the hows and the whys to working with plywood. Hendrik covers all of the details that he would normally convey in person. This really is personal coaching in a DVD.

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Comments (59)

calouche calouche writes: May the luckiest person win. Enjoy!
Posted: 12:49 pm on December 25th

Madison2 Madison2 writes: So I said to myself, 56 posts and not a girl in sight! No more my friends, now there's a gal in the battle for the DVD's :-)

Posted: 8:23 pm on December 20th

weopearl weopearl writes: walt I am new to woodworking and nead all the help I can get
I have the tools to do the job but I need experance
Posted: 8:22 am on December 16th

Meuleman Meuleman writes: 5 DVD's to learn working with plywood? I'm curious!
Posted: 6:48 am on December 15th

UMakary UMakary writes: I learn a lot if I can win these DVDs
Posted: 12:42 pm on December 14th

dofitch dofitch writes: This sounds like a great DVD, and since I'm just getting ready to build my shop cabinets, it would be a wonderful addition to my refrerence library. dofitch
Posted: 2:54 pm on December 13th

Gordster Gordster writes: Sounds very useful; I'd love to have it.
Posted: 1:19 pm on December 12th

farms100 farms100 writes: I've always enjoy hearing hendrik on podcast's
Posted: 7:56 am on December 12th

Taigert Taigert writes: Hendrik's web site also has some great items & links, such as planning sheets for cutting plywood. This DVD would be a fantastic reference tool to have in the shop. I'm sure that whoever is lucky enough to win this will enjoy it. I look forward to viewing it.
It's also nice to see a fellow Canuck being successful and recognized for his hard work.
Posted: 6:02 am on December 12th

AtelierDelAubier AtelierDelAubier writes: Belle idée de votre part!
Posted: 8:34 am on December 11th

kingwah kingwah writes: Count me in, too! Feel free to let me win this dvd. Thanks.
Posted: 1:41 am on December 11th

stewdes stewdes writes: I sure would like to win this baby!
Posted: 10:46 pm on December 10th

TechOtter TechOtter writes: All the drawers I've made so far, and the jigs I am beginning to make, are all made out of plywood. This would go a long way to helping out with a few issues I've been having, and answer some questions.
Posted: 2:09 pm on December 10th

dpm dpm writes: DVD would be great. I have Hendriks Jointer/Planar DVD. Very thorough.
Posted: 1:51 pm on December 10th

dpm dpm writes: DVD would be great. I have Hendriks Jointer/Planar DVD. Very thorough.
Posted: 1:51 pm on December 10th

B_o_b B_o_b writes: I love to watch woodworking DVDs in the morning while on the treadmill (portable DVD player) and then proceed to put the new ideas to work afterwards. New cabinets are next on my list - - a perfect application for plywood but I'd love to look at your DVDs first - - it would also contribute to my overall health.


Posted: 10:25 pm on December 8th

jeffreymbdavis jeffreymbdavis writes: yes - i must win it.
i promise to give a 5-star review after i'm finished watching...
Posted: 9:48 pm on December 8th

jhonbaker jhonbaker writes: this looks great. I would love a copy!
Posted: 8:21 pm on December 8th

boomman boomman writes: His DVDs are great and I have been saving my pennies for this one!
Posted: 5:19 pm on December 8th

sawdust_sammy sawdust_sammy writes: I think DVDs are a great educational tool so I use them often. I would love this DVD set.
Posted: 4:26 pm on December 8th

TedFurlong TedFurlong writes: I have worked a lot with plywood and have never really felt I understood the material well enough to predict how it will work in a piece. I'd love to have this DVD to see what I can learn.

Posted: 12:58 pm on December 8th

mrfixitnow mrfixitnow writes: From what I have read, this is a great dvd set. Sign me up.
Posted: 7:57 pm on December 7th

pbibbo pbibbo writes: I never win anything, and would love to win this dvd.
Posted: 1:35 pm on December 7th

MarkusJ MarkusJ writes: I'm fairly new to woodworking and I'm planning a project with plywood right now. This DVD would come in quite handy.
Posted: 1:33 pm on December 7th

D11RDozer D11RDozer writes: This would be a great reference DVD to own. I really enjoy Hendrik's guest appearances on Matt's Basement Workshop Podcast ( ).
Posted: 1:24 pm on December 7th

customwoodwork customwoodwork writes: Sign me up.
Posted: 1:15 pm on December 7th

DaveHarrison DaveHarrison writes: Yes please - count me in!
Posted: 12:43 pm on December 7th

RogersCG RogersCG writes: Sounds good to me.
Posted: 12:34 pm on December 7th

APO APO writes: In my own mind I thought I was a master...However, anyone with more than 11 hours on DVD is clearly better than most...Count me in,,,
Posted: 11:56 am on December 7th

slydogx slydogx writes: Sure, I guess you could send that one to me
Posted: 11:33 am on December 7th

spvincent spvincent writes: Wow -- this looks perfect! I would love this DVD set!
Posted: 11:08 am on December 7th

wam111 wam111 writes: I have learned to work smarter and safer through use FWW and the web site. I imagine that the video on working with plywood would improve my skill level. I would love to add this DVD set to my library.
Posted: 10:57 am on December 7th

