Best Woodworking Courses

Find the best online Woodworking Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Woodworking Courses.

Learn Affiliate Marketing from A-Z: Beginner To Expert

Learn how to start and succeed with affiliate marketing even if you're a complete beginner!

Created by Juan E. Galvan - Digital Entrepreneur | Marketer | Visionary

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Students: 11862, Price: $89.99

Students: 11862, Price:  Paid

Are you ready to learn how to start and succeed with affiliate marketing even if you're a complete beginner? With Affiliate Marketing, you simply sell other people's products and services without the hassle of inventory, customer complaints or the risk of upfront capital for commissions of 30-90%.

Learn how to get started in Affiliate Marketing with this step-by-step blueprint, where to find companies in every possible niche that are begging to give you money to affiliate market their products, and how to beat out the competition with killer internet marketing techniques.

The Affiliate Marketing Step-by-Step Blueprint solves the following common yet fatal problems hounding both newbie and veteran affiliate marketers:

  • How to pick a highly profitable niche

  • How to pick a conversion platform that will produce the most money with the least effort

  • How to create content your niche audience will actually want to read and share

  • How to select affiliate offers the smart and efficient way

  • How to build an affiliate marketing business that will stand the test of time and fickle consumer trends

  • How to trouble shoot and optimize your affiliate marketing business for increased income

    ... and a LOT MORE!

Fusion 360 For Hobbyists and Woodworkers

Learn by doing! Follow along as Mike teaches you to 3D model five projects from start to finish using Fusion 360.

Created by Michael Moyer - Designer and Fabricator

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Students: 10607, Price: $109.99

Students: 10607, Price:  Paid

This course is designed to teach Fusion 360 in the way that I learn best - with start to finish project tutorials. As a self-taught 3D modeler, I found it difficult and frustrating to understand a tool or process without having any context for when it might be used.

In "Fusion 360 For Hobbyists and Woodworkers" we model five different projects using only the tools necessary for that model. Each project gets progressively more difficult as you build on your newly acquired skills.

Why Learn CAD as a Hobbyist or Woodworker?

  • Use CAD to save time, money and materials.
  • Work from your own plans.
  • "Virtually prototype" your ideas before building them.
  • Design projects for CNC and 3D printing.

Why FUSION 360?

  • Parametric modeling.
  • Design history timeline.
  • Joints and contact sets.
  • CAD and CAM in one.
  • It's FREE!

What TOPICS Are Covered in This Course?

  • 95% in the "Model" workspace.
  • 3D model woodworking and 3D printing/CNC projects.
  • Create plans and technical drawings.
  • Apply materials and appearances to your design.
  • Add functionality to your ideas.

SketchUp for Woodworkers: bring your designs to life in 3D

Learn professional techniques which make even complex projects easy to model in SketchUp.

Created by Simon Rodway - Drawing software professional, designer and journalist

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Students: 3814, Price: $19.99

Students: 3814, Price:  Paid

Let me teach you the basic methods I use in SketchUp as a professional illustrator and designer with 20 years experience in woodworking magazines!

I have drawn thousands of woodworking projects for magazines in the UK, US and Europe, and currently illustrate 2 top UK titles, Furniture and Cabinetmaking and Woodworking Crafts.

SketchUp has been a big part of this process. It is a great drawing program, and although its hard to find, you can still download the FREE version called SketchUp Make.

Just in case you are having trouble finding Sketch Make, the free version you can install on your computer, search for SketchUp Make in Google and follow the instructions. This is a different and much more powerful version of SketchUp to the online browser based SketchUp Free.

Learning the basic tools is just the start though. You can save yourself so much time and effort by using a few simple methods I show you in the course.

Using these techniques, you will find it much easier to design and draw your own projects!

Drawing in 3D can be huge fun, seeing something you have imagined coming to life.

It can also be a bit daunting at first, and without a clear structure to guide you, its possible to get a bit lost. This is why you need my course.

(Update, February 2018: link for students who want to learn basics first added)

DIY Farmhouse Table | How To Refinish Your Dining Table

Give your dining table set a farmhouse makeover with this beginners guide to refinishing your kitchen table and chairs

Created by Home & Havenly - Furniture Restoration Enthusiasts

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Students: 2527, Price: $89.99

Students: 2527, Price:  Paid

Create the dining room you’ve always dreamed of with this simple guide.

By the end of this course, you will be able to refinish a complete table set in any style you want! Whether you have a lot of time on your hands, a busy mom looking to save a few bucks, or just someone who wants a fun and rewarding project to do, this course makes a table transformation easier than ever!

With step by step instructions, full comprehensive video guides, downloadable PDF’s like shopping lists, and easy to follow text lessons, you're going to be serving dinner on your beautiful, restored table faster than you can search countless stores for the right table at the right price!

Remember we are here for you! It can seem a little difficult at times throughout this process, but we want to be able to answer your questions, should they arise.

Woodworking for Beginners

Projects for Beginners

Created by Marcus. R - Woodwoker for Beginners

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Students: 2510, Price: Free

Students: 2510, Price:  Free

If you've ever wanted to get into woodworking but you see that people own tools and equipment costing hundreds and thousands of dollars and you feel intimidated. Well tis course is perfect for you through out the course I will be providing woodworking project which anyone can do no matter your skill level or past experience. I show you step by step what tools you should buy and materials needed, in depth explanation on how to design your workpiece and the right way to then completing your projects.

