54 – Woodworking 101 FREE ONLINE COURSE LESSON 1 Part 1 of 8 The Circular Saw

54 – Woodworking 101 FREE ONLINE COURSE LESSON 1 Part 1 of 8 The Circular Saw

This is the first video in our free 16 week woodworking 101 online course.

Lesson number one is a basic introduction to the tools needed for woodworking. Since it is a long video we have broken it down into 8 conveniently short parts.

This segment covers the circular saw.

This is a specifically designed curriculum created to teach all of the essentials of woodworking to take someone with no knowledge to the level of a moderately experienced woodworker. The entire course is free and will be posted online. During the course we will also be practicing our newly developed skills by building projects. We will provide plans for all course projects free on our website.

The course will cover a comprehensive introduction to all necessary woodworking tools, lumber selection, adhesives, joinery, building methods, styles, sanding, finish prep, final finish, and much more…

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Woodworking 101
Handheld Power Tool List

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Circular Saw and Accessories
DeWalt Circular Saw https://amzn.to/2JkScnC
Circular Saw Blades https://amzn.to/2KgxE0S
Clamping Straight Edge Saw Guide https://amzn.to/2Jj6o0i

Drills, Impact Driver and Bits
DeWalt Cordless Drill and Impact Driver Kit https://amzn.to/2HmUH8d
DeWalt Hammer Drill https://amzn.to/2JhzUDS
Square drive bits https://amzn.to/2KeCSKx
Torx drive bits https://amzn.to/2I2ur4s
Phillips drive bits https://amzn.to/2FgckVF
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Brad point drill bit set https://amzn.to/2vOgKmX
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Countersink drill bit https://amzn.to/2GG4nKB
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Self centering Vix bit https://amzn.to/2KaP2nL

Router & Bits
Bosch Plunge Router kit http://amzn.to/2F2GNYl
Trim Router https://amzn.to/2r0ixjq
Roundover router bit https://amzn.to/2r1dUp9
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Straight cutting router bit https://amzn.to/2Fl57DO
Pen needle oiler for ball bearings https://amzn.to/2FiVhC3

DeWalt Jigsaw https://amzn.to/2Hl5DYd
Bosch Jigsaw Blade Kit https://amzn.to/2HqM1h5

Sanders and supplies
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6” Random orbit sander https://amzn.to/2HZtv0x
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Bar clamps http://amzn.to/2BEdRVd
Bessey Parallel clamp kit https://amzn.to/2Hx75T9
Quick clamp squeeze clamp kit https://amzn.to/2JsVmpz

Other hand tools
Japanese Dozuki saw http://amzn.to/2B5lP8P
Wood Rasp (multi-purpose 4 way) http://amzn.to/2BO0q3e
Wood rasp kit https://amzn.to/2HromkQ
Bench Chisels Wood River 6 piece set (the set I use) http://amzn.to/2EyMNIy
Low Angle Jack Plane http://amzn.to/2DWh6Yf

Measuring, marking and layout tools
Digital calipers http://amzn.to/2iETZvM
Woodpeckers Square http://amzn.to/2DfgEV1
Machinists try square https://amzn.to/2Hte5Ap
Combination square https://amzn.to/2r1D9aH
Small steel ruler https://amzn.to/2KgiKHJ
Large steel ruler https://amzn.to/2vKjoKB
Marking knife https://amzn.to/2HYQWXI
Dixon Ticonderoga pencil https://amzn.to/2Jtjd8e
Fat Max 6’ Measuring tape https://amzn.to/2I1OQGD
Dewalt 9’ Measuring tape https://amzn.to/2r0ptwY

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  1. Make Brooklyn on January 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Nice, looks like it’ll be a great series!

  2. WB Fine Woodworking on January 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Excellent tutorial James. I’ve been using a circular saw for as long as I can remember and never noticed the set screw for adjusting for perpendicular. After checking both of my saws I discovered that the old Black and Decker circular saw doesn’t have one while my new Craftsman does.