DDDean DDDean writes: As a novice woodworker this looks like a great DVD to add knowledge not yet saw dust filled head.
Posted: 10:53 am on December 7th

pcoleman pcoleman writes: I don't work much with plywood, but would like to learn more about it.
Posted: 9:08 am on December 7th

JLYoung JLYoung writes: Just listening to Hendrik discuss his DVD's with Matt Vanderlist is a learning experience. His DVD's must be a master class. Definitely count me in for this draw.
Posted: 6:53 am on December 7th

Ddizzle Ddizzle writes: Knowledge == Good.

Please include me in the drawing.
Posted: 6:21 am on December 7th

Ddizzle Ddizzle writes: Knowledge == Good.

Please include me in the drawing.
Posted: 6:21 am on December 7th

Ddizzle Ddizzle writes: Knowledge == Good.

Please include me in the drawing.
Posted: 6:21 am on December 7th

whampoo whampoo writes: This would be perfect to have as an addition to my shop. I have DVD, television and VHS available to use but no instructional tapes or DVD's to watch. This would be a perfect way to prove to the wife that it was a good idea to have these things available in my shop... and not just for watching television and movies :)
Posted: 12:00 am on December 7th

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: Sounds like a great DVD. Add me in the drawing.
Posted: 11:22 pm on December 6th

Red_F Red_F writes: I'm always interested to learn as much as I can from anyone willing to teach me.
Posted: 11:02 pm on December 6th

Spudwood Spudwood writes: As I have listened to hendrik on MBW it didn't take me long to learn how much I can learn from someone with this kind of knowledge. Now I soak up as much as possible. I love his almost obsessive attitude toward perfection, I tend to be the same way. I would love to see either of his new DVD's.
Posted: 10:52 pm on December 6th

highpro highpro writes: Anything I can learn from, I'm up for!
Posted: 9:36 pm on December 6th

Jollyroger Jollyroger writes: Sure would help me ply my trade. (Heh, heh, had to)
Posted: 9:09 pm on December 6th

BigO BigO writes: I would love to view this DVD as plywood is my main raw material. Good luck to meeee !!
Posted: 8:53 pm on December 6th

dado dado writes: From what I have heard on Matt V.'s podcast this this DVD is very good. Hendrik talks all about how to match & layout your ply before just cutting pieces. It talks about edge treatment pro & cons. If it's half as good as I think, it's well ,worth the price. Hendrik is a very good woodworker and has I think 4 DVD out now.
Posted: 8:06 pm on December 6th

JeffB JeffB writes: I just bought three sheets of plywood. I need the DVD really badly as I plan to start cutting this plywood soon.
Posted: 7:08 pm on December 6th

woodworker52 woodworker52 writes: After looking at the website I would love to have the dvd set to learn what he has to teach me.
Posted: 6:38 pm on December 6th

yrupe yrupe writes: It sounds like the subject is covered in detail, would make a great addition to our library. I would enjoy having it as a reference.
Posted: 6:36 pm on December 6th

davidpeck davidpeck writes: I have enjoyed Varju's articles and would like to learn more from him. Trying to learn all I can to make a living in woodworking.
Posted: 5:14 pm on December 6th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: Always looking to learn as much as I can. I would love to add this dvd to my collection
Posted: 5:05 pm on December 6th

DAVIDAP DAVIDAP writes: Sounds like a good DVD set. Would love to see it.
Posted: 5:02 pm on December 6th

hubiedoo517 hubiedoo517 writes: I have been getting requests for cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom and I would love to have a little instruction with working with plywood. Thanks for the chance to further my knowledge....
Posted: 4:54 pm on December 6th

memmittsr memmittsr writes: I have been teaching my 3 yr. old daughter to work with wood, small projects like a time capsule, etc. This will be a great addition for her future projects!!
Posted: 4:49 pm on December 6th

krbsr13 krbsr13 writes: I like to work with plywood. And I would like to win the DVDs.
Posted: 4:22 pm on December 6th

Tence Tence writes: I would really enjoy owning this dvd collection, sounds like its full of ideas and instructions.
Posted: 4:21 pm on December 6th

w1z3r w1z3r writes: I've always been fascinated by plywood and would love to see this dvd series.
Posted: 3:49 pm on December 6th

BUILDERS695 BUILDERS695 writes: This DVD would be a great addition to my collection
Posted: 3:04 pm on December 6th

granite36 granite36 writes: I've found DVDs to be a good way to learn new techniques. I'd love to add this to my collection.
Posted: 2:24 pm on December 6th

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