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Free Online Woodworking School
Matt Estlea’s Free Online Woodworking School covers everything you need to know to get started on the right foot with woodworking. The school includes step by step instructions on a wide variety of topics, while also staying succinct enough to provide strong learning outcomes throughout the course and upon completion.
You will learn fundamental techniques and skills such as:
- Getting razor sharp edges on your planes and chisels
- Setting up tools for optimum performance
- Using tools correctly to ensure effective and accurate usage
- Preparing rough material by hand
- How to cut a range of joints from simple lap joints, all the way to mitred / angled dovetails.
In addition to these core modules, you will also find:
- Tool buying guides
- Material theory lessons
- Guidance on making projects ranging from a simple dovetailed box, all the way to a curved fronted side table with angled drawer fronts!
- Plans for projects
- Downloadable and printable lesson summaries to take the to workshop with you.
At the end of the course, you will have a strong understanding of carcass construction, planning and executing projects, and the confidence to begin designing and making your own furniture using the principles taught in this course. Best of all, it’s free!
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A protrusion stop is an invaluable jig when sharpening as it helps you to save time, effort, and allows you to get back to the fun parts of woodworking.
In this part of the project, I will show you how to attach the back panel of the cabinet to ensure no damage is caused to the edge of the plywood, and the internal faces of the cabinet.
In this lesson, I will show you how to attach the top and bottom of the cabinet. In doing so, I will touch on various points such as flushing off endgrain, drilling holes for screws, and profiling edges.
In this part of the project, I show you how to conduct a dry assembly to ensure the carcass will go together properly. As well as talk you through how to spot and amend potential issues you may face.
In this part of the cabinet project, I will be showing you how to prepare the cabinet for gluing up. We will focus on flushing joinery, pre-sanding inside faces, and will prepare the drawer cavity for a smooth, obstruction free fit.
In this part of the project, we will be focusing on fitting the shelf within the carcass. This will involve some sizing of material and rebate cutting on both sides of the shelf.
In this part of the build, I am going to show you both the power tool and the hand tool method to cut the grooves and the rebates for the cabinet. You will find both videos listed on this page.
In this part of the project, we will begin making the drawer runners to fit within the bottom of the cabinet. This is a great introduction to the glorious topic of wood movement!