50 Woodworking Blogs/Websites You May Not Know About

I got into the whole online woodworking thing from YouTube. There are thousands of great, inspirational YouTube woodworking videos out there that are sure to provide you with enough entertainment and knowledge to last a long, long time. But, I’ve come to realize that not everyone is into the video scene. And here lately I have also been leaning more toward woodworking blogs instead of video. Don’t get me wrong, woodworking on YouTube is the greatest thing since sliced bread but sometimes it’s OK to change up your normal diet a bit. Change is good and in this case it’s also inspirational and educational. So without further adieu here is a list of 50 woodworking blogs and websites that you may not know about. When you find an article or video that you like be sure to bookmark it and let the blog owner know by leaving a comment or two. Also, most blogs have a way to subscribe to email newsletters so you can stay current on all of their new content. Remember that liking and sharing website articles is the best way to show your support for their content without spending a dime. To visit each blog simply click on the corresponding image.



anawhite

1 – Ana-White.com

Ana White is the woodworking DIY queen from Alaska. This site is jam packed full of inspiration and projects that anyone can make.

 

close-grain

2 – Close Grain

Steve Branam is a software engineer and woodworking hobbyist in central Massachusetts. A good read for anyone. Especially those interested in learning about hand tools.

 

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3 – Dan’s Hobbies

I’ve had this one bookmarked for a while. The link will take you to an interesting blog series covering the build of a simple yet interesting end table design.

 

Dans-shop

4 – Dan’s Shop

Dan, a teacher by day, is a hand tool woodworker from Alaska. His blogging journey started way back in 2007 and he has been producing great projects and articles since. Check it out!

 

DCW-woodworks

5 – DCW Woodworks

Doug has been pursuing his passion for woodworking since 2010. Based in Chicago, IL he has been learning both modern techniques and traditional hand tool methods for building furniture and trim carpentry. As a hobbyist in his 1903 frame house he has been inspired to learn about Chicago’s rich Craftsman, Prairie, and Arts & Crafts tradition.

 

design-matters

6 – Design Matters

Design Matters is about building warm inviting furniture and is an extension of George Walker’s column featured in Popular Woodworking Magazine.

 

digital-woodworker

7 – Digital Woodworker

A woodworking blog from a proficient cook, an aspiring woodworker, and a general technology geek. I have found many sources of inspiration sifting through his work.

 

dominics-woodworks

8 – Dominic’s Woodworks

Dominic has just started his woodworking blog and recently started his YouTube channel. Stop by and give him some encouragement to continue if you like his content.

 

dorset-custom-furniture

9 – Dorset Custom Furniture

You will find a lot of gorgeous work here. Plenty of pictures to get drawn into.

 

flairwoodworks

10 – Flair Woodworks

Chris Wong is the creator of Flair Woodworks. He is also the creator of many interesting works of art. Chris is also very active on Twitter if you would ever like to get a hold of him.

 

Full-Chisel-blog

11 – Full Chisel Blog

This is a very unique blog. Everything here is from the 19th century. No SawStop in sight.

 

fun-with-woodworking

12 – Fun With Woodworking

An amateur approach to woodworking. Follow Donald as he learns the ins and outs of woodworking.

 

garage-woodworks

13 – Garage Woodworks

Brian from Garage Woodworks has been putting out woodworking videos for several years. On his site you will find all of his videos as well as plans and blog posts.

 

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14 – Half-Inch Shy

Half-Inch Shy was started in 2009 after getting interested in woodworking in January of 2008. Through the years he has built a nifty, tool dense shop. There is a lot of content to sift through on this site. He also has a YouTube channel you can subscribe to.

 

heartwood

15 – Heartwood

Rob Porcaro has more than 30 years experience in woodworking. His work has been exhibited in premier juried artisan shows, fine galleries, and numerous national and regional publications. His technical expertise is known and trusted in the field of woodworking as a widely published writer and teacher.

 

ibuildit

16 – ibuildit.ca

John Heisz started his ibuildit website in 2011 and has been posting quality projects, videos, plans, and articles since. Talking with John was one of the big motivating factors that made me decide to create my own website. John Heisz is hands down my favorite online woodworking content creator. I highly recommend you check out his site.

 

i-like-to-make-stuff

17 – iLikeToMakeStuff

Bob Clagett is a Senior Software Engineer by trade. But don’t let that fool you. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty and make some sawdust. Both his site and YouTube channel are completely ad free and are definitely worth checking out.

 

Jeff-Furguson

18 – Jeff-Ferguson.com

Jeff is a good friend of mine who is starting to crank out more woodworking content more frequently. He has a great writing style that is perfect for woodworking articles.

 

jords-woodshop

19 – Jords Wood Shop

Based in Australia, Jord has been making woodworking projects online since 2011. From homemade dust collection cyclones to a full step by step guide at making a fully featured, budget friendly Rubo Workbench Jord has quite a bit of content to keep you entertained.

 

justsquareenough

20 – Just Square Enough

David Harms is an application development team manager in Texas who tries to steal as many hours as possible in the workshop to teach himself woodworking. This blog chronicles his project progress. His blog posts have a good flow with plenty of pictures.

