Woodworking Knowledgebase

From Wayne's Dusty Box of Words

This is where I keep all the modern woodworking links and notes.


My personal Woodworking page has most of my SCA period projects and articles. My post-1650 CE project articles are listed below.

Articles (Captive or Otherwise)

  • A Short History of Nails - my article on nails
  • Cleaning old tools - my approach to rehabilitating planes gotten at auction or sales
  • Chemistry in the Workshop - my article on finishes
  • Green vs. Dried Wood - my short article on telling which was used in old furniture.
  • Must Have Books - If you had to pick just the best or most influential woodworking books, what would be there? This article is built around such a list that appeared in Popular Woodworking several years ago. I agreed with most of their choices, but not all. They also surveyed prominent woodworkers for their choices, some interesting selections there too. I decided to consolidate all these lists combined with my choices into one master list I can use to indulge the bibliophile in me.
  • Staked Stool Project - the article describing my trio of learning projects built to teach myself compound joinery and staked furniture. We're on the way to stick chairs after the Welsh fashion (i.e., not Windsor chairs).

Useful YouTube Channels

  • Rob Cosman – Hand tool focused with lots of good info; somewhat heavy-handed on the marketing.
  • Paul Sellers – English, hand tool focused. Lots of good info especially for the less experienced.
  • Wood By Wright - James Wright's main channel
  • Wood By Wright 2 - James Wright's Hand Tool Focused YouTube Channel
  • Jay Bates - Mostly power tools, but lots of interesting projects and ideas.
  • Joshua Farnsworth - Runs a hand-tool oriented school in central VA (I have taken a class there). This channel has a lot of buyer's guides and other stuff mostly, mostly geared at beginners.
  • Stumpy Nubs - Lots of content, much of it of the shorter variety. Pretty good.


Links to specific pages or sites because of their excellent content. Even if they are in one of the channels listed above. That way I can find the page I want in the future.

Great Links

How-To Web Pages

  • How and Why I Sharpen - Jay Bates article on sharpening, links to the YouTube video. It's a simplification of Rob Crossman's freehand method.

How-To Videos

This is non-YouTube content, most of it is pay-walled. But if I have paid for it, it's got to be good, because I am cheap when it comes to content. There's just so much free stuff, that if you are going to pay for it, it has to be high quality.

  • The English Woodworker - Richard Maguire, you guessed it, is English. He's got one of those accents where you could just listen to him read the phone book and be amused. He makes furniture, not repros, with hand tools. Has a blog and some videos. The real good stuff is project builds on video. His SO, Helen Fisher, a maker in her own right, is the videographer. The editing is light but polished. The projects are good, I bought them as they came out, so they were cheaper that way.
  • Sharpening A Plane Blade 2020 - Rob Cosman's freehand method distilled. He can be a bit tedious, but this one is good and I like this method a lot. Though my hands are too big to use his hold.