The thrill of finishing a project no matter of how big or small it is a feeling you can't describe with words. People ask me all the time "hey did you make that" in disbelieve that I was capable of doing such a task and i kindly say back "yes I made that" that right there is one of the many joy in woodworking that you could find by taking the course.

How to Sand Your Wood Floors Easy (Master Class) Sanding 101

In this course will be going over how to properly sand your wood floors. Most projects only take a few days to complete.

Created by Chris Ahl - Experienced instructor

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Students: 2149, Price: Free

Students: 2149, Price:  Free

In this course will be going over how to sand your own wood floors.

It's actually super simple and if you have a few hundred bucks you can rent a machine and do it with ease.

I'm going to be teaching you a step-by-step process how I sanded my own wood floors. We're going to get Hands-On and I'll show you how I do it every step of the way.

We are also going to be applying a polyurethane coating on top of the sanded wood floors.

The hall process from start to finish took about 3 days total.

We'll go over tool list and everything you'll need to do a project like this yourself. It's really a one- person job.

Thank you so much for checking out my course feel free to leave a comment or of you and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Start Designing with the Secrets to Photoshop Design

Photoshop Secrets - Learn the secrets for making beautiful designs, without prior photoshop experience or knowledge.

Created by Manfred Werner - Photographer, Retoucher and Photoshop Instructor

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Students: 1336, Price: $19.99

Students: 1336, Price:  Paid

LEARN THE SECRETS OF PHOTOSHOP DESIGN & MAKE MONEY 

  • MORE THAN 1100 STUDENTS HAVE ENROLLED ALREADY

  • 80 PHOTOSHOP LESSONS " Making Photoshop Design Fun & Easy "

  • LATEST COURSE UPDATE - 15 September 2016

  • 30+ 5 Star Reviews from really happy & satisfied students

  • NEW! Now includes all PSD files & Fonts, and 2 free font library links

  • No Prior Photoshop experience needed "Guaranteed"

  • All future & additional lectures will always be free of charge

  • No illustrator or other software is needed "You only need Photoshop"

  ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH SIMPLE DESIGN STUFF?

  • AND MASSIVELY WANT TO IMPROVE?

  • AND DO IT EASILY AND INSTANTLY?

  • AND WITH NO PRIOR PHOTOSHOP KNOWLEDGE?

  --------------------------- " Then this course is for you " ------------------------------- 

  What This Course Entails: 

                      I will teach you how to get into Photoshop Design; so don't worry if you don't have prior experience with Photoshop or other Plugins. Follow my lead and I'll teach you to be good at it! “Seriously" 

  All my design instructions form part of a comprehensive guide that can help you to accomplish your goals by applying these skills and techniques. During the lesson you get to eavesdrop as I work, giving you some insight as to how I work and what I do. 

  The idea is to make designing fun and easy! "Anyone can do this" 

              Whether you have previous experience with designing or not, it doesn't matter. Apply your knowledge for half an hour a day and you could be making huge improvements or even extra money, just like me. 

  "And I'm not kidding when I say that you need nothing but Photoshop!" 

  All future lectures and upgrades are always included for free. Unconditional Udemy 30-day money-back guarantee - that's my personal promise of your success! 

Here's what you'll learn:

  1. How to create/open a new canvas "To get started"

  2. How to work with only the required Photoshop tools

  3. How to create simple designs and speed up your workflow

  4. How to create your own custom design shapes

  5. A secret for getting simple yet effective looks

  6. Two secrets ways of getting amazing font libraries for free

  7. Tips on how to generate more ideas and creative designs

  8. How to create amazing shapes/objects with no artistic or "design skills" whatsoever

  9. How to design Fun, Corporate, Feminine or even crazy Brands Logos

  10. How to Create a Print Ready business card with your own design

  11. How to create amazing badges from scratch

                      ... and that's just some of the things you'll learn! There are way more and new lessons are always added to the course.

Are you intrigued yet? Keep reading! 

                      As with all my courses: the initial low price will increase shortly. This one is currently $49 and it will soon upgrade to $60 so join in now! "You will have unlimited lifetime access at no extra cost"  Not just that; all future additional lectures, bonuses, etc in this course are always free. 

                      There's an unconditional, no-questions-asked full 30-day money-back guarantee!I'm known for always offering support in Udemy, so feel free to shout out if you're stuck or need assistance. "I'm here to help" 

  One final note: My goal is to teach you how to design anything, so don't stress about not having worked in Photoshop before. "I do my best to make it simple & fun" 

  I've crammed all my design knowledge into over 13+ hours of tutorial lessons! 

              After going through this course you'll be able to apply your new design skills to Photoshop anything and make some extra cash along the way

                      All you have to do is click on the "take this course" button on the top right corner. You have nothing to lose. In fact, you've got a lot to gain. 

                      Thank you, Manni 

Woodworking Tools & Wood – Explained

Tools, Sharpening, & Buying Wood, are all covered here.

Created by Stephen Fawcett - Carpenter & Joiner

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Students: 1239, Price: $19.99

Students: 1239, Price:  Paid

Three sections are covered here. Tools, sharpening them and selecting wood. I will show you what to look for when buying tools whether you buy brand new tools or second-hand tools, there is nothing wrong with second hand tools there is a good market out there. Before buying tools do a lot of window shopping either on the internet or physically going to stores. so how do you know if you are looking at professional tools or cheap tools, one idea is to keep a look out for trade fairs connected with woodwork and tools, you will learn a huge amount by visiting one of these. If you buy new tools they will come with a ground edge and will need sharpening. If you buy second hand tools they may come sharp but they may not. Once they are sharp I will show you how to stay safe and look after them. View some of the amazing tools that are available both new and antique that can take pride of place on your work bench. Now you have bought tools and they are sharp. You need something to work with, I will show you the different kinds of wood, what to look for and what to avoid.

