Hermit House Woodworking - Starting from Scratch #5: YouTube: How did I learn without it?

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Blog entry by Ted Ewen posted 07-20-2015 10:40 AM 1182 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There’s been a lot of downtime the last few weeks. Money has run out and I almost got what I needed before it did. Unfortunately that almost is a show stopper. More moneys soon, but in the meantime…. YouTube.

I had access to an incredible wood shop back in my school days. Unfortunately, I was young, ignorant and clueless, so I did not see the value. I remember snippets of information from those days, but really am pretty much starting from complete ignorance.

She Who Must be Obeyed, my far better-half, and I sat down yesterday to discuss the purchase of tools and the larger plans for my one shot at a proper shop. Once it’s built that’s it. I will have used the available space.

I opened up YouTube and we discussed table saws, the 12” gliding double bevel laser saw of awesome that I so covet, a jointer, planer, thickness sander, bandsaw, scroll saw, drill press, various sanders, sharpening, dust extraction, storage, benches and all the rest. We then watched some vids, discussed things, and she saw the case for each and every part of of the proposed shop, though not all at once. I am a lucky, lucky man. She is, by far, my better half. I’d still be in a cave if not for her ;)

I realised as I was talking that I actually knew quite a bit more than I’d realised and that is entirely down to YouTube. I’ve found myself sitting, slightly dazed, after a full day of marathonning YouTube woodworking vids. I’ve taken it in like a sponge :D

Here is my YouTube channel:
Bare Andented, my profile name there, is (kinda) Danish for: Just Another Ted

So, I have a couple of questions:

First, what channels would you recommend for my Woodwormy needs? I’ve got some of the obvious ones, but probably not all, and I know I have missed some of the ‘regular joes with mad skills’ types. I am also particularly interested in the whys more than the hows. I seek understanding, not just to be a human CNC.

Second, this is the video that sparked this post. Can anyone telll me why I would not like to use this system, well, everywhere?

View on YouTube

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 10:56 PM

You definitely did well in the marriage department. Mine has been good, mostly seeing eye to eye with me on my needs and purchases. It’s the difference between failure and success when your significant other is with you in building up a shop. Good for you!

Maybe a good way to answer your YT recommendations question is to point you in the direction of my own and have you pick through to see what you like. Keep in mind that I have recently culled my list for specific reasons that may not apply to you, so if you are interested in discussing these and others, PM at the Big G and I’ll go through it with you there.

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#2 posted 07-22-2015 07:14 AM

I’ll do that, thanks :D

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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