Starting out woodworking with zero base knowledge can be frustrating which leads to disappointing results and usually a lifelong none-woodworker. So the first video in this new series will explain how all woodworking tools (with the exception of laser cutters) work. And this first one is a bit longer than most will be because I take time to explain the series purpose and introduce myself.

I’m calling this series “The Prerequisite Course” because it covers general knowledge, terms, theories and whatnot that will apply to any branch of the craft you wish to travel (carpentry, furniture making, carving, turning, bush craft, timber framing, joinery, ….)

The series also targets those that might want to teach the craft to their teens, family, friends or whomever even if you lack lots of DIY woodworking experience. That is actually the best use in my opinion. Take tidbits, techniques, wording, theories and such to help you convey the right knowledge in a timely manner to give you and your new woodworker the best chance of survival in the craft. For the best I can do with this type of work is be a glorified animated textbook which is no substitute for a real life teacher.

So along with each video in the series will be some “Teachers Notes” in the form of an ancillary video, vocabulary, prompts and sometimes teaching tips.

So please enjoy as we begin the process of making the next generation of woodworkers.
Teachers Notes No. 1 – The Prerequisite Course:
– age appropriateness
– tool requirements
– exercise
– vocabulary terms (Contributions and corrections are welcome for terms utilized in this video.)

Prompts: If you have a selection of tools bring out samples. If not find photos. Then ask your student “Is this tool designed to rip or crosscut”. Some good ones would be:

– a forstner bit (answer is both – rim does crosscutting while blade connecting shaft to rim does rip)
– brad point drill bit (answer is both – rim does crosscutting before the start of spiral rips away bulk of waste.)
– draw knife (it’s a planing tool so rip)
– blade for a jigsaw (likely it’s mainly crosscut)
– router bits (likely rip though if you have a spiral you could draw out “could it also crosscut a bit?)
– spade bit (both)
– a knife (depends upon how used)
– roughing gouge in turning (curve ball – the sides crosscut a little and the U splits, you’ll have to explain how this tool is used to draw that answer out.)
– rasp or file (depends on use but mostly crosscut)
– float (generally rip)

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