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Forum topic by Kreegan posted 10-02-2012 01:45 AM 2562 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2012 01:45 AM

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Hey all,

I’ve been thinking about signing up for Shop Class On Demand, which is Popular Woodworking’s online video streaming service ( Does anyone have any experience with it? The only review I’ve found for it complains that the user didn’t get The Woodwright’s Shop for half price and doesn’t really address the value of the service very much. Have any of you subscribed to it? Did you like it? Was the performance decent? In particular, if you’ve used it on a mobile device like a tablet or cell phone, I’d be very interested in that, since that’s the most likely way I’d use it. Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 10-19-2012 02:29 AM

I’ve never heard of it and based on the responses you received it doesn’t sound lime many other people have either.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 03:29 AM

Basically it’s a streaming video site that contains most of their DVDs and some other misc videos. For instance, there’s a Chris Schwarz “Mastering Hand Tools” series that looks interesting. Steve Shanesy has a lot of turning videos. I’d really like to see the Ron Herman sawing videos they have on there. It’s 50 bucks for a 6 month subscription. I’ll have to wait till next month at the earliest if I want to subscribe. If I do, I’ll make sure to post a review.


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#3 posted 11-02-2012 07:25 PM

Well, I found a 50% off special on this, so I signed up. All I’ve done so far is watch the Ron Herman saw videos, but I learned more about saws and their use from those videos than I have from all the stuff I’ve watched on Youtube. He is extremely knowledgeable and articulate.

The technical performance leaves a bit to be desired. It’s not like Youtube or Netflix that will preload well ahead of where you currently are. It seems to only load a few minute buffer. Unfortunately, this tends to get you in a state where the video consumes the buffer and you have to sit and wait a bit while it loads ahead again. I’m on a fast connection at work, so I know it’s not on my end. I’m watching the hour and 20 min Ron Herman saw sharpening video now and have had to stop and wander off for a few minutes several times while the next bit loads. You definitely can’t just sit and stream longer videos all the way through without stopping.


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#4 posted 11-03-2012 02:14 AM

In real life I watched a guy attack an expensive kitchen with a giant handsaw to install it as per his specifications and will remain somewhat suspect on “how to” videos but I will confess to watching a bit a bit of “you tube”, just wish I would have video taped the hand saw massacre

Videos can be very helpful, just too bad there so may self professed videographers who take up perfectly good band width to demonstrate what little they know.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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