The problem with uploading to YouTube is that navigation becomes hard, especially when trying to follow an online school. Unless it’s in a playlist (which can be troublesome to find) you have no idea where to start, what you need to learn, and why you need to learn it. This school puts everything in an easy to understand format and helps you get the most from this free course.
I get it, it’s a pain in the arse when you need a reminder on a small process made within a video, yet you need to sift through a 40 minute long video to find it. Instead of 40 minute videos, this course is broken down into small manageable chunks meaning it’s far easier to find what you’re looking for.
The optional plans for this course come at a small cost, as detailed in this article. While these are not necessarily needed to complete the course because at the end of the day, a box is a box. It’s a great way to support what we do here. Please note that these plans and any future plans are FREE to Patrons of over $5 a month.
Pre-Planed Project Packs
If you would like to purchased pre-sized material at a good price, visit www.mattestlea.com/projectpacks. These come in a variety of different materials and are perfect for those who want to avoid the fuss and get straight into cutting some joinery!
You know how annoying it is when you get to a certain point in the project and realise you don’t have everything needed. I’ve got you covered. For each project there will be a tool list that includes everything needed to get the project completed. This tool list tends to a range of budgets as well as both hand tool users, and machine users.
Get the free tool list Here.
The problem with online courses is that they lack 1 to 1 guidance and it’s very easy to fall behind the pace of the tutor. I don’t want that to happen. So what we are going to do is get my cameraman Rob to make the projects alongside you while following exactly the same videos. This will of course be filmed and documented for educational and entertainment purposes. But what this means is that if he screws up a certain part of the build, I will show him how to fix it on camera, and you guys will be able to benefit from that experience. Of course there are many ways to screw up a project and I will not be able to cover all bases, but many of the remedies I will be showing him are transferable skills that you can use in other areas of your woodworking.
During this project, I will be using Poplar which is a relatively bland and soft wood with a uniform grain pattern. I chose this material as it is easy to demonstrate with as there are no striking grain patterns to put the viewer off, as well as make it easy to see my marking lines.
If you’re looking for a material to practice with, I would recommend Poplar as it is quite cheap and very easy to work with. Other great options would be Ash or Beech although these are somewhat harder.
You can purchase pre-planed Poplar for this project from www.mattestlea.com/projectpacks
Have you got the plans yet?