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Blog entry by Steve Diogo posted 03-20-2014 12:41 PM 2891 reads 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a beginning woodworker, I’ve spent untold hours watching woodworking videos on YouTube. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve become convinced that YouTube is one of the main drivers of the current woodworking renaissance. But while there’s a lot of great woodworking videos out there, there’s also a lot of crap.

Since I don’t have a lot of woodworking skills to share on LumberJocks, I thought I could provide a service by pointing out the YouTube woodworking teachers who have helped me the most, and therefore save newcomers some time and energy by pointing them in the right direction. To that end, I wrote a guide to the best YouTube video channels, and I posted it on my blog at chicagowoodworker.wordpress.com.

It took me hours to put this together, so rather than killing another 4 hours formatting the post and loading the links, I will simply provide the link to the original post here.

I hope you enjoy it.

Feel free to comment on my list and add others you think are worth watching.

-- http://chicagowoodworker.wordpress.com/



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Greg In Maryland

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 01:41 PM

That is a nice writeup.

Thanks for taking the time to pull all that together.

Greg

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Steve Diogo

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 01:57 PM

Thanks, Greg. Glad you enjoyed it.

-- http://chicagowoodworker.wordpress.com/

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gamygeezer

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 02:16 PM

Excellent article. Your journalist background really shows there. The only additional site I found interesting is Askwoodman.com.

I bookmarked your article, it deserves lots of revisits.

Ken

-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?

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TraylorPark

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#4 posted 03-20-2014 02:29 PM

Great post. I independently came to the same conclusions on the go to people for my instruction and inspiration and I bet we aren’t alone in that for a reason.

Just thought of one that has also helped me ton. Matt Vanderlist of Matt’s Basement Workshop. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh4cZco4hHMFyZPrNts3Hkw
He can sometime be guilty talking way too much, but that’s because he started out as an audio only podcast and continues to do so. He is a hybrid worker as well and throws out some great tips on working in a compact space.

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Steve Diogo

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#5 posted 03-20-2014 02:46 PM

Thanks, Gamy!

Traylor… I like Matt a lot. You’re right… he can prattle on… but part of it is because he really tries to break things down for the newcomer. Good addition to the list.

-- http://chicagowoodworker.wordpress.com/

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oldretiredjim

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#6 posted 03-20-2014 02:57 PM

Second vote for Allen Little – akswoodman.com.

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JFred

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#7 posted 03-20-2014 03:06 PM

Check out the videos on youtube from High Falls Furniture Co. a.k.a. as hffcom on youtube the gentleman has a large variety of jigs dust collection hook ups. I think you’ll be impressed

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knotheadswoodshed

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#8 posted 03-20-2014 03:16 PM

I enjoy watching Cap’n Eddie for turning info
www.youtube.com/user/capneddie

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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#9 posted 03-20-2014 05:29 PM

A very good starter list. Glad to see Frank Howarth on your list, he has raised the bar for woodworking videos and inspired many others to improve their video production.

No list is complete without John Heisz. Not specifically woodworking but the guy is clever and makes interesting projects.
http://www.youtube.com/user/jpheisz

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#10 posted 03-20-2014 05:32 PM

Great writeup! Looking forward to see that blog evolve in the future.
In a world of videos where people tend to speak A LOT (Woodman, Spaugnolo etc) i think that Mathias Wandel aka Woodgears deserves to be considered for the list as well.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#11 posted 03-20-2014 06:19 PM

As the others have said, great write up. Nice review of each. I would highly suggest, if you are willing to pay, the Charles Neil finishing class is mind blowingly comprehensive.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Steve Diogo

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#12 posted 03-20-2014 06:21 PM

I agree, K. Mathias is brilliant, and he is included in the list. I watch all of his videos and find a lot of inspiration, but nothing I actually plan to build.

Thanks everyone for the comments and additions. You gave me some new ones for me to check out.

-- http://chicagowoodworker.wordpress.com/

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CL810

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#13 posted 03-20-2014 10:28 PM

Thanks for the great work Steve.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#14 posted 03-21-2014 04:42 PM

Thanks for the great write up. I’m new here and was excited to see what’s in your go to list of youtube woodworkers. I’m glad to see that we’re on the same page. You listed all the channels I subscribe to as well. I’m a guild member and would highly recommend you to join. The Stickley Morris Chair is the next guild build coming up in April. You can always purchase past builds at anytime and they’re yours for life. One guy I should mention that has a great youtube channel is Curtis Buchanan’s Windsor chair build. It’s a 52 part build and it’s awesome! I have some steam bent parts begging me to turn them into a Philadelphia Windsor High Back. Hopefully this summer I’ll get it done but in the meantime I have a few Adirondack chairs to build.

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#15 posted 03-23-2014 12:55 PM

Thanks a ton Steve!!! Due to a recent injury, I’ve been watching a ton of YouTube woodworking videos. I was even planning to start my own forum topic just like this, though your’s is much, much better!

I’d like to add a few I’ve found here lately:

Some are better produced than others but they all have stuff I’ve found useful or interesting. I think a couple may even be LJ’s. There’s quite a few turners on my list because I’m hoping that’s the first thing I can get back into as my arm heals.

Thanks again!

-- David

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