5 Creative Woodworking Projects | Bumper DIY Course

Simple planter, decorative planter, stackable vegetable planter, small aviary (animal enclosure) and bird table.

Created by Mark Shorter - DIY Expert

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Students: 824, Price: $99.99

Students: 824, Price:  Paid

In this bumper woodworking course, you will learn how to build a beautiful bird house, a small aviary (animal enclosure), three wooden garden planters: a simple planter, a more decorative planter and then a stackable vegetable planter.

Develop your skills

We’ll start off learning how to build a simple planter made out of decking boards. This course assumes no prior knowledge, so everything is explained in full and you no DIY experience. Once we’ve created the first planter, we will develop our skills further and apply them in building a much more decorative version of the first planter.

The good thing about both of these planters is that the materials required are relatively inexpensive, and the tools you’ll need can be found in any DIY shop and can be bought without spending a fortune. Because the materials are affordable, the projects in this course are great for developing and improving your DIY skills. The skills you learn can be applied to other DIY projects too.

As well as garden planters, I’ll show you how to build a very simple but very useful stackable vegetable planter. This planter can be completely bespoke, and you can make it as tall or short as you like and arrange it into an array of different designs. I’ve called it a vegetable planter as it is ideal for creating your own home allotment, but it can actually be used for growing anything you like.

If you’d like to welcome more birds into your garden then why not build your own bird table, lavish it with food and watch as your new feathered friends enjoy your handy work.

The final project is the small bird aviary that can also be adapted to house other animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and many other furry or feathered friends.

Budding carpenters

This course is perfect for the complete beginner and is ideal for developing your skills as a DIY carpenter without spending a fortune.

Carpentry: Hand and Power tools

Everyday tools used on the job site

Created by Jeremy Bolduc - Carpenter

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Students: 781, Price: Free

Students: 781, Price:  Free

In this course you will learn what hand tools and power tools that are used by the professionals everyday on the job site.

You will learn how to inspect each tool to make sure it is functioning safely and correctly. It is dangerous to use a broken tool so you will need to know how to inspect it and what to look for.

You will learn how to use most of the everyday construction tools safely. In this course you will learn how to hold the power tools and how to use them in order to minimize any risk of injury.

You will also learn how to build wood scaffolding as well as some other everyday tasks.

Woodworking: Fundamentals of Furniture Making

This extensive furniture making course will help improve skills resulting in rock solid furniture.

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 695, Price: $49.99

Students: 695, Price:  Paid

Tables, chairs and other forms of furniture rely heavily on mortise and tenon joinery, which is at the heart of this Fundamentals of Furniture Making Course. From scaling the joinery to suit your project to producing a perfectly fitting joint, you’ll learn the mortise and tenon joint inside and out, along with other great tips for making rock solid furniture.

Additionally, furniture projects often require solid wood tops, made using edge-to-edge glue ups. Learn the tricks behind jointing perfect edges, getting great color and grain matches in your top, and allowing solid wood tops to expand and contract seasonally.

The Course video instruction, produced in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America, is very detailed, leaving no steps out of the process. In this Course you’ll learn about:

  • Project design

  • Edge-to-edge glue ups for strength and beauty

  • Mortise and tenon joinery

  • Tapering legs

  • Adding decorative accents to furniture projects

Woodworkers Guild of America Instructor George Vondriska, is a firm believer in the adage that form should follow function, and he’ll show you how to add simple details to furniture that take it from boring to beautiful. For example, a simple router bit makes a significant difference in the look of the table rails. Undercutting the edge of the top gives it a lighter look. A slight taper on the legs reduces their bulk. Fundamentals of Furniture Making provides video instruction that makes each of these details easy to do.

In addition to step-to-step video instruction, this Course provides you with downloadable resources and helpful information, including: A complete printable Guide, that is a woodworking plan for the table you’ll build in your own shop while following along with George’s techniques; and source references for any specialized tools used.

Woodworking: Fundamentals of Cabinet Making

This extensive cabinet making course will help improve many aspects of your woodworking skills and add value to any home

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 509, Price: $49.99

Students: 509, Price:  Paid

Master cabinet making, and you open the door to many projects; cabinets for your shop or kitchen, bathroom vanities, book cases, dressers and more. The construction methods used on all of these projects are very similar. This woodworking course provides every detail you need to build quality cabinets in your shop.

Cabinet making projects may appear daunting, but are easy if you break them down into manageable steps, using a logical approach for the building process. This video instruction, produced in conjunction with the Woodworkers Guild of America, teaches you how to do that, and provides the following key information:

  • Designing attractive cabinets

  • Choosing the best material

  • Managing large sheets

  • Dado and rabbet joinery

  • Dimensioning a face frame, perfectly

  • Face frame joinery techniques

  • Calculating door dimensions

  • Cope and stile joints on cabinet doors

  • Accenting cabinets with caps and moulding

It’s the small things that make Fundamentals of Cabinet Making beneficial, with detailed attention paid to each step of the process. You’ll learn to accurately (and easily) set up a stackable dado head, the best table saw blade for cutting sheet goods, face frame tricks, how to make doors on a router table, and more. All core skills that you need to take on cabinet making projects in your shop.

