Learning Basic Woodworking Techniques

This Free Woodworking course teaches basic woodworking techniques to ensure your tools work exactly as intended. You will learn fundamental techniques such as:

  • How to get a razor sharp edge on a chisel
  • How and why we produce a camber when sharpening plane blades
  • How to setup planes for optimum cutting performance
  • How to use planes, chisels, saws and marking gauges effectively

The course also includes buying guides for those who are unable to choose between various types, brands, and shapes of tools.

By the end of the course, students will have a set of sharp tools that are ready to be used on upcoming projects as well as an understanding of maintaining, use and care.

If you’re fed up of your tools not working as intended, this free course will help you get started on the right foot.

How To Use a Hand Plane

How To Use a Hand Plane

In this video, I show you how to Plane Correctly. Specifically addressing stance, pressure and placement of the plane. This is not a video on How to Sharpen a Plane or How to Setup a Plane. So if you haven’t already seen those videos, I would definitely recommend you watch them first.

How to Use a Saw Correctly

How to Use a Saw Correctly

In this video, I show you how to saw correctly. This is an essential skill to have under your belt especially when hand cutting joints.

The points made in this video are from my own observations while teaching students, as well as extra tips learnt from the various tutors I have been fortunate to study with over the years.

If you want to know more about the saws I own, have a look at my saws on kit.

How to use a Chisel Correctly

How to use a Chisel Correctly

The chisel. A deceptively simple tool to use. I’ve seen many people butcher their work as a result of not being able to use a chisel correctly, and it usually comes down to a small number of reasons. In this video I give you some very simple tips to make your chiselling cleaner, more accurate, and require less effort.

If you want to know more about the chisels I am using, have a look at my chisels on kit.

How to Setup a Hand Plane

How to Setup a Hand Plane

In this video, I show you how to Setup a Plane in order to produce beautiful fine shavings and a nice, smooth finish on your work. Although this isn’t the only method of setting up a plane, this is an essential skill that every woodworker should be able to do regardless of their type of work.

If you want to know more about the planes I own, have a look at my planes on kit.

How to Sharpen a Plane Blade

How to Sharpen a Plane Blade

This lesson will show you how to produce an extremely sharp plane blade. In addition to showing you the method of sharpening a plane blade, we also cover topics such as sharpening stones, different grades of abrasives, and sharpening equipment.

At the bottom of the article, you will find a printable version of this lesson to take to the workshop with you. Perfect for those who have a bad Wifi connection or don’t want to read from a screen.

How To Sharpen a Chisel

How To Sharpen a Chisel

Sharpening is a topic that causes full blown wars, especially in woodworking forums and comment sections. But the fact of the matter is, if you can produce sharp edge in less than 30 seconds, you’re onto a winner. These notes cover everything you need to know to cut through the noise and produce a super sharp edge quickly and consistently. At the bottom of the page, you will also find a downloadable summary of this lesson as well as a buying guide.