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carpentry websiteFew things are as satisfying and relaxing as making something new with your own hands. Programming comes close, at least for me (and I’ve recently offered some tips on learning to code 8 Tried & True Tips For Learning How To Code 8 Tried & True Tips For Learning How To Code Skilled programmers have been in high demand for years now, and it doesn’t look like that demand is about to go down anytime soon. But even if you don’t intend to make a living as... Read More ), but it’s still quite different. Typing just isn’t the same as clamping planks of wood together, drilling holes and watching something you’ve envisioned (or planned out in SketchUp 3D Design for Daily Life: How to Plan a Home DIY Project With Sketchup 3D Design for Daily Life: How to Plan a Home DIY Project With Sketchup Doing a home improvement project on your own isn't always a simple matter. Sometimes it seems simple enough when you get started, but before you know it, you realize that if you had just taken... Read More ) come to life. But where’s a good place to start?

If you’ve never built any furniture before, going out to a hands-on woodworking class in your area might be a good idea. But it’s not your only option – here are some great resources you can learn from even if you don’t have the time or budget to attend a local class.

The Wood Whisperer

I’m going to start with the one I like best. The Wood Whisperer has been around for years now, and offers some truly excellent video content, both paid and free.

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The screenshot above comes from the Wall-Hanging Magazine Rack video tutorial. Like other projects on the site, this one has a stated purpose (building a magazine rack), but that purpose actually serves as a way to demonstrate several useful techniques you can apply to many other projects (using pocket screws, in this case).

The guy behind the videos and the site, Marc J. Spagnuolo, is both knowledgeable and fun to watch. Also, the videos look excellent – the About page includes a bit of information on Marc’s background in tech, which explains that.

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As I mentioned, not all content on the site is free, but there’s more than enough to get you started. And if you prefer YouTube, there’s also a YouTube channel.

Woodworking For Engineers

Next comes Woodworking For Engineers, because I’m pretty sure there are many geeks in the audience. This Canadian website will teach you how to build handy projects such as this stand-up laptop table (Bakari explained why you might want to work while standing From Sitting To Standing While Typing: Why You Need To Change Your Working Habit From Sitting To Standing While Typing: Why You Need To Change Your Working Habit Writing full-time keeps me sitting at a desk nearly eight hours a day. My office chair is not one of those Lexus ergonomic models designed to take away the pain of sitting, and though I’ve... Read More ). One important thing to note here is that the format isn’t video based:

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It’s more of a slide-based approach, where each step gets a single image (quite large) alongside a detailed text explanation with links. This has the advantage of being easier to browse and search through, but obviously, it conveys less visual information than a well-produced video would.

The site does offer some video content, such as these SketchUp tutorials (and you can also find a filmed tutorial at the end of that page). SketchUp is geeky, but that’s not really where the site got its name. If you’re looking to create something other than typical cabinetry or living room furniture, Woodworking For Engineers might be able to spark your imagination with these interesting wooden contraptions. In fact, even if you’re a geek with no special interest in woodworking, you really should check out the binary marble adding machine.

Woodworking For Mere Mortals

Finally, we come to Woodworking for Mere Mortals, a site by one Steve Ramsey. Steve has his own YouTube channel, and he’s pretty entertaining to watch, as you can see on this Valentine’s Day project video:

Woodworking for Mere Mortals, or WWMM for short,  is fairly ad-heavy, but it has an active community of users and has been around since 2010, which is a small eternity in Internet blog terms. The design isn’t exactly astounding, but there’s plenty of information. I like how Steve features his community members in blog posts like this one showing two reader projects.

What’s nice about WWMM is that it’s not entirely project-centric. Some of the updates are just plain fun, and aren’t very serious.

Your Favorites?

Are you into woodworking? Have you used any online resources to improve your skills or get ideas for interesting projects? I’d love to see some of those in the comments, with your own take on what makes those resources special or useful for you. Any recommendations?

  1. Hai Huynh
    July 10, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Download over 16,000 WOODWORKING PLANS at here woodworking2016 .xyz

  2. Hai Huynh
    July 10, 2016 at 2:40 am

    Woodworking guide offers anyone of any skill level the ability to build amazing projects. The guide is extra helpful because it offers more detailed explanations, videos and blueprints then your typical woodworker magazine .

  3. Mac Witty
    February 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I'm not very good at woodworking but like to view tutorials and dreaming ;)

  4. vineed gangadharan
    February 9, 2013 at 6:30 am

    i liked the bit adding machine the most

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