Woodworkers Guild of America Instructor George Vondriska brings many years of residential and commercial cabinet making experience to your Fundamentals of Cabinet Making course. He has, over the years, developed many tips and techniques that streamline the cabinet making process, and he’s ready to teach you all his tricks. From shop-made jigs to measuring without using a ruler, George has lots of great experience that he’ll share with you in this course.

In addition to step-by-step video instruction, this course provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information, including: A detailed woodworking drawing for the cabinet you’ll build in your own shop while following along with George’s techniques; source references for any specialized tools used; and a printable Class Guide as a reminder for key steps.

Make your own planter | Woodworking for beginners

Learn how to build a 30cm x 30cm wooden planter | DIY skills for the complete beginner

Created by Mark Shorter - DIY Expert

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Students: 425, Price: $74.99

Students: 425, Price:  Paid

Hello and welcome to "Make your own planter with Mark"

In this course, I’m going to show you how to build a very simple 30cm by 30cm planter.

This planter is made from wooden decking boards and some thin timber posts, which can be bought relatively cheaply.

I’ll be taking you through the process from start to finish with every step explained in full.

This basic design is 30cm by 30cm but the same method and techniques can be applied to make a planter of any size you require.

The planter I’m showing you is three deck boards deep which means it’ll be perfect for any bedding plants or small shrubs.

This course is perfect for the complete beginner and is ideal for developing your skills as a DIY carpenter without spending a fortune.

Woodworking: All About Wood

This extensive course on wood will help you gain a better understanding of what to use for various projects.

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 397, Price: $49.99

Students: 397, Price:  Paid

As woodworkers, we use a variety of materials in our craft: Solid wood in the form of hardwoods and softwoods; domestic and imported woods; plywood; MDF; melamine; multi-ply plywood, and more.

Like choosing the right tool for the job, it’s important to choose the correct material. That’s why we created this course in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America. We want to help you better understand the material you’re working with, and educate you about materials you may not be familiar with.

In addition to understanding material, it’s also important to understand what happens behind the scenes. How are trees converted to lumber? How are hardwoods ordered? What’s the difference between particle board, MDF and plywood?

Woodworkers Guild of American instructor, George Vondriska will comprehensively cover the following in this course:

  • Man-made materials (plywood, MDF, particle board, melamine, multi-ply, grades)

  • Where to buy quality materials

  • Milling lumber (plain sawing, quarter sawing, air drying, kiln drying)

  • Using construction grade lumber

  • Hardwood, softwood, and what those names mean

  • Mastering board foot calculations

  • Hardwood grading (firsts and seconds, select and better, #1 common)

  • Paying for machining (surface two sides; straight line one edge)

  • Veneers

  • Incorporating defects into your projects (wane, spalting, blue stain, insect holes)

  • Exotic/imported woods

Having this information at your fingertips will make you a more educated consumer, help you save money on your projects, and ensure that you’re choosing the best material for the job at hand.

Woodworking: Finishing Essentials

This detailed course will cover everything you need to feel confident when finishing your next project.

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 257, Price: $49.99

Students: 257, Price:  Paid

The finishing process can be intimidating. With so many hours invested in a project, it feels as though one false move while finishing can undo all your hard work. That’s why we created this course, in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America. We’ll demystify finishes that are common in the marketplace, help you understand which finish is best for your projects, and provide great preparation and application tips that will help you achieve a better finish.

THE FINISHING PRODUCTS

In this course Woodworkers Guild of America Instructor George Vondriska intentionally chose to use finishing products that are readily available at home centers. No exotic finishes or obscure techniques, you’ll find that the approach taken in this course is very mainstream. That makes it accessible, and makes it easier for you to realize success with your finishing processes. With the wide array of products and application tips shown in this course, you’re sure to find a few that work with your projects, your shop, and your approach to woodworking.

TECHNIQUES

This course concentrates on techniques that will be easy for you to use. Cotton rags, cheese cloth, home center off-the-shelf brushes, aerosol finish… It’s how you use these items that is most important, and we’re here to teach you. With our application techniques in hand you’ll be more confident about choosing stains and top coats, and finding the best application method for each.

OUR CHEAT SHEET

In addition to the information provided through video in the course, we’re providing a printable Class Guide that includes information about the major advantages and disadvantages of a variety of stains and top coats. You’ll find this very helpful as you decide which finishes to use, and create your finish shopping list.

In addition to the hands-on video instruction you’ll receive, this class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including the detailed Class Guide mentioned above as a recap of the key points of the class instruction and a resources document that will give you information on the products you’ll see in the course.

woodworking. Basic antique restoration and the finishes

old furniture and the finishes. Furniture restoration

Created by jeanbaptiste Van den Heede - woodmaker,ebanista, restaurador y licenciado en Bellas Artes

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Students: 234, Price: $24.99

