9 Woodworking terms you need to know

In this video, I discuss some terminology for the methods to cut and form wood.
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  1. This is so helpful for those of us new to woodworking. I’d love to see more videos like this. Thanks, Steve!

  2. Just bought a table saw and miter saw yesterday. Thanks for getting me into woodworking and I can’t wait to try out some of your projects!

  3. I’ve always appreciated your genuine “down to earth” approach to woodworking. Great video, thanks!

  4. I’m looking forward to your next woodworking course! The other two are fabulous!! Thanks for the teaser today.

  5. I’ve watched your “back to basics” videos for ages and I think they’re spot-on to both inform the newbie and encourage that initial confidence. Long may they keep coming….

  6. Hello Steve and others! Fairly new to this channel and I love the information here. I have a quick question: I recently made a finger-jointed box, and as everyone knows it is difficult to make them perfect. How do you fill in the “gaps” that occur at times? I have been doing just glue + saw dust / wood chips and sanding it down. The stain is not perfect, but at least it gathers some and is better than glue alone. Are there any other tips / tricks? Do they make a putty that you can add small drop of stain to for coloring?

  7. I remember Steve before he got famous.
    I miss my weekly WWMM videos 😢.
    I can actually say the Steve is the one maker that inspired me to start woodworking.

    1. Yeah, me too. He was my first inspiration. I began with easel for my kids I saw on his channel. Thank you Steve for your work!

  8. Very helpful! I appreciate also seeing the words in print, otherwise I’d still be spelling at least two of these words wrong, haha! Definitely helps to have the right spelling when looking for more info!

    I greatly appreciate these kinds of videos, especially while I’m forced to wait on digging into the “real work” (saving up my pennies for now, wood working and learning will have to wait a little while). It makes me feel like I’m not just twiddling my thumbs, because of the way you explain things I find that I can at least partially visualize what a given cut might be useful for, how it might fit together into something, all that sort of stuff.

    One thing I’d love to see if you find the time: how to measure for “odd size” projects. I was watching a completely different set of folks make a “catio” and was fascinated by the idea. I’m well aware that I could never do such a project the way those two nice people did it (they have laser cutters and CNC machines and so forth), but I feel like the general notion is one I could tackle…if I could work up the proper measurements at least. I have a lot of scrap wood right now on hand, including most of a package of window-screen mesh material. (I don’t know why we have it but why not use it right??)

    I know for certain one of my biggest pitfalls in every other project I’ve done is accurate and consistent measuring. For a really long time I couldn’t understand why – I draw my lines on my material (this applies to fabric and wood both) and yet still it seems like no two cuts are the same. In part I understand now that I really, really, REALLY need to set up a jig and have my table saw properly set up. Freehanding, even with a penciled line on the wood, just isn’t going to cut it (pun intended!).

    But outside of that – sometimes it’s as if the measurements weren’t quite right to BEGIN with! So some extra tips on that kind of procedure, and maybe one or two “how to fix your mistake” type things, would be incredibly helpful!

  9. Always helpful thanks Steve, keep making them. Since you acknowledged the difference between a rabbet and a rebate, did you know that a dado is a specifically American term? It is also known as a housing or a trench outside of America.

  10. While I have moved onto other youtubers for more in depth content you jump started me into the hobby. I modeled my power tools after your tool list and haven’t been disappointed and always learn something from your videos. Thank you!

  11. Even though I knew the terms already I still appreciate this video.
    Your nuance at the start is great. No point in scaring people away. The projects themselves are daunting enough, no need for added peer pressure. Just call it what you want as a hobbyist, as long as people get what you’re referring to it’s fine.
    Personally I always liked woodworking, but this channel in particular has given me the confidence to do projects in my tiny living room or the communal basement, instead of waiting till I might someday have a shed or garage to do them in.

  12. A very practical return to the basics; something we all need from time to time. Thank you Steve.

  13. Your videos are fantastic. Thanks for all the content you’ve created.

    Your videos have helped me learn a new hobby!

  14. Yes, more! I miss your weekly content – learned much of my fundamentals from you. Thanks, Steve. And good luck with the new Workshop Organization School this fall.

  15. Awesome and helpful. I’ve been woodworking for a number of years and interchanged these terms a number of times.

    My first thought while watching this video was to make or see if you can have a poster made with basic graphics depicting all off these listed in an organized fashion.

    At the end you mentioned making more terminology videos. Please do. The heart of a good teacher (like yours) is one that is able to explain concepts in to relatively simple terms.

    Posters can be a good product to sell… build your channel…

  16. Steve thank you so much for introducing me to the woodworking hobby
    i just sold my first piece last week a maple and walnut striped cutting board
    keep up the good work

  17. Super helpful! Would also love to see resawing on a band saw. I find incredible value in resawing 2×4 on my Kobalt table saw, which is just making the cut. And Diablo blades are nice and thin leaving more material for use. But doing thinner and taller cuts would be nice.

  18. Love this video. I come from a huge wood working family, but I’m a hairdresser lol. I’ve been feeling the urge to start building, but I feel so lost. This video has been a big help. Keep em coming. 😊

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