  3. Eddie Stipe on January 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    James and Mira, thank you for a great video. I have been doing woodworking for several years and going back to basics is great. You refresh my memory on some of the features of the circular saw that I have forgotten. It is always good to review once in a while. Looking forward to more videos, thank you so much for doing this.

  4. Harrison on January 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Great job. Loving the video series.

  5. Kyle Cooper on January 16, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for the video James. I keep a piece of wood cut to the exact width between the blade and edge of the table. That way I don’t have to rely on math to get my cut perfect I just quick clamp down my width jig directly on my cut line and then put my straight edge clamp right up to the job. It saves just a bit of time and I don’t have to rely on math.

  6. Stephan Brun on January 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Excellent idea. This is a tool that’s easily bought, but the possibilities not too easily known. I remember my father was terrified of using one he bought when I was a child. He never brought it out, and essentially restricted himself to the slower hand tools. Which was thoroughly weird to me. I asked to use it once, but was refused, lol. Likely he was as unfamiliar with what jigs could be made as I was.

  7. murdog04 on January 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    James, as always I love your stuff. You are always the consummate professional. Thanks for all your hard work marketing this awesome hobby/profession of woodworking.

  8. Anton Leimbach on January 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Great video, as a new woodworker i appreciate the knowledge!

  9. Brady Fowler on January 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Great video as always. It is very well put together and informative for newbies as well as the people that have been around.

  10. Can Do on January 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    It’s funny that I should watch this video on the same day I had to instruct a new helper on how to safely use a circular saw, and with the exact same model of saw too. If I may, I"d also like to add to your fine tutorial re: blade depth adjustment (10:50 in the video) that this particular saw, as well as many others have a blade guard design that will not allow the guard to open fully unless the depth setting is within a reasonable setting to the thickness of the material being cut. This causes the saw to not be allowed to move forward, or excessive pressure is required in order to do so.
    PEOPLE: If it is difficult to complete your cut then something is wrong! STOP! Then find out what is wrong and correct it before attempting to cut again. Whether it be a dull blade, a foreign object, incorrect setting or misalignment with the cut line, correct the problem before proceeding! You should never have to muscle your saw through the work!
    Great job on the video series James and Sai. I know it’s going to be great and wish you best of success with it.

  11. Danny Dodge on January 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you Master James and Family. I’m taking it all in. I personally didn’t need a course on the circular saw, however, I watched it in its entirety waiting for that trick of the trade that the common woodworker wouldn’t know unless they actually worked as a cabinet maker. Thank you again in advance for the complete and FREE beginners guide to woodworking. I’m looking forward to the lessons.

  12. chris woollen on January 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm


    Thanks so much for this series! Everyone is at a different skill level but we all had to start somewhere! Keep up the great work and love seeing your family included

  13. that_guy_right_there _ on January 16, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Not gonna lie. I did learn a few things and tricks.

  14. Ethan Harding on January 16, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Hi James, always loved your videos, always excellent craftsmanship, but especially appreciate the time you’ve taken to make videos for newbies, like myself!

  15. Learn Drawing on January 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for your lesson

  16. Michael C Lusk on January 16, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Great job James, Ty…

  17. Jim Dockrell on January 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Good to see you spreading the knowledge James.

  18. Tom Timmons on January 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks Jim

  19. Mark Harris on January 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I have a 4 feet spirit level that I use as my straight line and speed square for my 45° cut. Great video though, thank you and it’s great to see a true family business.

  20. Luis Camas on January 16, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Great Video James As always! Thank you for your hard work!

  21. jajablonsky on January 16, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Nice job James. I am looking forward to this course as all of your videos are fantastic.

  22. Lingerffxi on January 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Nice job. More about safety. Too many internet lessons forget safety. Ben Crowe is the worst at it.