Students: 234, Price:  Paid

In this Basic restoration of furniture as well as finishes , (Furniture restoration) you are going to learn the basics of the trade, because you want to know more about antique furniture, because you are interested in everything related to this beautiful trade, because you have only once started to work in your workshop and you don't know how to continue but you want to know more or why you want to be a professional future. My objective is clear, to teach you the steps to follow to develop your project and to assimilate the theory and practice of the trade. You will see what are the techniques and basic products and how to prepare them, you will see how to start restoring the wood. I will also help you to professionally set up your workshop if such is your desire. I am going to give you several fundamental exercises of the conservative furniture restorer. I also add a bibliography on some books that you can buy or consult in libraries or online and that are interesting about the trade, so you can accompany the classes and better understand the trade. I advise you to spend at least 3 hours a week to learn little by little how to work with the products and techniques and start enjoying the restoration work. Here I present this first course so that you know the first steps to follow. Of course there is matter for years if you want, it depends a lot on the time you can spend on it. Therefore, I will be presenting several different works and in different courses so you can learn what you like at your own pace. for example: how to restore chairs, how to restore painted furniture, how to varnish the doll with shellac, how to recycle and skate furniture, how to restore and paint old wooden windows, etc. It is also good to remember that a furniture restorer has to know how to sharpen his tools, know how to work wood, for that reason, you can see my different courses in CARPENTRY, JOINERY and MARQUETRY that are of great help to the restorer. Some of the courses I currently have: -BASIC CARPENTRY AND JOINERY - MANUFACTURE YOUR CARPENTER'S BENCH, with technical drawing and downloadable wooden parts included. I hope you enjoy wood as I have been doing it for more than 35 years. A greeting. Jean Baptiste Van den Heede, cabinetmaker.

Woodworking: Table Saw Essentials

This extensive woodworking course will help you safely and effectively use your Table Saw

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 198, Price: $49.99

Students: 198, Price:  Paid

It’s hard to imagine a woodworking shop that doesn’t include a table saw. Whether you’re rough cutting stock to size, taking it to its final dimensions, or doing the joinery required for your woodworking project, a table saw has you covered. This instructional video course, produced in conjunction with the Woodworkers Guild of America, provides you with must-have information for setting up and safely using your table saw.

STARTING OUT

Your table saw won’t be much good to you if you don’t have it set up correctly. You’ve got to check the alignment of the blade to the miter gauge slot and the rip fence, and make sure the saw is cutting at 90-degrees. We’ll show you high- and low-tech methods, so you can choose the approach that works best for you.

It’s important to use the right tool for the job, and this is very true of table saw blades. Alternate top bevel, triple chip grind, flat top grind, hook angle, tooth count….what does it all mean? What differentiates a rip blade from a crosscut blade? You’ll learn exactly what you need to know to make certain you’re always putting the right blade on the saw.

SAFETY

Ripping, crosscutting, or cutting dadoes, you need to make sure you’re safe. This course provides you with safety rules for the table saw, and shows you where to stand, how to position your hands, and how to stay out of harm’s way.

TECHNIQUES

With the saw properly set up and safety techniques at your fingertips, you’re ready to get to work. Woodworkers Guild of America Instructor George Vondriska will teach you how to rip and crosscut, set up a stackable dado head, cut rabbets, and even how to cut non-ferrous metal; essential techniques for getting the most out of your saw.

In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, this course provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Class Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the class instruction; and a resources document that will help you find the products and elements you’ll see in the course.

Woodworking: Hand-Held Router Techniques

This detailed course will cover everything you need to make your hand-held router as effective as possible in your shop.

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 185, Price: $49.99

Students: 185, Price:  Paid

Hand-held routers are incredibly versatile. Used properly, they can add detail to an edge, create rock solid joints, add decorative details, and more. There are many keys to successful and safe router use, and we’re proud to bring you a broad selection of router know-how in this course that was produced in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America.

Start With The Basics

What are the advantages and disadvantages of plunge and fixed base routers? When installing a router bit, just how much of the shank should be in the collet? Is it better to use 1/4″ or 1/2″ shank router bits? How do you know what the correct (and safe) feed direction is? Woodworkers Guild of America Instructor George Vondriska starts by answering these questions, and so much more. This will significantly increase your confidence level when using a hand-held router. We’ll also provide you with buying advice that will help you make good choices on future router purchases.

Make The Cut

There are definitely right and wrong approaches when using a router. We’ll talk about what not to do, and provide you with the correct techniques that will help you achieve the best results with your router. In addition to general router skills, you’ll learn some great tricks that will simplify setting your router bits to a precise depth, every time.

Specific Skills

Once you’re comfortable with setting up and using your router for basic cuts, we’ll increase your router vocabulary by teaching you some more advanced skills. These can be used to simplify the work you do on your woodworking projects, make your projects look better and more professional, and add interesting decorative elements.

There are over 90 minutes of hands-on video instruction in this course. In addition to the detailed video help you’ll receive, this course provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the course instruction; a Speed Chart to help you determine the best speed to run your bits; and a resources document that will give you information on the products you’ll see in the course.

Make your own decorative planter | woodwork for beginners

Learn how to build a 45cm x 45cm decorative wooden planter | DIY skills for the complete beginner

Created by Mark Shorter - DIY Expert

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Students: 154, Price: $74.99

Students: 154, Price:  Paid

Hello and welcome to "Make your own decorative planter with Mark"

In this course, I’m going to show you how to build a decorative 45cm by 45cm planter.

This planter is made from wooden decking boards and some thin timber posts, which can be bought relatively cheaply.

I’ll be taking you through the process from start to finish with every step explained in full.

This basic design is a 45cm by 45cm planter with legs and a decorative edge around the top

The planter I’m showing you is two deck boards deep, which means it’ll be perfect for any bedding plants or small shrubs.

This course is perfect for the complete beginner and is ideal for developing your skills as a DIY carpenter without spending a fortune.

POV and Psychic Distance: connecting reader and character

POV, Psychic Distance, and 9 other storytelling techniques.

Created by Harry Dewulf - Literary Editor and Story Development Expert.

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Students: 151, Price: $29.99

Students: 151, Price:  Paid

"This is art, not engineering. Storytelling is social, not mechanical" 

The bottom line I teach to all my authors is that nothing will make your next book sell better than ensuring readers read your current book to the end.

