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Forum topic by briankb posted 10-23-2012 03:44 AM 2103 views 2 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2012 03:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: videos woodworking beginner

I searched the forum a few different ways but didn’t see any definitive posts about videos for beginner woodworkers. I finally have the tools I need to make the things I want to build. But I have not had any training with a more experienced woodworker or carpenter.

I would like to find a video series (DVD or Youtube) that will teach me how to do things right the first time. For instance like how to mark and do a good rip cut on the table saw, with adjustments for the blade width (kerf). That’s just one example of course the more interesting things are joinery and routing.

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 10:07 AM

Brian, there are lots of good resources out there, trying to nail all of them down on here is pretty hard, so I will point out a couple.

- Itunes has several woodworking podcasts, both video and audio. Every one I watch or subscribe to is free.

- Youtube has many, many videos on woodworking. There is so much on there, you will need to really define your searches to find what you want.

- Lots of tool vendors also sell video series from many different sources which are useful. For example, check out Lie-Nielsen’s site and you will see a bunch of them. Amazon also has a pretty extensive library of woodworking videos. If you have a Woodcraft or Rockler nearby, they sell some in the stores also.

Lastly, while videos are an invaluable tool for learning and growth, if I had to choose between reading books and watching videos on beginning woodworking, I would take the books any day, every day. Videos just cannot provide the level of detail required for quality instruction that a book can. I have many books on woodworking and several videos. While I find the books’ instruction and education level very high, I find the videos are a lot less so. To me, the videos are more entertaining than they are educational. There is another thing to consider when comparing books to videos: cost. Videos are pretty expensive, especially when considering the information contained in the video. A one hour video covering dovetails will not even come close to the information contained in a book about dovetails. And the book can be had for much less money.

There are lots of video resources out there to meet what you are looking for. There are also many, many books out there for the same. Lots and lots to learn from. Pick your poison, learn, and have some fun.

Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#2 posted 10-23-2012 10:43 AM

“” has some excellent, in-depth videos for all levels of woodworkers to enjoy and improve their knowledge or approach to their endevours.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 11:50 AM

start recording woodworking shows THE WOODSMITH SHOP.THE WOODWRIGHT SHOP. YOU CAN LEARN ALOT FROM THESE GUYS…get woodmag to…


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#4 posted 10-23-2012 02:42 PM

Thanks for the great suggestions.

I found both Woodsmith and Woodwright Shop shows in HD and I setup the DVR to record both series. The first episode is a few days away.

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#5 posted 10-23-2012 03:30 PM

I liked the Fine Woodworking “Getting started in woodworking” video series.


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#6 posted 10-23-2012 07:28 PM

The Fine Woodworking Series is great, just what I was looking for, thanks Rich!

Looks like I need to buy a few hand tools :-)

Does anyone know the brand or type of scribe he was using in Season 1 “Make a Box” episodes? It has a wheel to make a scribe instead of a point or blade.

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#7 posted 10-23-2012 07:38 PM

I don’t know what brand he was using (I haven’t watched the video) but it sounds like you’re describing a wheel marking gauge.

-- Rex

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#8 posted 10-23-2012 07:50 PM

That looks like it exactly! Thanks! The wheel seems better for longer straight marks. I will find a regular scribe as well.

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#9 posted 10-23-2012 07:59 PM

Some people like the wheel marker and a lot of people hate it, it is one of those things that you never know for sure until you try it yourself. Me I don’t like the wheel it just seem to drift a bit to much, but it could just be how I am useing it as well.

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#10 posted 10-23-2012 08:14 PM

SO much to learn! Maybe I will wait until I can visit Woodcraft in Jacksonville and put my hands on one and try it.

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#11 posted 10-24-2012 12:08 PM

the woodsmithshop is great for beginers…simple projects kreg jig..gona need one of them…get the good one…clamps more clamps…then more clamps


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#12 posted 10-26-2012 04:50 PM

I’m a beginner too working on setting up shop now have mostly ancient tools that don’t work yet. If you want a learning buddy I live here in Fort White. Sometimes the best way to learn is to do.

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#13 posted 10-26-2012 05:01 PM

Here are a great series of videos at Woodworking Online – put on by Woodsmith – maybe you already found these, but thought I would put the link just in case.

Click to go to the videos

I also like the videos on The Wood Whisperer as well.


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#14 posted 10-26-2012 06:02 PM

I’ve been watching the Wood Whisperer videos also, especially the ones regarding his shop upgrades. He has one on the table saw sled which is excellent.

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