 

lost-art-press

21 – Lost Art Press

The founders of Lost Art Press, Christopher Schwarz and John Hoffman, are trying to restore the balance between hand and machine work by unearthing the so-called “lost arts” of hand skills and explaining how they can be integrated with the machinery in the modern shop to help produce furniture that is crisp, well-proportioned, stout, and quickly made.

 

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22 – Matt’s Basement Workshop

As the title describes, this is all about Matt’s woodworking in his basement workshop. Matt is one the first (if not the first) online woodworking podcasters. He has plenty of in-depth videos for you to learn from.

 

MWA

23 – Modern Woodworkers Association

The Modern Woodworkers Association is a podcast hosted by Chris Adkins, Dyami Plotke, and Tom Lovino. At the time of this post they are up to 51 podcast episodes.

 

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24 – Paul Sellers

As a man who began woodworking in 1965, Paul has educated thousands and thousands of people over the years with woodworking. Paul adds content on just about anything woodworking related to his blog regularly in both article and video format.

 

 

robin-wood

25 – Robin Wood

For the past twenty years he has been making wooden bowls and plates to use every day. This woodworking blog isn’t about project plans but rather the thinking side of woodworking. Lots of inspiration and though provoking posts here.

 

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26 – Scott Meek Woodworks

Scott Meek is passionate about creating beautiful furniture and hand tools out of wood. Not only does Scott teach classes on how to make a wood body plane but he also sells them already made.

 

Shanty2Chic

27 – Shanty 2 Chic

If you want to make beautiful household pieces easily from every day materials you should check out this blog. It is filled with hundreds of easy to make projects that are perfect for anyone.

 

stus-shed

28 – Stu’s Shed

Presented in a down-to-earth manner from one woodworker to another, this site started as a way to get some of Stu’s trial and error experiences and answers out for everyone to learn from.

 

the drunken-woodworker

29 – The Drunken Woodworker

Dave Picciuto is the Drunken Woodworker. Dave’s site is a video based blog (vlog) that features a Weekly Woodworking Wrap-up Review episode every Thursday. He also occasionally uploads unique project and tip videos.

 

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30 – The American Craftsman Workshop

Created by Todd Clippinger is a self taught designer/craftsman who produces some absolutely stunning work. Todd also likes to share where the inspiration came from for his projects which is really nice to see.

 

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31 – The Bois Shop

Rob Bois started blogging in 2008 and has been writing blog posts with accompanying videos since.

 

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32 – The Carmichael Workshop

Steve Carmichael has been uploading woodworking videos to YouTube for quite some time and started his blog back in 2013. The cool thing about Steve’s projects is that he makes sure that everything he does is simply FUN. Everyone should enjoy woodworking and it really shows in what Steve does.

 

thepenultimatewoodshop

33 – The Penultimate Woodshop

Dyami Plotke is part of the Modern Woodworkers Association trio. The Penultimate Woodshop is a place for Dyami to showcase his personal woodworking.

 

therenisansewoodworker

34 – The Renaissance Woodworker

Started by Shannon Rogers more than 5 years ago, The Renaissance Woodworker was originally an attempt to chronicle the events in his wood shop. Today it is host of Shannon’s Hand Tool School where you can learn how to use hand tools and to build furniture with traditional methods.

 

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35 – Brian Benham

Brian makes some really unique and beautiful furniture. He also has a YouTube channel you can check out here.

 

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36 – The Unplugged Woodshop

Tom Fidgen is not only an author, musician, and a designer/maker but also another hand tool enthusiast teaching woodworking with hand tools in his home workshop in Toronto. I found Tom’s website through his YouTube channel so be sure to check out his videos too!

 

the-wildman-project

37 – The Wildman Project

Brian is currently in the transition between homes but after all of that is settled I’m looking forward to him getting back into sharing his projects with us. He’s got some great project articles on his site such as showing you step by step how to build a twin bed with a materials list, approximate cost, and SketchUp diagrams.

 

the-woodwhisperer

38 – The Wood Whisperer

I’m not sure if anyone reading this hasn’t found Marc’s website but for those who haven’t here is a great site full of useful woodworking education with a touch of personal humor. Lots to soak up here.

 

the-woodworking-trip

39 – The Woodworking Trip

Also known as SailingandSuch on YouTube, The Woodworking Trip is another woodworking blog started in 2008. The Woodworking Trip is a way of sharing his knowledge of woodworking with others. Just as myself, he learned everything he knows about woodworking from books and online research.

 

this-woodwork

40 – This Woodwork

Alex Harris started woodworking 6 or so years ago and started the TeenWoodworker YouTube channel to share woodworking and woodturning information which he has gathered along the way. His blog is an extension of his woodworking videos to offer project articles and plans.

 

tico-vogt

41 – Tico Vogt

Since 1983 Tico Vogt has made custom furniture and cabinetry for private homes, museums, corporate art collections and executive offices. I literally just lost 20 minutes of time reading a simple post about pruning pine trees. I’m enjoying a lot of his posts lately.

