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Forum topic by controlfreak posted 04-01-2020 04:06 PM 628 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2020 04:06 PM

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I am not really a big fan of people setting arbitrary deadlines with countdown timers demanding my money prior to losing out on an opportunity. So I passed on this course. Well maybe he read my email. He is opening up this course to all without deadlines or time windows. It is on shop organization and storage. My question is has anyone tried this course and did they like it?

I am very much a novice woodworker still and this is pretty much my total focus (organization) and is right now. Just looking to do some skill building and organize the shop better. My plans to increase my shop size, build new or buy a house with a nice shop in place have been crushed in the last couple of months. I am looking at my scrap wood pile and trying to figure out some things I can make for gifts or crafts to sell like bird houses etc. I fear I may become like my grandparents that lived through the depression. Every item must be repaired to repurposed before even considering throwing away. I can remember my grandpa had a glass shelf in a medicine cabinet break. He went into his shop and found a piece of broken glass from an old table or something. He cut the glass to size and sanded the edges to replace the shelf.

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#1 posted 04-18-2020 10:12 PM

I don’t understand why you would need a course for organization to me everyone shop is different and has you go on working in your shop you will be able to see how to organize it for your needs a class that you have to pay for for no thank you

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#2 posted 03-06-2021 11:11 AM

I’m not sure what you mean by countdown timers. I came to this course via Steve’s You Tube channel where I was impressed with his easy going style and uncomplicated approach. As far as I’m aware the course has always been a “pay once for life” product.

I, like you, am a newbie at “serious” woodworking having been a keen DIY’er for many years and I wanted to organise & improve my workspace. The course starts by taking you through some basic shop layout decisions & helps you think about aspects of your shop you might not have considered. After that you’re free to make as many or as few of the projects as you want. There’s a team to handle any queries you might have and a great Facebook community where you can show off your triumphs and disasters.

All of the projects come with a video, detailed plans, cutting diagrams & material lists as you’d expect. You also get a set of Sketchup plans so you can modify any of the original plans to suit your preference and judging by the Facebook page a lot of people do. Sketchup is an easy to use 3D modeller and Steve even has a video on basic use.

I paid $97 for the course and I think that’s about right for the effort Steve and his team have obviously put into the course. Will I build all of the items? Not a chance. Some are just not suitable for my shop but I’ll certainly take the ideas & construction methods forward in other projects. The ones I have built so far have been great and helped organise my shop enormously.

If you’re stuck for a starting point I’d say this course, or rather, set of projects, makes a worthwhile investment.

All the best

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#3 posted 03-06-2021 01:00 PM

Wow, almost a year ago I posted this. I guess I was expressing my dislike of a timer he had to sign up “before its too late” for a course. Maybe I was having a bad day but I too enjoy his teaching method, I may need to revisit. My skills have improved a lot since I posted this. Just finished a Moravian workbench and sadly will probably disassemble my Steve Ramsey “BMW” workbench to free up some space in my tiny shop. Up next a tool cabinet or plane till. I do credit Steve for getting me started in woodworking.

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