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Forum topic by AM420 posted 06-13-2018 04:19 PM 582 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2018 04:19 PM

I’m a subscriber to Woodsmith magazine, but don’t know much about their videos. I saw that they offer access to all of their videos for $89 and was wondering if it’s a worthwhile investment to get useful information, instruction on projects, and skill-building.

I’ve seen some video series that will glance over a lot of important information that only an experienced woodworker would know, or they are mostly pushing a product for get paid despite its usefulness or quality.

Based on some posts I’ve seen it seems like at least some people really enjoy them. I’d appreciate the opinions of anyone who is a watcher and tried putting the video instruction to real world use.

Thanks.


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#1 posted 06-13-2018 04:40 PM

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#2 posted 06-13-2018 05:11 PM

how much time have you spent looking at woodworking videos on YouTube ?

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#3 posted 06-13-2018 05:17 PM

I think so. I record the rerun shows (that is what the videos are) and watch them periodically.

The project ideas are valuable and the joints that they explain can be applied to many projects. It is always annoying to see TV versions of how to videos though. Like you can snap your fingers and have a dado blade with the fence and everything perfect for the next cut.

I believe there is a lot of demonstration there that you can mimic in your shop.

-- I think foosball is a combination of soccer and shish kabobs.

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#4 posted 06-13-2018 05:39 PM



how much time have you spent looking at woodworking videos on YouTube ?

- John Smith

I’ve seen several. Some are are good production and the person in them seems knowledgeable, but most are pretty terrible in one way or another. Also, being a novice, I don’t always know if what is being told is actually good advice. It would be nice to have a resource with some industry credibility and authority.

I’m a big fan of TOH and like to see their woodworking bits. I’ve been really happy lately now that their adding New Yankee Workshop to their video catalog.

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#5 posted 06-13-2018 06:03 PM

I don’t find the Woodsmith Shop PBS show or their website videos to be very useful. Their designs are often overdone, and even their shop projects are about twice as complicated (and twice as heavy, and twice as expensive) as they need to be.

I like Marc Spaguolo’s videos, and I’ve purchased guild projects from him before. They’re very well done. Check out his free videos.

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#6 posted 06-13-2018 06:45 PM

I think watching their videos while trying to work in the shop could be dangerous due to the hazard of falling asleep mid-video. I’ll stipulate that any woodworking TV is better than no woodworking TV, but I almost never get through their episodes in one try, I always nod off…

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 06:46 PM



I like Marc Spaguolo s videos, and I ve purchased guild projects from him before. They re very well done. Check out his free videos.

- jonah

Marc is one of the few “YouTube” shows I like. He seems to know his stuff and seems up front about what he’s advertising versus genuinely recommending. I’ve been thinking of picking up his book also.

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 06:56 PM

I’m with Jonah. In the spectrum of woodworking advice, I put Woodsmith in the lower half.

If you want an excellent class on building cabinets and furniture, check out Charles Neil’s youtube series on building a pie safe. It doesn’t matter that you don’t want to build a pie safe. What you’ll learn watching these videos is applicable to any project from cabinets to furniture and more. Here’s the link to the series:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZzO_zGEmte_ML9KJpJwa-v9pYhIvqFqP

The bottom line is, there’s a ton of good info out there for free, and if you’re going to pay for something, be sure it’s good. For example, Popular Woodworking Magazine videos are excellent with top teachers. It’s $20 a month, and you can probably watch all you want in a month, so it’s cheap.

Names to look for:
Wood Whisperer
Charles Neil
Glen Huey
Frank Klausz (the Morimoto of woodworking)
...and many more you’ll stumble across.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#9 posted 06-13-2018 07:03 PM


Marc is one of the few “YouTube” shows I like. He seems to know his stuff and seems up front about what he’s advertising versus genuinely recommending. I’ve been thinking of picking up his book also.

- AM420

His Hybrid Woodworking book is excellent and he’s mentioned his upcoming book on Instagram. I’m not sure what it’ll be all about. I’d skip his finishing book and go for the real pros like Bob Flexner, Jeff Jewitt, Teri Masaschi and Tim Inman.

Also, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, all 12 seasons of The Wood Whisperer are available there for free.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#10 posted 06-13-2018 07:09 PM



I don t find the Woodsmith Shop PBS show or their website videos to be very useful. Their designs are often overdone, and even their shop projects are about twice as complicated (and twice as heavy, and twice as expensive) as they need to be.

I like Marc Spagnolo s videos, and I ve purchased guild projects from him before. They re very well done. Check out his free videos.

- jonah

Jonah, interesting and true. But that is what I DO like about them. Quality, overbuilt, and more technical than necessary. If I was cranking out furniture there would be simpler designs to get the job done. But the craftsmanship and technics are what I care about. I like the project videos for the bits of information or techniques you can learn in them.

Marc’s stuff is great. Best overall resource IMO.

-- I think foosball is a combination of soccer and shish kabobs.

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#11 posted 06-13-2018 07:10 PM


Also, if you re an Amazon Prime member, all 12 seasons of The Wood Whisperer are available there for free.

- Rich

Thanks for the tip, had no idea!

-- I think foosball is a combination of soccer and shish kabobs.

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#12 posted 06-13-2018 07:58 PM

William Ng’s videos are very good, too.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdLKZkv7kY0Ov5RxjyrZAw

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#13 posted 06-13-2018 09:10 PM

I used to watch the woodsmith episodes on tv and 95% of the time i would fall asleep during the show.

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#14 posted 06-13-2018 09:27 PM

The Woodsmith guys know what they’re doing so you can definitely learn from them. They have their own style and are probably the most engineering minded of the woodworking magazines and use a mostly power tool approach. They are methodical, dry and speak slowly. The quality of their plans and instructions are outstanding.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 06-13-2018 09:59 PM

I would watch a few episodes on PBS and decide from there. Their plans are excellent with incredible detail, so yes you can learn a lot of woodworking from them.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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