The Blog

The place where I put the things that don't quite fit into videos.

If you've ever wanted to find out a bit more about what I do, this is the place! Within this blog I've included video summaries, supporting material, progress & plans and miscellaneous bits.

My video summaries are where you can find extra information on my larger YouTube projects. The supporting material tab will help you locate timber suppliers, woodworking courses and other tips, tricks and advice to help you with your woodworking. Progress and plans include progress on projects and yearly reviews while the miscellaneous tab is a little bit more of a mess including all the things that don't fit anywhere else!

So have a read, learn a bit, laugh a bit and if you want to know exactly when new blog posts come out don't forget to join the newsletter by filling in your details with the button below!

  • Video Summaries
  • Supporting Material
  • Progress & Plans
  • Miscellaneous

Matt Estlea

The River Table

The River Table was a project that took so much longer than expected. Thank you so much to everyone for their patience in waiting for this one to come out, it's been a very long 4 months!

Also, a massive thank you to Sara for helping me complete this project after I accidentally killed my previous assistant, Rob.

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Matt Estlea

The Jewellery Box

If you'd like to know more about the viewer designed jewellery box I made. This blog post expands on some of the topics that didn't make the final cut.

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Matt Estlea

Cutting the Worlds Fastest Dovetail

So yea, I only went and bloody did it! I cut a cabinet grade dovetail joint in less than 3 minutes! Filming this video was easily the most mentally and physically challenging thing I've ever done on the channel. And I've built and done some really stupid s*** over the years.

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Matt Estlea

The Amazon Basics Plane

For those of you who are interested to hear my thoughts on the Amazon Basics Plane, as well as other cheap planes in general, this blog post will expand on some of the problems I faced throughout this project.

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Matt Estlea

Should You Get a Bandsaw or a Table Saw?

In this article, I'm going to share my reasons why I prefer a bandsaw as opposed to a table saw. This is not in an effort to persuade or influence you to copy me, I simply want to outline the things you should think about before purchasing either of these machines.

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Matt Estlea

Where To Buy Wood for Woodworking

This map details timber suppliers around the world that provide material for craft based industries. If you believe something is missing from this list, please provide me with a name, postcode and website in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

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Matt Estlea

How To Care For Your Marking Knife

Want your knife to look good as new every time you open the box? This article shows you everything from how the blade was finished, how to refinish it, and how to ensure the blade stays securely fitted.

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Matt Estlea

Targets and Plans For 2021

If you want to know what we have planned this year, as well as where to find it, this blog post will give you an overview of all the things you can expect to see from us.

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Matt Estlea

Why I Started This YouTube Thing

I've recently had some time away from the workshop to reflect on the real reason why I do what I do. I figured getting it down on paper (or screen) was probably the best way to brain vomit all of these thoughts into one place, while also giving you guys something potentially interesting to read. If you're looking to learn something about woodworking, this post isn't the right place for you.

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Matt Estlea

The Story of My Marking Knives

All the way from initial concept, design, prototyping, manufacturing, and fulfilment. This is the story of how my custom marking knives went from an idea into my head, to a tool that people can use and treasure.

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