Tools & Resources

Through the years of creating woodworking projects as well as creating online content I’ve tried a lot of products and services. This page is a list of the items that I currently recommend. I’ve personally used everything on this page. I will never recommend a product that I don’t like.

In the interest of full disclosure, most of the links on this page are affiliate links. That means if you purchase anything through the links I will earn a small commission. Your cost won’t change one way or the other so it’s an easy way of showing your support without any extra effort. Please do not purchase items you do not need simply because you would like to help out.


    • I have an Axiom AR8 PRO+ (24″ x 48″). It has a full 6” Z travel capacity, 3HP electro-spindle with integrated liquid cooling system, is prewired to accept the optional Rotary Kit for 4th axis cutting, has precision ball screws, prismatic guides, a robust steel frame, and interlocking aluminum table. Email me if you have any specific questions for me and click the image to learn more about Axiom.


  • “Where do you get your lumber?” This is a common question I get. I live in Starkville, MS, and get my lumber from City Hardwoods in Birmingham, AL. Great folks, great customer service, great selection, and great prices. If you happen to stop by their place be sure to tell them that Jay Bates sent ya. Not because I profit from their sales, because I don’t, but because as a small business owner myself I know how valuable it is to know where the traffic sources are coming from.

3d Modeling Software:

  • When it comes to free 3d modeling software there are two standouts that I recommend. Fusion 360 and SketchUp. I generally recommend SketchUp as the learning curve is smaller and it does everything I need it to do for woodworking. Fusion 360 is more advanced and has parametric options that are great but not a necessity for the vast majority of woodworking projects. If going the SketchUp route I recommend using the older SketchUp 8 version as it is still free for business use. Click here to learn more about Fusion 360. Click here to learn more about the latest free version of SketchUp Make. Click here for my SketchUp content with a download link to SketchUp 8.

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Editing Software: 

  • For video editing I use Adobe Premiere Pro. For photo editing I use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. For making PDF documents I use Adboe InDesign. All of which are available individually or as a bundle with all other Adobe products with an Adobe Creative Cloud membership. Click the Adobe banner to learn more about their software.

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