The foundation of ensuring readers want to read to the end is that readers care about your characters. This course is about making sure readers care, by ensuring that you, the author, form a connection with the reader, and ensuring that your readers connect with your characters.

In this course you will learn how to choose, combine, and apply a suite of techniques that will define your approach to creative writing - your technique and your style. You will learn how to make these choices consciously and with care.

Most of all, you will learn alternatives to Point-of-View and "Show-don't-Tell" - including the most powerful narrative technique of all, Psychic Distance

In this course you will learn:

  • Narrator Grammar

  • Narrator Identity

  • Combining identification, empathy and sympathy

  • Framing

  • Filtering

  • Psychic Distance

  • Point of view

  • How to convey character thoughts through "Free Indirect Style"

  • The "Author's Core Competence"

  • + half a dozen additional concepts, tools and techniques for applying these principles

This course includes a lot of practice activities. You don't have to do all of them, but you will definitely learn a lot more if you do them. Some of the lessons depend on your completing at least one assignment at least in part, to be sure that you have learned the techniques and principles being taught.

(This course was previously called "How to use Great Narration to Connect with your Reader")

Woodworking: Router Table Essentials

This course will give you many important tips and fundamentals – helping you to get the most out of your router table

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 143, Price: $49.99

Students: 143, Price:  Paid

A router table adds a LOT to the shop. With the amazingly diverse availability of router bit profiles, there are many different things you can do on a router table; from edge profiling to joinery. Thanks to the high rpm of a router motor, the cut quality is great, typically requiring very little sanding. Woodworkers Guild of America Instructor, George Vondriska teaches this video Course and will give you many important tips and fundamentals – helping you to get the most out of your router table.

Safety

The same attribute that provides great cut quality can make routers intimidating to operate. Typically running at over 20,000 revolutions per minute, things can go wrong quickly if you’re not using a router correctly. This Course covers a variety of must-have safety tips including how to properly secure the bit in the collet, determining feed direction, setting up for multiple passes, and how to use feather boards and push pads.

Buying Advice

There are lots of routers available in the marketplace. This Course will educate you regarding the best type of router to use in a table, and we’ll look at the advantages router lifts bring to router tables.

Maintenance

While the router table itself requires little more than good housekeeping, router bits are another story. A dull or dirty bit will be unsafe to use, and will cut poorly. We’ll show you how to determine if a bit needs to be sharpened, how to do the sharpening in your own shop, and how to clean a pitch-covered router bit.

Techniques

Dadoes, rabbets, slot cutting…these are just some of the woodworking techniques you’ll learn in this Course. We’ll show you short cuts that will make set up easier and more repeatable, so you can reduce set up time and increase accuracy.

There are over 100 minutes of hands-on video instruction in this Course produced with Woodworkers Guild of America. In addition to the detailed video help you’ll receive, this Course provides you with downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the course instruction; a Speed Chart to help you determine the best speed to run your bits; and a resources document that will give you information on the products you’ll see in the Course.

Woodworking: Drawer Making: Dovetails and Drawer Locks

This detailed course will cover everything you need to make superior drawers on your next project.

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 104, Price: $49.99

Students: 104, Price:  Paid

Imagine the number of opening and closing cycles a drawer sees in its lifetime. Not only are people constantly pulling and pushing on drawer boxes, in most cases drawers are loaded with heavy stuff. Especially in your shop. That’s a lot of abuse. If you’re taking the time to make a drawer, take the time to make it right – and take this online video Course produced in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America to help you create superior drawers for any project.

Dovetails and drawer locks are time-tested joints for drawers. Using these types of joints will greatly reduce the likelihood of the joints on a drawer failing. Our “Drawer Making: Dovetails and Drawer Locks” woodworking instruction course teaches you must-have skills for these joints.

HALF-BLIND DOVETAILS

Half-blind dovetails are commonly used for drawers, and many people look for this joint as a sign of craftsmanship. This video instructional course teaches you how to set up and use a router-based jig. Jigs make dovetails easier than hand cutting, but there are many aspects of set-up that need to be done correctly in order for the jig to work correctly. This class provides many dovetail jig tips and tricks including lubricating the jig, aligning the drawer parts, setting bit depth, and handling the router.

TABLE SAW DRAWER LOCKS

With a little practice and finesse, you can easily produce drawer lock joints on the table saw using a dado head. Once the blade height and fence position are correctly set, this is an incredibly fast way to make a solid joint, and cut the groove for the drawer bottom.

JOINERY ALTERNATIVES

Like half-blinds, through dovetails require the correct setup. This video instruction will help you get a perfect fit. Drawer lock router bits may seem fussy to use, but not when you know the tricks this video class teaches you.

Woodworkers Guild of America instructor George Vondriska brings many years of residential and commercial cabinet making and furniture making experience to you through this course. His easy-to-follow process and clear step-by-step instruction will help you to increase your confidence in making a better drawer, no matter what your next project is.

In addition to these key drawer making essentials in video form, this online class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Guide you can follow for the key steps of the course instruction; and source references for any specialized tools and material used in the course.

Woodworking: Make Quality Doors

This extensive door making course will help improve you build quality doors for your next project.

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 83, Price: $49.99

Students: 83, Price:  Paid

Many projects call for doors, from kitchen cabinets to vanities to jewelry armoires. There are a variety of ways to make doors, and this Make Quality Doors video course, produced in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America, will help you choose an approach that lends itself to your woodworking skills and your tools. Regardless of which of our techniques you choose, you’ll create doors that will stand the test of time.

