Making WWMM: How I make my videos and the gear I use.

Making WWMM: How I make my videos and the gear I use.

I get a lot of questions asking about how I make my videos and design my projects. So I thought I would take you behind the scenes for my final 2016 video and show you a typical week at WWMM, from project idea and design to uploading the final video.

Thank you for all your support this year and Happy Holidays!

Links to the gear I use:

Canon EOS T5i
18-135mm zoom lens
10-18mm zoom lens
Adobe Creative Cloud
VEGAS Movie Studio 13 Platinum
Rode Shotgun mic
GoPro Hero 4
Ravelli 70” tripod
StudioPRO s-600b Photo lights
T-8 Flourescent Bulbs

10 COMMENTS

  1. Love your videos.
    You have definitely made me a lot more interested in woodworking
    Watching your videos give me the feeling that I can make that.
    I made the cat and dog toddler chairs and was able to bless our church with a couple of them
    I am teaching myself woodworking from watching videos like yours and others.
    You are one of my favorites you seem like a real down to earth kind of guy.
    Thanks Mike.

  2. I’m addicted to your site and your videos! I’m a new woodworker with few tools and space limitations. Your site and videos (and personality) have helped me overcome the anxieties of beginning a technical hobby. The videos you post are easily accessible, searchable, and entertaining. Your “stories” are expertly communicated and quickly understood, and you know your audience well. I appreciate the time and effort you give to reaching myself and others like me. Thank you.
    I wish you good luck, health, and happiness in the coming year.

  3. Thanks for the inspiration you have given me to reengage with the hobby of woodworking. Best wishes for joyful holidays.
    Rick

  4. I stumbled upon your site as I was researching techniques to make a computer storage cabinet for my middle school classroom and I can’t get enough of your videos. Really awesome work your doing here.

    I have a question about your 3D design program, Sketch Up Make. I’m currently using FreeCAD to model my cabinet. As the name suggests, it is freeware and it works fine, but I’m always looking for user friendly and efficient methods whether in woodworking or computer programs. What do you like most about Sketch Up Make that makes it your go to modeling software?

    • AJ, if you or any of the other guys that are interested and want to find out about and learn Sketch Up fast and easy check out Sketch Up For Woodworkers on You Tube. The lessons have been around for a while and some of the processes have been updated but they’re still some of the best and easiest to follow for absolute beginners. I struggled with the “official” beginning lessons, they went too fast for me and seem to expect you have a certain amount of knowledge of the subject before you start. Bob takes you from ground zero to drawing and dimensioning a night stand and able to print an exploded diagram and working drawings in a couple of hours. My brother worked as a CADD designer in an R&D department for a large corporation and was totally blown away at the fast learning curve. He said that he spent over a month in a CADD design and drawing course in Chicago a number of years ago and this Sketch Up video had him doing things in the first 20 minutes that they didn’t touch in the course for three weeks!

  5. Tried to make a band saw box…and I messed it up…could not get my band saw to cut the curves…therefore a broken blade!!!!!! Help

    • Curtis, it sounds like you are trying to make a tight cut with a blade that is too wide. I see this all the time in videos where these guys are trying to cut curves with a 1/2″ blade and the guide is 4″ above the work and just cringe. When making band saw boxes you need to have a narrow blade, 1/8″ is best. Don’t buy cheap blades good blades aren’t very expensive and will save you a lot of time and frustration. Sawblade.com is a good resource or Rockler, do some comparison shopping. Tension the blade properly, nice and tight, set the upper blade guides as close to the workpiece as you can without interfering with a clear sightline to the workpiece and take your time and let the blade set the speed of the cut. Remember you’re cutting through a lot of material and forcing the workpiece through the wood will jam the blade with chips causing extra friction and excessive heat in the blade causing the metal to heat up and fail. Oh, make some test pieces and practice, practice, practice. Happy woodworking.

  6. I’ve been watching for many years and I have seen the progression in production quality over time. It’s clear that you have invested a lot of blood, sweat, and tears and you should know that it shows! You must be proud that you have built what is clearly a successful business and terrific site!
    Keep up the GREAT work!

  7. Just found your videos and love them! You’ve got a great DJ/announcer voice. I feel like I am watching an actual HGTV show–very well done. Comedy is not corny–very natural. I’m a graphic/web designer by trade but love making things in general. I’m impressed with your knowledge and use of Adobe programs too–you go boyeeee! Glad I finally found you–can’t wait to binge watch and learn more.

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