5 Beginner Woodworking Tips I Wish I Knew Sooner

5 Beginner Woodworking Tips I Wish I Knew Sooner

5 Woodworking Tips I Wish I Knew When I Was A Beginner
When I was getting started i thought it would be years until i knew how to build like the pros. I found a few tips over the years that have helped me get better faster, and solve some basic beginner problems.

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10 Must-Have Tools For Beginner Woodworkers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eFeB2fTiQY&list=PL6r_4s0L34MOatqBrrme7V4ckTsh5ZQm6

5 EPOXY Tips I Wish I Knew As A Beginner! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG9mr95od24&list=PL6r_4s0L34MOatqBrrme7V4ckTsh5ZQm6

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  1. Aaron Johnson on May 9, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Love the jointer hack

  2. Tools Zone on May 9, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Great tips. Really helpful.

  3. Matt Rowe on May 9, 2023 at 10:27 am

    When you remove the messing about, jokes and general on camera entertainment, videos like this really highlight just how good of both a craftsman and teacher you are. Would love to see more of these.

  4. Alex Sidorov on May 9, 2023 at 10:29 am

    AMAZING Keep them coming, Thanks man

  5. CT Lin on May 9, 2023 at 10:31 am

    Thx for the tips~~~~~

  6. ken erickson on May 9, 2023 at 10:32 am

    I’ve found that Costco sells blue tape at about half the price of hardware stores.

  7. Jack Gemmer on May 9, 2023 at 10:36 am

    Very well done. Great job

  8. Steven Moritz on May 9, 2023 at 10:38 am

    John, What a great video. Thanks again for these tips. I really enjoy watching your videos. Looking forward to your next build.

  9. 2012Viking on May 9, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the great tips. I didnt go through all the comments so this may have been asked already… Does using your sander on wet glue not gum up the paper and or velcro pad under the paper? If it gums up just the paper, I can deal with that but if it gums up the velcro, thats an issue??? Thanks in advance to anyone who answers.

  10. Josh Harding on May 9, 2023 at 10:40 am

    I’d like to hang out with John for a day before my days are over. Such a great guy.

  11. Michael on May 9, 2023 at 10:41 am

    beginers tips, spend a few hundred $ on a jointer, if that doesn’t work spend some more on MDF and a planer.

  12. Troy Bayham on May 9, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Sander and glue question. Has this ever damaged your sanding pad? Seems like a great idea, but I’m concerned it will damage my sander.

  13. Carl C on May 9, 2023 at 10:41 am

    I do the jointer trick except I label each joint ‘I’ or ‘O’, meaning in and out in reference to the fence. Just easier for me but yes, same concept.

  14. B Van Glorious on May 9, 2023 at 10:43 am

    So the tip to using an undersized jointer to face plane a wider board…is to not use a jointer.

    Just use your planer. Got it. 🙄

  15. Paul Frederick on May 9, 2023 at 10:43 am

    The low angle light is a good tip. Another thing I do is I wipe work down with mineral spirits to give me an idea of what it’ll look like finished. You have to look while it is wet and has a sheen. Plus you’re cleaning your work before you finish it too. Raising the grain, etc. It’s saved me from putting a finish on some work before it was ready.

  16. johnnyb95678 on May 9, 2023 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for the great tips! Always appreciate you thinking of us and sharing your knowledge. Thank you!

  17. David Cunningham on May 9, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Somebody bought stock in blue tape!

  18. UnjustifiedRecs on May 9, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Don’t spend 60 dollars on a dowel jig, it’s just holes in metal, just make your own, I made one about 10 years ago and still use it now

  19. Erik Granqvist on May 9, 2023 at 10:48 am

    A tip I have found good, with my bad shoulders: think ahead about how you will move around, and how you lift/carry stuff. It can really make a difference both in safety and in how tired you get.

  20. PoundfoPound Rodriguez on May 9, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Been woodworking for some time now and I never considered sanding wet glue. I’m still weary Lol but it totally makes sense!

  21. SNYDERHAUS on May 9, 2023 at 10:49 am

    For the joining piece.. I just go to each seam and write I and O on them. I (in) faces the fence, O (out) faces away from fence. Makes it a lot easier to keep your head on straight when there’s a lot of boards and big glue jobs 👌

  22. Aaron O'Connor on May 9, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Great jointer tips

  23. theheckenspooker on May 9, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Dude, this was a great 101.
    From someone who is very much learning, these tips seem so amazingly helpful!

  24. Taylor Barton on May 9, 2023 at 10:50 am

    I’m a new one but wanna challenge you. I think I could somewhat handle my own lol I have faith in me!!!

  25. John McCarthy on May 9, 2023 at 10:50 am

    One of the best woodworking videos I’ve seen in a while! Some legitimately new, helpful stuff. Thank you John!

