Beginner Woodwork

Best Beginner Projects
  • Meet your instructor, Michael Kehs, and preview the amazing bowls that can be made on a lathe. Then, discover which parts of a tree are ideal for bowl making and venture outdoors with Michael as he harvests the blank for the bowl he shapes in this class.
  • It doesn't take much time or money to make an edge grain (edge grain = just the edge strip of the wood, like the side of a 2 x 4) cutting board yourself. Plus they make awesome gifts for just about anyone old enough to be trusted with a knife.
    Mitch Roberson
  • Mike walks through the steps of creating the first project of the class, a simple bench, and shares his time-saving techniques and tips for measuring and cutting the leg pieces and the two aprons. Learn how to chisel dado joints and lay out and cut notches as you pick up advice for dealing with imperfections in the wood. After all the cuts have been made, assemble the bench and discover ways to improve upon the final product.
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Getting Started
  • Meet your instructor, Andy Rae, and learn about proper bandsaw care and maintenance. See which blades are best for each cut and learn how to make sure your saw wheels are in tip-top shape. Andy demonstrates how to install a blade and adjust the guides for perfect cuts every time.
  • Meet woodworker Dale Barnard, and dive into your first project, a crosscut sled. Dale takes you step by step through the process from cutting all of the pieces to assembly, and offers tips for measuring and making adjustments along to ensure your sled -- and its cuts -- are perfectly square.
  • Meet master woodworker and award-winning author Kevin Rodel as he highlights the valuable techniques you'll learn to use your table saw to its full potential. Get an in-depth look at the major components of a 10-inch table saw and the common types of blades. Kevin also introduces you to a variety of basic cuts.
  • Meet your instructor, professional woodworking teacher Alan Turner, and learn how to properly prepare wood surfaces in advance of finishing. Learn how to sharpen and use a cabinet scraper to smooth surfaces, then pick up tips for sanding, including end-grain, as well as a technique for raising the grain.
Skills to Learn
  • Table Saw Tips & Techniques
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    Meet master woodworker and award-winning author Kevin Rodel as he highlights the valuable techniques you'll learn to use your table saw to its full potential. Get an in-depth look at the major components of a 10-inch table saw and the common types of blades. Kevin also introduces you to a variety of basic cuts.
  • Squaring Jigs
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    Assemble boxes, doors, bookshelves and more with confidence as you learn how to make a squaring jig of any size. See how to measure your jig for square and learn how to make adjustments if it isn't. Then, learn how to clamp these jigs to your projects to bring them into square.
  • Brush-On Finishes
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    In this lesson, you'll experiment with different types of brushes and finishes. You'll learn how to save time and money with brush-on options, compare the pros and cons of different finishes and follow close-up demonstrations for applying and sanding your work.
  • Straight Cuts & Joinery
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    Learn how to make straight cuts on pieces big and small, freehand or with a fence. Andy demonstrates proper and safe techniques for feeding your wood through your saw, no matter the size. Then, see how you can use your bandsaw to create perfect-fitting lap joints and tenons.
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