15 woodworking basics you should know

15 woodworking basics you should know

There are basic concepts in woodworking that you just sort of pick up along your journey as a woodworker. Fundamentals that no one really talks about because they’re just so ingrained that they’ve become second nature. Well, today I’m sharing 15 woodworking basics that I think every woodworker should know.

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  1. mrmyturn2 on October 18, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    Excellent vid teacher!

  2. Oldman Pottering on October 18, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share, I learnt some new tips and loved your sandpaper holder 👍, you got a new sub from Australia 🇦🇺

  3. Wendy Smith on October 18, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    fantastic! thanks!

  4. Marc Guinan on October 18, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    Where are your safety shoes?

  5. Azure Hydra on October 18, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks! Very helpful tips. 🙂

  6. Neil Pountney on October 18, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    It never hurts to go over the basics no matter how long you have been woodworking. Nice Video Thank you Marie.

  7. Frank Cherry on October 18, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    I enjoy sanding

  8. john Killen on October 18, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    good presentation

  9. Louis Grant on October 18, 2023 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks. U are the best. U take the guess work out of the basics. Also u are great teacher.

  10. PBS #007 on October 18, 2023 at 9:37 pm

    thanks for all the info.

  11. Dennis on October 18, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    Im jealous of the fact that your stores sell hardwood in substantial dimensions. Here in Sweden all they have is pine and spruce for construction.

  12. 3FROGLTD on October 18, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    Very good concise review of wood, safety and tool use. You should use your "to the point" style and expand to showing basic techiques and uses of the most common power and hand tools used for woodworking. Also really like your miter saw dust enclosure. Do you have a video on making it?

  13. Kyle Olson on October 18, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    This is mostly good starter tips, but I would say:

    At the beginning you suggest you should strengthen a joint with a biscuit joiner. This isn’t a great idea. The traditional biscuit joiner helps align boards but doesn’t provide the mechanical strength to improve the joint. It’s not much stronger than the butt joint. There are more expensive Joiners like the Lamello which can accomplish this and do some other fancy connections, but these aren’t the biscuits you show here.
    (And interestingly enough a proper butt joint isn’t as weak as people think, but it’s still weak compared to even the easiest of other joints, and that’s only if you do it properly. A butt joint that’s not perfectly connected is nearly worthless, and the butt joint has no way to help you get connected better).

    Once you get used to it, changing the blade on a SawStop is easy. (Eventually even switching brakes is easy) If you’re ripping thick wood on the table saw I strongly recommend getting a Ripping blade and having it ready. Your life will be easier.

    I would also say with the measuring that if you’re still working on the final measurements, and if it’s possible, it’s better to error on the side of leaving too much material in a cut than too little. You can almost always cut more after a cut, but you can never cut less. If you’re using a tool which allows you to adjust and repeat, like a miter saw with stops, you should almost certainly take what you think is right and add just a little bit extra in case the fit is bad.

  14. Juan Gómez Fuentes on October 18, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    3:50 You guys need the metric system so bad…..

  15. Erik Taylor on October 18, 2023 at 9:43 pm

    Hi, I like the power drill cabinet with the bit slots built into the lower left corner. Where can I get something like it?

  16. Michael Bradford on October 18, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    Leaving an X on the waste side leaves a mark on a piece you will use later and there’s a bigger chance of making a mistake when you come across it. When working with someone who’s cutting for you the X tells him that you want that portion of the board.

  17. Sophiame on October 18, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    Hello am a woman, and I want to learn carpentry work but I don’t have all these machines tools you have all I have is a hammer, saw and a measuring tape

  18. Anthony Nwalor on October 18, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    As someone who is getting into woodworking I can relate to making some of the ‘do not dos’ you mentioned here. I learnt some good lessons from this video. Thanks.

  19. Michael Quigley on October 18, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    Hi have you worked with bandsaws.🤒

  20. §ðrshår Åhmêð on October 18, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    To the point tips. most of the tips were new to me.
    Lots of love from Pakistan.