  23. John Bennett on January 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    You need to try Ridgid. Lifetime warranty even on the batteries.

  24. Harry M on January 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    looks like that 16-week course fizzled out…

  25. Riki Wilson on January 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Just watched this, this is absolutely fantastic! I’m a complete beginner to Woodworking and i cannot wait to watch the rest of the course and follow along 😀 Thanks so much for doing this!

  26. Michael Grotowski on January 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Excellent video and content. Thank you soooo much for doing these videos!

  27. E.D Bogan on January 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks for offering to share what you’ve learned. I can tell already this course will be informative and with your daughters entertaining as well.

  28. Dr pathos on January 16, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Great tutorial. I hope you can take it further through joinery, sanding, staining, basic building techniques. You have a wonderful teaching style and it’s kind of neat that you have involved your family as well. Best regards, Dave

  29. D T on January 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Just found your channel and I love it. I’m in Northern Colorado and Love wood working.

    Do you ever talk about your table saw and blades for it? Type, how long you use a blade, etc…

  30. Grandpa's Gaming on January 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you, thank you!!! I am really excited about these videos/classes!!!!!

  31. Dale Williamson on January 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    This is AWESOME James, thank you for doing this. Looking forward to the next lesson.

  32. wildbattlechicken on January 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I’m just getting started in wood working and am looking forward to each video.

  33. Hassan Al-Mosawi Al-Mosawi on January 16, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks, for sharing and showing that

  34. Sean Talbot on January 16, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you James 🙂

  35. Hashim Puteh on January 16, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks James… your explanations are easy to learn… Good work

  36. oned4metwo on January 16, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    James, thank you for the effort you put into this project. It’s also nice that I haven’t had to plunk down money right up front. I’m retired on limited income. I’ll use the affiliate links as much as possible.

  37. Morris Olmsted on January 16, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you so much for the passing of knowledge of woodworking. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching every video you have put out. Your tutorials have been so helpful with my own progress into woodworking. Thanks again.

  38. Steven Kofoed on January 16, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks James and Sai. Your show is the best on you tube. Thing were explained well. I can’t wait for the next one! Keep up the good work.

  39. Doug Harris on January 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    How about the type of marking tool. Mainly the thickness of the mark.

  40. glenn anderson on January 16, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    James, this like all your videos looks like its going to be highly informative with lots of useful info. While I am not new to woodworking I have no doubt that I will pick up something new. Thanks for your efforts to make this possible.

  41. Ramon Weijers on January 16, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I enjoyed the video alot. Thank you for making this effort. What I did miss in when you talk about measuring the distance between the blade and the edge of the table, is that this distance may vary between blades. I’m lucky to own a Festool tracksaw, but found out that the anti-splinter edge on the track didn’t work as good as it should. This prooved to be because I trimmed this edge with a Festool blade installed, but most of the time I use other brands which have a slightly slimmer kerf.

    But keep it up, I’m looking forward to watching the other episodes!

  42. Holly Smith on January 16, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Great information I think this is the first video I have ever seen going into detail on the circular saw. It made me a lot less intimidated to use one.

  43. walter Morgan on January 16, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Hi JAMES always watch all your stuff some the best out there. was wondering if your mallet sale is still going on ., thanks walter

  44. Ric on January 16, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Oh man, this is gonna be fun! I appreciate what you do. Thank you!

  45. MK Designs Fine Woodworking and More LLC on January 16, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Great Video James. Really wish I had these types of videos to watch 20 years ago when I started. LMAO. Better late than never, Huh? Keep it up my friend.

  46. Paul lindhag on January 16, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Adding my thanks for your time and explanations! Looking forward to all future lessons

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  48. Daywork11 on January 16, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Great 1st class.

  49. GONZALO RUIZ FELIU on January 16, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Awesome, I’ve literally watched every single video of yours and I am impatient to watch the future ones. Well done

  50. TotallyZen on January 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you sir!