  26. Peter Fitzpatrick on May 9, 2023 at 10:50 am

    I’m thinkin you’ve bought shares in BlueTape Inc. 😂

  27. Derek Barnard on May 9, 2023 at 10:52 am

    I noticed you have a 49 star American Flag in your shop…pretty unique and old.

  28. Alex Reid on May 9, 2023 at 10:52 am

    3:04 “…and you don’t have to invest in a silly pocket hole jig”
    Think I’m missing someone here. Can someone please explain why being able to make plugs replaces the utility of a pocket hole jig? Appreciate you taking the time to do that if you don’t mind. Thank you.

  29. Old Top on May 9, 2023 at 10:53 am

    Joining the edges like that is a technique I use when using a joiner plane. If I only have two boards to do, I use the hand plane versus rolling my joiner out and setting it up (small shop). Your blue tape for dovetails though….that’s money right there! I’ve always done them by hand, and my eyes aren’t what they used to be. This will definitely help!

    Love the flags on your walls brother.

  30. Keith T Jenkins on May 9, 2023 at 10:55 am

    Still wanna know what happened to Sam and Jordan – did you feed them to a wood chipper?

  31. Robert Morris on May 9, 2023 at 10:59 am

    Outstanding! CA glue and blue tape make life in the shop so much easier!

  32. Aisaaax on May 9, 2023 at 11:01 am

    I’m not a woodworker, but this seems to be an amazing video full of simple but useful tips.

  33. Ben Haug on May 9, 2023 at 11:02 am

    I invented most of these tips.

  34. Doug Heinen on May 9, 2023 at 11:04 am

    Great tip @ 15:50 about sanding wood dust into glue to fill gaps. John’s absolutely correct about standard woodworker’s glue (PVA glue) not accepting stain, but if you use hide glue it CAN be stained, unlike regular PVA glue.

  35. Vickie Bligh on May 9, 2023 at 11:05 am

    This is excellent, John. These were great tips. I love that you showed a piece of Olivier Gomis. That kid is awesome.

  36. Travis Beckon on May 9, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Is there a difference betwen bue and green tape

  37. Simon srb gates & fencing on May 9, 2023 at 11:07 am

    Looking for a professional sander after using the dewalt for years now starting with issues in my hands from the vibration.
    Would you recommend the MIRKA?
    Cheers simon
    From the UK

  38. Silent Hill on May 9, 2023 at 11:08 am

    For beginning wood workers…..uhhh….that own Jointers…. lol

  39. John Sanford on May 9, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Good tips. I’d add one thing on the sanding the glue. That disk is going to get gummed up quickly with glue which will heat cure very quickly, hosing it’s future performance. So either make sure you’re using a sanding disk that is about dead, or know that the disk is going to be compromised, i.e. it’s consumable nature is being realized at an accelerated rate. (ooooh, fancy words!)

  40. Exotic Tones on May 9, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Good stuff john.

  41. Mr4banging on May 9, 2023 at 11:09 am

    HELL YEAH !!

  42. Andrew Erickson on May 9, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Video should have been called "blue tape woodworking tricks" lol….love all you do John!

  43. Alisha dash on May 9, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Very nice sir… That was great work..

  44. DHJags1982 on May 9, 2023 at 11:14 am

    That was a great bonus tip for when you have a board that is larger than your jointer. My mind was blown 🤯

  45. Andrew Adar on May 9, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Dude that sanding filler tip – youre a magician!

  46. Derek Dean on May 9, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Woodworking lesson.
    If you can do it by hand. You are doing it the best way it can be done.

    That doesn’t mean the fastest or easiest. But if you can do it by hand, then every other way of doing it is easier to implement and understand.

    Surfacing. Jointing. Cutting. Dovetails. Mortise and tenon. Whatever it is. If you can do it by hand. Every other way is easier.

    Picking lumber is huge. Get the best piece you can find saves you time and energy down the road. It’s always going to be more attractive. It’ll be easier to work with etc. take time. Find the best pieces you can. Whether it’s a stack of pine or walnut. All the same.

    The most important things to sort out, dust collection. Figure that out. Whether that’s a mask or a extractor, whatever. Have a plan and keep it clean.

    Figuring out how to do everything with joinery. No metal. Once you learn that, everything is easier. That doesn’t me forgo screws all the time. Which is silly with cabinets. But you learn how to cut grooves, dados and whatever else with what you own. You’ll rarely use pocket holes. Or anything involving screws.

  47. Hunter Allen Robinson on May 9, 2023 at 11:17 am

    @John Malecki where can I get those Ron Swanson portraits you have in the background?

  48. Alex Ricketson on May 9, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Where did you get the Ron Swanson picture?? It’s awesome

  49. king coco on May 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Making money is an action. Keeping money is behavior. Growing money is knowledge.

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