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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 08-24-2010 06:16 PM 1694 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Whenever I lay out my project parts in rough lumber, I find that there are 5 things that I always try to keep in mind. This video is a quick excerpt of those five tips from the Chest of Drawers Guild Build. And yes, this is clearly an advertisement for the Wood Whisperer Guild. But hey, if I am going to advertise to you I sure as heck should put something useful in there for you to enjoy. If you have no interest in seeing the ad, it starts at about 1:20. Sign up today and receive 15% off your 6-month or 1-year membership. Simply use coupon code WOODNERD at checkout.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com



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AnnaEA

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 06:23 PM

Useful pointers – thank you. I’m a beginner, and this was very informative.

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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TheDane

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 06:45 PM

Marc … Thanks!

Your stuff is always interesting, informative, and very well presented.

The little bit of ‘advertising’ you do surely does not detract from the message.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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mnorusis

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 08:38 PM

Hey Marc,

As always, great video. I’m curious, how are the Guild projects picked? Do you pick them or does the group? Just curious.

-Mike

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thewoodwhisperer

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 08:46 PM

Hey Mike. Its really a little of both. So far, its been completely up to the Guild members. But as we move forward, I am seeing a greater need for me to specifically select the projects myself while taking feedback and suggestions from the Guild. But during a project, I frequently have members vote on certain details in the project. So not only did the member select the chest of drawers, but they were able to vote for solid case sides vs frame and panel. They are also currently voting on the type of finish I will use. So it will always have a strong level of interactivity, even if I am picking the projects. And picking the projects gives me one more advantage, which is the ability to easily plan the entire next year’s schedule out.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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mnorusis

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 08:52 PM

Thanks Marc, I appreciate the info. It’s an interesting concept that I am considering, one thing you may want to consider doing it to list the past projects (archives) that are available, just so people know what they are getting (unless it’s already there and I just missed it, which has certainly happened in the past).

Thanks again,
-Mike

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thewoodwhisperer

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 09:04 PM

Hey Mike. This past year, the Guild underwent a fundamental change from just simple single videos to the build-along detailed project videos. So the first year’s worth of videos, ranging widely in topics, can be a little confusing to someone coming in. And honestly, I don’t know that those early videos will always be there. I may wind up pulling them out eventually to make room for all these project-based videos. So I keep them out of the promotional page simply because I don’t want to promise that they’ll be there, if at some point I might take them out. So the only archive that I advertise is the videos from that last two builds. Figuring out how much content to keep in the archive is going to be one of my big challenges moving forward.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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#7 posted 08-25-2010 02:08 AM

Marc – Do you have a tentative project list you are currently working on? With winter around the corner, I won’t be able to spend a lot of time in my unheated shop until spring. As soon spring begins though, I’d love to be part of a build as long as it is a piece of furniture that I can use in the house.

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thewoodwhisperer

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#8 posted 08-25-2010 03:22 AM

Well, I suppose my personal to-do list is something of a tentative plan. I don’t want to make any promises though. I also never know what client projects might show up on my list, and I’d love to take the Guild through that process as well. I’ll see about getting some kind of realistic list going asap.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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thewoodwhisperer

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#9 posted 08-25-2010 03:52 AM

Hey if I can get used to this mug, so can you! ;)

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 08-29-2010 06:46 PM

Nice as always! Keep them coming!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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