 

toms-workbench

42 – Tom’s Workbench

Tom has been woodworking in his garage woworkshop since 1998. During that time he’s learned a lot and tried to share what he knows with other woodworkers. He is also a frequent columnist for Wood Magazine writing under the nom du bois The Shop Monkey.

 

Wacky-Wood-Works

43 – Wacky Wood Works

This blog was started to show people woodworking can still be done even if you don’t have all the tools and as a journal of weekend activities and projects. It’s a reminder that everything can be done with a bit of though.

 

wilkerdos

44 – Wilker Do’s

April Wilkerson is the DIY’er behind Wilker Do’s. It’s a site where she has been able to share her woodworking hobby with all of us. As with most people these days she’s on a tight budget so her projects are resourceful and clever. Most all of her project posts are great picture filled tutorials.

 

woodchoppintime

45 – Wood Choppin’ Time

Chad Stanton is the host of Wood Choppin’ Time, owner of Stanton Fine Furniture, a Licensed Contractor, and a contributing editor for the American Woodworker Magazine. Chad takes a new approach to his woodworking videos believing people learn better when they are having fun. You might just want to dance after checking this site out…

 

woodgears

46 – Woodgears.ca

An engineers approach to woodworking. You will find some brilliant home made machines as well as a lot of technical projects and experiments here. If you have never checked out woodgears.ca make sure you have an hour to kill because it’s very easy to get sucked into all of the awesome content.

 

woodtreks

47 – WoodTreks

“WoodTreks” are video journeys for woodworkers, wood artists, and collectors of fine wood crafts, art, and furniture. Be inspired, learn how-to, and discover master artisans and their work.

 

woodworkingformeremortals

48 – WoodWorking For Mere Mortals

Arguably one of the most inspiring personalities in recent woodworking history Steve Ramsey has been showing us all that YOU can do woodworking. He has been encouraging people for years that they can make really cool stuff out of wood with very little expense and no experience. If you somehow haven’t heard of Steve or WoodWorking For Mere Mortals be sure to check out his blog and also his YouTube channel.

 

woodworks-by-john

49 – Woodworks by John

After 30 years of making custom, one of a kind pieces John retired in 2008 and has turned his blog into his full time endeavor. The quality of John’s work is top notch. This is another blog that I am enjoying reading through all of the previous content.

 

workshopshed

50 – Workshopshed

Diary and thoughts on setting up and using a small shed as a workshop. Another blog from an everyday person. Woodworking with a mix of interesting stuff in between.

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32 Comments

  1. Dean Stampfli

    Jay, I know you couldn’t include everyone – especially to keep the number a neat “50” – but I’d like to add Peter Galbert’s ChairNotes Blog as an honorable mention to your list. Pete is a world-class chairmaker, and many things he teaches can help woodworkers improve – even in non-chairmaking work.

    He is worth following. Thanks!

  2. Phil Sale

    I realise that you can’t include everyone, and there are some great names included, but I would certainly have put Izzy Swan and ‘ThinkWoodWorks.Net on the list!

  3. Anthony Hall

    Hello Jay,

    I’ve just started watching your YouTube channel. You are an excellent teacher and your skill with SketchUp has helped me tremendously as I initially found the program frustrating. You’ve certainly smoothed the learning curve for me and after two days of intense viewing I am using SketchUp to draw my projects.

    I just wanted to also add Frank Howarth (YouTube) to your list of woodworkers. He is a skilled woodworker who creatively produces fantastic videos that instruct and entertain.

    Cheers

  4. Dan

    Thank you so much for posting this list. I recently just had to un-follow my first blog because of his over-commercialization, and so I’ve had a rather big hole that needed filling. Except for the two on your list that (IMHO) over-commercialize, and the 6 or so that I was already following, I added every single one of the blogs in your list, including yours! (I found this post through Pinterest — who says that site’s only for the ladies?!?). Thanks so much.

  5. Claire

    Hey Jay. I also found it through Pinterest … and woodwork is my passion. Do you have an RSS feed so I can direct your blog to my blog reader of choice?

    1. Jay Bates

      Hello Claire. I actually do not have an RSS feed. Something went haywire a while ago and I haven’t been able to get it working since. I’m actually really shocked people still used RSS feeds. My apologies though.

  6. dan mosheim

    hi jay .. i just noticed that your post about the 50 woodworking sites is sending quality traffic to my dorset custom furniture blog. thanks for including me, and happy holidays! best of luck for the new year .. dan.

  7. Shella

    This is a cool list you have here! I know of some sites but it is always to learn a few more. It gives me additional reference material when I am in doubt or simply in need of new inspiration.

  8. Steven

    Thanks for sharing this list with us! I’m glad I stumbled upon this list when I badly needed new blogs to check out for inspiration and guide. Although some of them no longer update their blogs, too bad.

  9. Sarah

    Awesome list you have here! I follow a few of them already but I welcome a few more bloggers to add to my list to check out. It never hurts to have a few more blogs to read, right?

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