At last!

It’s been a long time coming. There’s been lots of blood, sweat and tears shed but it’s finally here. What is it you ask?

Well, it’s my first official DVD, Dovetailing Apprenticeship. After more than a few bumps in the road, the project has finally come to completion. You can purchase your very own copy on our website here.

Besides being lots of fun, making this video was a great learning experience for me. I’ve taught folks how to dovetail for the last 25 years or so. This is the first time I really thought about all the little steps it takes to reach a finished set of dovetails.

Consequently, the video is over an hour and a half long and is chock full of information. The video covers what tools you really need to cut dovetails successfully and continues through a quick sharpening primer and how to cut both through and semi-concealed dovetails.

With all that information in one video, you might think I’ve exhausted the things I’d like to tell you about dovetailing. Well, I haven’t. I already have plans for a follow up (a sequel if you like) video where I delve into more complex dovetails.

If you’re still with me on this post, you’ve probably already said to yourself “just what the world needs…another dovetailing video!” Under normal circumstances I’d agree but this video is different. My method is different. Like the title of this blog, Parings, my goal is to cut through all the nonsense out there and give you honest, straightforward woodworking techniques (yeah Glen, I left out the “no bull*&!$” part of the comment). No gadgets, no gimmicks and no sales pitch for any tool manufacturer. Other than the video, I’m not trying to sell you any products. I want you to learn the techniques. Once you have that part down, it won’t matter who’s products you use to get to the end.

Let’s face it, there’s a finite set of skills you need to develop in order to be a decent woodworker. How to cut tight fitting dovetails is only one of those skills. The techniques I teach in the video will help you do so much more than just cut dovetails.

As this year progresses, and I produce other videos for you, you’ll see that there are a number of skills that are repeated throughout the videos. Primary among those skills is sharpening (which will be the next video because there just aren’t enough sharpening videos on the market already). Through all the videos I’m producing you’ll see one common thread. I’m trying to give you a simple, common sense approach to the skill I’m helping you develop.

Once I figure out exactly how (I am a bit technologically challenged), I’ll post a segment of the video on either the blog or on the website so you can see exactly what’s going on. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Now it’s time for me to finish wrapping up my presentations for this weekends’ show in Somerset, NJ. I was asked to fill in for one of the normal presenters who is unable to make it to the show. Little do they know what they’ve unleashed. If you’re anywhere in the area, you might want to swing by the show for a day. I’ll be giving presentations throughout the day on dovetailing (of course), joinery in cabinet construction, inlay and I’m even doing an abbreviated version of my Secret Drawers presentation. The best part, it’s free with admission to the show.

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5 thoughts on “At last!

  1. Congrats on getting out the first video. For anyone on the fence about “yet another dovetail DVD”, I can say first hand that Chuck has a great method that I have not seen anywhere else that yields a great joint very quickly which bolsters your confidence to do it again.

  2. Just finished ordering it!

  3. This DVD shows why Chuck is a great teacher with a wealth of knowledge

  4. Thanks guys for the encouraging words. I’ve gotten a low res preview put up both here on the blog and on the website. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. I bought the Dovetailing Apprenticeship DVD at the Feb 2010 Somerset show after watching Chuck’s dovetailing seminar. ‘Looks like I might have a low serial number copy.

    I can’t compare it with any other DVDs, because I’ve never seen another video on the subject.

    Even though I’d hand-cut dovetails before, I bought the video because I liked what I saw Chuck demonstrate at the show. I wasn’t disappointed. I found it to be interesting and informative, and learned some techniques that were new to me.

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