The router table provides a great way to make frame and panel doors. You might choose to use reversible rail and stile bits, two-piece sets, vertical or horizontal panel raisers. Woodworkers Guild of America instructor George Vondriska will cover them all in this course, providing you with tips to simplify set up, use the bits safely, and make sure the cope and stile joints are a perfect fit.

SMALL SCALE DOORS

Cabinet doors are one thing. Scaled down doors for smaller projects are something else. This instructional course provides you with buying advice so you can match your router bits to the stock you’re working with, and provides approaches for safely machining smaller door parts on the router table.

UNIQUE STYLES

Frame and panel doors may not always be the best choice for your project. Bead board, a form of home siding, provides an attractive door alternative, when used correctly. Some projects may call for paint grade doors, and mdf is a great choice for these doors. Painting mdf and getting a seamless finish can be tricky, so we’ll take you through the process.

CATHEDRAL DOORS

Many woodworkers aspire to make cathedral, or arched top, doors, but are concerned about the “freehand” cutting required to shape the panel and upper rail. With the tips and tricks we provide for cathedral doors, and a little practice, you’ll be comfortable making these doors in no time.

In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, this online course provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Course Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key steps of the course instruction; and source references for the tools and material used in the course.

Woodworking: Bandsaw Essentials

This course will provide you with the fundamentals and safety tips to get the most our of your bandsaw.

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 70, Price: $49.99

Students: 70, Price:  Paid

From tight curves to large sweeping curves, thin stock to thick timbers, bandsaws can handle it all. Equipped with the right blade, and correctly set up, the versatility of a bandsaw is amazing. This course, brought to you in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America, will provide you with the information you need to get the most out of your bandsaw, use it safely, and make it a go-to tool in your shop.

What A Bandsaw Offers

What makes bandsaws so great? Lots of things. They have a significant thickness capacity, with most saws able to cut 6” or more. The kerf of a bandsaw blade is quite small, so there’s very little waste going up the dust chute. Combined with the ability to cut curves or dead straight lines, a bandsaw can be one amazing machine.

Set Up

Many woodworkers consider their bandsaw only a coarse, rough cutting tool because they never learned to set it up correctly. It’s critical that the blade tracks correctly on the tires, the tires are clean, the guide blocks and thrust bearing are correctly set. Each of these aspects has a cumulative effect on how well (or how poorly) and bandsaw performs. Woodworkers Guild of America instructor George Vondriska takes you step-by-step through set up to make sure you get it right.

Using The Saw

In addition to being able to correctly set up the saw, we want to make sure you’re using it properly and safely. Our tips on controlling and steering the material will help make your cuts more accurate. And we’ll simplify the set up required for resawing.

In total, you’ll get over 115 minutes of hands-on video instruction in this course. In addition to the detailed video help you’ll receive, we have included downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: a detailed Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the course instruction; and a resources document that will give you information on the products you’ll see in the course, including a handy Blade Radius Chart.

Woodworking: Setting Up and Using Jointers & Planers

This course will help you get the most out of your jointer & planer by helping properly set them and use them safely.

Created by George Vondriska - Managing Editor & Instructor of Woodworkers Guild of America

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Students: 70, Price: $49.99

Students: 70, Price:  Paid

Jointers and planers are similar, but not identical. Each machine has a different function, but both machines are extremely useful when it comes to creating precisely machined boards in your shop.

Additionally, buying your lumber rough sawn and doing you own jointing and planing can save you a lot of money!

In broad strokes, jointers are the perfect tool for flattening faces and creating edges that are smooth, straight and square. Planers provide two parallel faces, and guarantee that every board you machine is exactly the same thickness.

This course, brought to you in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America, will help you double check your machines to make sure they’re correctly set up. This includes knife changes on both the jointer and planer, with techniques provided for perfectly setting the jointer knives. You’ll learn how to lubricate and maintain your jointer and planer for optimum performance. You’ll also learn:

  • How to read wood grain for proper feed direction to avoid tear out

  • Tricks for getting the jointer fence perfectly square

  • Low tech tips for setting jointer knives

  • Jointer and planer safety

  • What materials can and can’t be jointed and planed

  • How to eliminate jointer snipe

  • Safe and proper techniques for face jointing

  • Using the jointer to cut rabbets

  • Jointing tapers

  • Leveling planer infeed and outfeed tables

  • How to reduce or eliminate planer snipe

  • Planing extremely thin stock

  • Using your planer to clean up sawn edges

This course will help make sure you get the most out of your jointer and planer by helping you properly set the machines, and safely use them to their full potential.

Carpentry: How to sheath a floor (beginner)

How to sheath a floor and install joist hangers

Created by Jeremy Bolduc - Carpenter

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Students: 48, Price: $19.99

Students: 48, Price:  Paid

In this course you will learn:

How to safely use the tools needed to sheath your floor and install joist hangers

The process of installing joist hangers

What a floor beam is along with beam pockets and flush mounted beams.

Straightening your rim joist

How to start your first row of sheathing

How to start your second row of sheathing

Sharpening Chisels and Plane Irons

Learn how to sharpen chisels and plane irons in this easy to follow, clear and concise tutorial

Created by Stuart Bowman-Harris - WoodWork Tutorials

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Students: 25, Price: $19.99

Students: 25, Price:  Paid

Sharpening wood working tools is a huge topic, but where do you start if you just want to get the fundamental principles under your belt? There is so much confusing information out there and much of it conflicting.