  21. Ellie Johnson on October 18, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    As someone who has only taken woodworking in a highschool class, I’m really happy with how much of this I knew. I guess that class was informative after all

  22. Daniel Cotnoir on October 18, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    The dramatic reenactment of the kickback effect was the most compelling argument for both the need for safety in the workshop and for the support of the arts! Bravo! ❤

  23. scott life on October 18, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    Cut it twice and it was still too short

  24. Tomáš Košik on October 18, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I am sorry but I have to say what is even easier, switching to metric system😅 3:48

  25. Stacks on October 18, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I just finished my first year cabinetmaker apprenticeship in Calgary and this video is amazing for beginners like myself. Awesome to see that you included board feet as well! Cheers.

  26. Jay Medina on October 18, 2023 at 9:53 pm

    Very nice.

  27. weasley313 on October 18, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    its so easy. so 3 foot by 3/4 foot by 1/12 foot board you just neet to translate to inches. so its 36 x 8 x 1 and divide that by 144 …… laughs in metric

  28. Marc de Broin on October 18, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    Fantastic video. It brought me back when I worked in a woodshop in the 1980’s. I particularly enjoyed the security part. Keep up the good work.

  29. nicholas schrader on October 18, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    OK reality check your a fake comerical channel guess how I know. you have the same "garage Door" as other channels. second. there is no saw dust anywhere everything is placed perfectly no shop does that, no the last, the windows on the garage door are fake, because thats just pics of trees outside and not actual trees being seen thru the windows. How do I know that , because there is a reflection of a shop light on the window which would not occur if the window was clear glass. AHHHH DUHHHHH

  30. Vladimir Putin on October 18, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    Cold and dry? Yeah, not here in Florida.
    (We’ve had a bunch of 2x4s next to our shed for years and it’s still like we just picked it up from Lowe’s 2 weeks ago)

  31. Rudi Wortmann - OOAK One Of A Kind - Ireland on October 18, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    180-220 = 50%?

  32. Kamal wood door on October 18, 2023 at 9:58 pm


  33. AsBi Unboxings on October 18, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    can you tell me what causes black patches on wood, i have tali wood and i sand it with angle grinder then i apply the varnish and there are black patches on the wood that don’t look good. how can i remove them and was than caused by the sanding with grinder ??

  34. Shawn Cleland on October 18, 2023 at 9:59 pm

    I miss machines like this. Thank you so much for this amazing look inside.
    Just one thing in Australia we would call the “Shooter” the “Launcher” and the “Return Shoot “ the “Shooter”

  35. Bidkar Salazar on October 18, 2023 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you. Your video was great👍🏻

  36. Ben Grillet on October 18, 2023 at 10:00 pm

    Sorry but I disagree about not wearing gloves when using machines. Dry, dusty hands can easily slip when pushing on smooth timber. I always use close-fitting lightweight rubber dipped gloves for a good grip

  37. Stanichevici Calin on October 18, 2023 at 10:02 pm

    What does "board ft" have to do with the thickness of the board though? That formula can’t be right

  38. nicholas schrader on October 18, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    Your in a studio telling us hat we have known about woodworking from day one. Just a product placement channel.

  39. MonkeySnot on October 18, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    Wait what? I’ve been doing it wrong for years!
    I thought it was measure once, cut twice… ish

  40. Fix and food Gman on October 18, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    Awesome tips thks

  41. A-MAJID (GHANA TRUCKER) on October 18, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    Very educative and simple explanation.thanks. all the way from Ghana.

  42. Riccardo on October 18, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    Tell me you didn’t use the calculator to multiply by 1…………. joking – great video!

  43. nicholas schrader on October 18, 2023 at 10:11 pm

    LOL the chargers behind you . where are the cords?does anyone actually put holes in the wall to send the cords through? no those are props. your in a studio sponsored by companies. nothing more. sponsored channels like this one exist because us REAL woodworkers dont pay attention to details when watching this garbage.

  44. Le Typ on October 18, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    Great summary of a _LOT_ of basics, saving a whole bunch of nerves … and projects! 🏆🙏🏻

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  46. Paul Shri on October 18, 2023 at 10:14 pm

    Subscribed after watching this excellent content 👌

  47. Kamal wood door on October 18, 2023 at 10:15 pm


  48. Dave's RV Channel on October 18, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    :30 fact, wood shrinks when it’s cold.

  49. tyson brown on October 18, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    Get with the times america.
    Use the measurements that make sense, which every other country uses. 😊

  50. Ananta Govinda Das on October 18, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    Great! Thank you!