Rex Krueger on furniture forensics and traditional woodworking

Rex Krueger on furniture forensics and traditional woodworking

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Rex Krueger a YouTuber, an author, a historian, and a woodworker. Although, we’re going to discover that there is no such thing as a woodworker. He builds mostly traditional furniture in a mostly traditional manner using mostly traditional tools. He’s a leading advocate for ditching power tools and returning to a simpler time of human powered construction.

Rex has made videos showing how to make workbenches, how to use and make traditional hand tools as well as restore them. He has a few furniture projects and some of my absolute favorite videos on YouTube, Furniture Forensics, where he examines an old piece of furniture to reveal telltale signs of how it was built, and why. 

If you’re interested in the history of woodworking and how that can help you to better understand your own woodworking, Rex Krueger is an amazing resource . No tablesaw necessary.  

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  1. Bryan Fulmer on April 17, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    My two favorite channels and people! Thank you both for doing this! I listened to it on Apple Podcast and now just watched a 1 hour long video because it’s you two. Just wanted to thank you both for doing this!

  2. Ian on April 17, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    I do use a few power tools but I much prefer hand tools, they’re less noisy and far less risky to use.

  3. fritz4345 on April 17, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    I really enjoyed this discussion. Thank you.

  4. Doug McOwen on April 17, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    This was a great interview. It definitely flew by so fast.

  5. הראל חיים on April 17, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Good review!! You both are the most influencing woodworkers/ teachers who have impacted my love to woodworking!!!! You the first with power tools and Rex is the first with hand tools!! You have both open a gate for me, and i think that you are so good at what you are doing: you love what you do and it shows, you making woodworking sane and affordable ( from the opposite sides if woodworking) and you both known how to deliver your content in a simple, clear and light approach!

  6. Layne In Chains on April 17, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Rex is such a good dude man… Steve as well…

  7. Paul Rubens on April 17, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    My two favorite wood working youtubers in one place! Great video! Thanks to you both for all your amazing content and this video!

  8. EG Bluesuede on April 17, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    It’s hard for me to tell which I like most…..Steve’s incredible introductions or Rex’s furniture forensic vids. Two of my fave YT channels here together! Thanks Steve!

  9. Bob Schecter on April 17, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Rex’s show is one of my favorites. When I was in apprentice school – a lifetime ago – one of the instructors was insistant that it’s not about the project, it’s about the process. Rex seems to get it.

  10. Donovan C. Young on April 17, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    two of my favorite wood workers, in one place! Christmas came early this year!

  11. Gregory Mize on April 17, 2022 at 6:29 pm


  12. Bike Rob on April 17, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Love Rex because he provides so much history on tools and projects. Great content and great interview

  13. William Valentin on April 17, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Steve, You must continue The Woodworking Talk Show on Youtube. It is an important documentary of woodworking and its proponents at this point in history. It will live on long after you and your interviewees are gone. May I suggest you also interview some youtube wood turners like Carl Jacobson and Sean of Worth the effort to name just two.

  14. Jeff Krus on April 17, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Great Interview!! Yall are both down to earth with no BS.. Yall should do a project together like History of woodworking power tools…

  15. Shaunn Wenig on April 17, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    As always these videos just FLY by. Fascinating conversation as usual.

  16. Dean Bisseker on April 17, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    I built Rex’s English Joiner’s bench…with zero experience and probably few skills…now I’m looking forward to using it.

  17. Paul Castillo on April 17, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Steve and Rex are a great pair of woodworkers whose channels and content is just amazing! Keep it up you two and thank you Steve for bringing Rex on your woodworking show!

  18. Duncan Edwards on April 17, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Real insight into more of Rex’s humble beginnings, look forward to seeing his comparison of very small space woodworking like others do

  19. aron boersma on April 17, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    My two favorite channels in one!!!!!
    Wwmm helped me see how much I love working with wood, Rex helped me learn the philosophy of it, in a way. Love both of your content.

  20. Donovan C. Young on April 17, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    This video made me stop and think about why I enjoy these two content creators so much. Craftspeople such as Paul Sellers, Bourbon Moth, etc. (all of whom I also admire) make me feel as if they’re on a level far beyond anything I can realistically hope to achieve at this point in my life (40+). I sincerely don’t mean this to sound disparaging, as I know both Steve and Rex are true craftsmen, but they present the topic in such a way that feels as if it’s achievable by us, well, mere mortals.

  21. Scott Skaperen on April 17, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Talk to Adam savage of Mythbusters about Japanese joinery. If I were to take a shot in the dark, I would say that the episode of Japanese structures being designed as joinery only to stand up to a level 10 earth quake.

  22. Ryan Love on April 17, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    I’d love a part 2 (or more) on this, you two just get into the weeds of a topic in such a good way. Certainly sounds like you could have kept going for a while hah.

  23. __ on April 17, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    my two favorite woodworking youtubers!

  24. Ken Rusmisel on April 17, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    My Grandfather was a master carpenter and he always said that making mistakes in woodworking were a given what makes you good at it is how well you cover them up.

  25. RCWorks on April 17, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for making this channel. I’m one of those few people who want to watch the entire conversation. I do it in a separate window while I’m doing my crossword.

  26. Dale Walters on April 17, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Growing up in Cleveland the first one of Rex’s video I saw I immediately thought that looks like a Cleveland basement haha