This short course is designed to give you the information to get you under way in a clear, concise and easy to follow tutorial. Once you understand the reasons behind the basic principles you will be able to quickly develop your sharpening skills and take your wood working to a higher level.

It is very easy to leave our chisels and planes for too long before we sharpen them. This makes the sharpening and honing process a long winded and often dreaded task. But, there is another way! With regular honing, that should take seconds, your sharpening processes will be kept to just a few minutes in your working day, giving you more time to make things with your razor sharp tools.

This short course covers a lot of ground though; I will talk about the sharpening stones and honing guides, demonstrate sharpening techniques by hand and machine as well as giving some theory behind the processes.

In the course I will "rescue" a chisel that I have really let go. It has been used for everything except its true purpose in life. I will bring it back from the brink to demonstrate how these techniques can transform a damaged chisel back to a super sharp tool to be proud of.

This course is aimed at the beginner wanting to advance and progress but also there is valuable information in the course that more experienced carpenters and joiners will benefit from.

Learning About Wood: how to become a successful woodworker.

Describes woods structure, characteristics, and limitations - things that every woodworker should know.

Created by Brian Steckler - Woodworker

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Students: 23, Price: $19.99

Students: 23, Price:  Paid

This course is designed to give you, the student, a grasp of wood characteristics which will result in more attractiveness and structural integrity in all your future projects.  You will learn:

- the five parts of a tree trunk and the two that are most serviceable

- how wood structure makes end grain gluing worthless

- how to read wood grain and why its important

- how wood grain relates to wood movement

- why reading wood grain is critical to proper planing direction

- about wood strength and how heavy loads are handled with wood in compression

- how to avoid boards with uncorrectable defects

- how to select good boards

- what species and types of wood are suitable for your projects

- to do a “cut list” to figure out how much wood to buy for a project

- characteristics of veneers, plywood, and marine plywood

- when it is necessary to use dimensionally stable material.

The Basic Woodworking Kit

The set of tools, accessories and supplies needed by all woodworkers.

Created by Brian Steckler - Woodworker

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Students: 11, Price: $19.99

Students: 11, Price:  Paid

Learning objectives: 

You will learn the following in this course:

  - the essetial tools and their uses

  - what basic accessories are needed by every woodworker

  - what supplies you should always have on hand as a woodworker

Description:

This course is meant to inform the beginning woodworker of what is needed to accomplish almost any woodworking project.  The basic tools for measurement and layout are explained.  The various types of saws and their uses are outlined, including those for rip cuts, cross cuts and dovetail cuts. 

We recommend a couple of key chisels in every woodworkers tool box.  For smoothing and shaping, the reason for a low angle block plane is explained, the Japanese rasp is discussed and how it is efficient for shaping, and of course, the ubiquitous smoother -- sandpaper is thoroughly covered !

Drills, drilling and screwing are also discussed including the range and types of drill bits, as well as what drill bit size to use for a screw pilot hole.  The countersink and auger bits required for proper fastening and drilling are also covered in this course.

Course content:

- Lecture 1:  Introduction (1:00)

- Lecture 2: Measurement and Layout (8:37)

    -- Tape measures

    -- Combination square

    -- Bevel gauge

    -- Rulers

    -- Compass

    -- Calipers

    -- Pocket knife

- Lecture 3: Saws - Making Wood Cuts (7:49)

    -- Rip saw

    -- Crosscut saw

    -- Japanese ryoba saw

    -- Zona saw

    -- Flush cut saw

- Lecture 4: Planing and Smoothing (8:17)

    -- Planes and Rasps

    -- Low angle block plane

    -- Japanese rasp

    -- Sanding blocks

 

- Lecture 5: Drills and drilling (17:08)

    -- Pilot holes

    -- Electric drills/ corded or battery

    -- Wood bits

    -- Countersink bits

    -- Driver bits

    -- Spade bits

- Lecture 6: Accessories (9:05)

    -- Clamps

      --- Quick acting clamps

      --- "F" clamps

      --- Pipe clamps

    -- Bench horses

    -- Bench hooks

    -- Cauls

- Lecture 7: Supplies - what you should have handy (10:41)

    -- Titebond glue

    -- Blue tape

    -- Packaging tape

    -- Crazy glue

    -- Epoxy glue

    -- Screws (#6, #8, 3/4 and 1 1/4 inch)

    -- Sandpaper (80, 100, 120, 180, 220 grit)

    -- Paste wax

    -- A deck of cards

    -- Pencils

    -- Red rubber eraser

Oak Framing

How to make a traditional roof truss using woodworking & carpentry techniques old and new. Learn about tools and methods

Created by Stuart Bowman-Harris - WoodWork Tutorials

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Students: 7, Price: $54.99

Students: 7, Price:  Paid

In woodwork, everyday is a school day!

Oak framing is a massive topic and can be quite daunting if you don't know how to get started. Everyone, with some knowledge will have an opinion about THE way to do it. Well guess what, there isn't just one way to do it. Woodwork just keeps giving with new things to learn.

Here I will help break down the big things into smaller bite sized nuggets so you can tackle each of the learning challenges in a methodical way.

In this course I will discuss, timber choice, joint design, hand and power tools. As well as show you how to mark out, cut and fit the oak sections together. In particular I will take you through the process of marking out using a plumb bob.

I have chosen to build the course around making an oak roof truss. The skills learnt here are transferable to many other oak frame designs.

Enjoy the course and have fun with oak framing!