I have been excited to present the various woodworking series with woodworkingmasterclasses.com over the past year. Already the range of projects has become fundamental to the various training sessions members and subscribers on that website undertake. The resulting projects we have made in just six or so months of online broadcast is phenomenal and the YouTube freebies have been expansive too. Judging by the overwhelming response to my personal and increased emails I get, I feel that this past year was a major breakthrough in our efforts to train the new-genre woodworker.
More filming this week – Arts & Crafts Coffee Table
This week the filming concluded the latest sections in the Arts and Crafts Coffee Table series and I am sure that the technical creativity it takes by film editors means many days of edit to get them ready for the remaining weekly presentations they offer. Meanwhile I got to situate the finished coffee table in the living room in White Cottage, Llandygai where my wife happily greeted the new arrival.
Making housing dado joints by hand
When we started the training we made a tool carrier from pine. This covered wood preparation, tool choices, accurate layout and many practical techniques most woodworkers had never seen before. We used through-housing dado joints to make the carrier and it proved a very practical course for everyone to get started with. Beyond that, as part of our free film offering for subscribers to woodworking masterclasses, we came up with projects and techniques that prepare the way for the future projects we would build.
The clock-making series
Reinforcing the first of the three joints, ten hand tool message we’ve taught for over two decades, we created the hanging wall clock and introduced the stopped housing dado joint, which everyone enjoyed greatly. I went on to create some other examples to inspire members with and also encourage people on my blog with too.
New enthusiasm is in one sense the emotion that ensures success to new woodworkers facing a seemingly awkward and often intimidating task. The different projects created a success we knew could work but could only be proven by the results that came from those who actually completed the first box-making course. This has prepared us for the larger dovetailed project which is making the upcoming tool chest. This too will be a major project of substance so I will post soon on the materials so you can start getting the wood together.
Innovation still evolves
Woodworking masterclasses started producing in-depth video instruction to update everyone on just what it takes the get the edge you need in becoming a true artisan in wood. Our micro-bevel saw sharpening (sign in for the free subscription) proved innovative for western sharpening and highly effective in strengthening the tooth and providing a keener, longer-lasting edge to the teeth of western-style rip-cut saws. It did create great a stir for those interested in what many have a made a complex issue. The method I use means anyone anywhere can sharpen a saw for both cross- and rip-cut saws in just a few minutes and so, now what I have learned, developed, invented and mastered through many years of working, research and development is now being used on each of five continents.
Drawings prepare the script for films
All of the projects I’ve designed and made are our advancing strategy for teaching and training began with a drawing of some kind. Line drawings, sketches, orthographic projections. These drawings became our script as it were. We planned and made exactly what we presented to camera a few weeks ago. It is made completely using the hand tool methods we have shown throughout our filming.
As this course continued expanding, so too the woodworkingmasterclasses forum has become increasingly more valuable to its members and the interactive exchanges have resulted in a wealth of informative contribution beyond the expectations of everyone.