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  1. Dominic Bender
    April 25, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    Apart from the usual, really enjoying your videos, I can also say that I have found furniture like this to be really intimmidating to built, which is why I have not done so yet. I think that needs to change now. And I really need one of those – either a tapering jig or a sponsor, I have not decided yet.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    • David Taron
      May 11, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

      I agree with you on both parts, I enjoy the videos and have been intimidated by furniture like this. He made it look so easy and straightforward, I no longer have an excuse, even though the legs still scare me, to put it off and my daughter has just come to me asking for a desk just like this… So, here I go…

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  2. Unknown
    April 25, 2014 @ 12:37 pm

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  3. Unknown
    April 25, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    I posted this to your facebook page as well!
    Absolutely love your youtube site and website. You have said in a lot of your videos to make a mock up with google sketchup! Is that where you also make your templates for the projects you do? If so do you know of any good tutorial on using sketchup and how then to convert them to the templates?

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    • Malleus
      April 26, 2014 @ 5:44 am

      Sketchup is a free download. Google it and you will find a download link. There are lots of Sketchup tutorials. A search will find them.

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  4. FlyBoyJon
    April 25, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

    Great work as usual.

    I was thinking about the pocket screw issue as you were gluing in the spacers. 🙂

    Also, I have a question… Most furniture (antique/vintage at least) that has tapered legs only tapers the insides. Was there a motivating factor in your design to go with tapers on all four sides? Just curious.

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  5. mohsart
    April 25, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    And this goes for all commersials on otherwise good woodworking shows, or others whatever.
    I will NEVER buy a gripper or anything that looks like it!
    I understand that you need the ad money, Steve, but no, you may lose one viewer soon, and whatever I only bought a ouple of shirts from you, never donated, so I have no claims of you going on.
    I can’t say it better
    Your show is slipping, it’s not as it used to be. Sorry, but I will stop watching soon

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    • Ken Reighard
      April 25, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

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    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

      I understand about the Gripper and will probably never get one, unless I get a better table saw. I enjoyed watching New Yankee Workshop and I knew that I would never own the multitude of cool tools that Norm used, but I still enjoyed his show, picking up some techniques here and there. I enjoy Steve’s show and congratulate him for his increasing success.

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    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

      ok just because I am posting this anonymous this is coming from a real gripper user that paid hard earned money for a set….

      I understand people skepticism and yes I think the price point is too high but I would still buy again I just wish I could have 4 of them for the price you have to pay for two

      I saw the grippers at woodworking shows for years before I broke down and ordered a pair… watching other people demonstrate them make them look like a snake oil medicine salesman but you really have to feel them in you hands while you are making cuts….
      if you have ever experienced kickback on a table saw you will never want that to happen again and while the grippers to not solve every problem they solve the problem 33% of the time on my table saw and about 75 % of the time on the jointer and router table

      while I am not sold on the tapering jig I am not going to bad mouth it…. ads can be annoying but Steve’s program is free and it allows him to do his thing so we can watch… and I did learn more how it worked watching him demonstrate the new gadget.

      the great thing is you can watch 10 different people do the same thing 10 different ways on you tube and not all of them do it the correct way of best way every time but that is the point to learn and share

      so to anyone bad mouthing the grippers of the ads then as a gripper owner I would please ask you to stop being a griper even if you will never buy a gripper

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  6. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    I have always struggled with getting drawer slides lined up correctly. Saw a video on the ‘Net today installing drawer slides exactly as Steve did on this writing desk, it was an “Aha!” moment for me. Seeing Steve do it this way just confirmed this must be the way to install slides correctly. WWSD (what would Steve do?).

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  7. 7.62x54r
    April 25, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

    I guess if you never buy any tools that have ever been advertised then you do your woodworking with your fingernails.

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  8. Srhugo Boss
    April 25, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    Muchas gracias por tus videos son geniales..

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  9. Srhugo Boss
    April 25, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

    I like your videos I are very helpful for my projects in my house
    I hope you have written is my English learners XDXDXDXD

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  10. Gary Storme
    April 25, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

    One of the nicer projects you have made. Very basic, but quite attractive. Nice job, Steve.

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  11. Joe Pristach
    April 25, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

    Hey Steve….A cutting list would be great….

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  12. Malleus
    April 26, 2014 @ 5:51 am

    I liked the Gripper demo. Tapering the table legs on all 4 sides was a good way to demo the Gripper’s capabilities. I think you can demo all the cool tools you want to.

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  13. Myeloman
    April 26, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    I noticed the closed captioning here and, this is just me, but it distracts me from watching the video. Then I watched this on YouTube directly and there were no closed captions (I’m on my iPad). I’m not trying to be critical, I’m just offering a tip in case there are other folks who find the closed captioning distracting. For what it’s worth I think it’s a great idea and helps to expand this hobby/profession that all of us here love and I’m glad that you (Steve) are going above and beyond to make woodworking as accessible as possible to everyone. I just found that I was drawn to read the words and found myself missing what you were doing. That’s all. I know it was distracting because I don’t “need” them so I’m glad that by watching it on YouTube directly I can avoid them. Again, just posting to inform others who may happen to be of a like mind that there’s a way to avoid it.

    Please keep up the great work Steve, you’re inspiring me to rebuild my shop and get back to woodworking after a long struggle with cancer.

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    • Brian
      May 31, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

      Closed captions can be distracting until you become hard of hearing. And then it is priceless.

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  14. woodworking dentist
    April 27, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

    Nice project Steve. Keep’em coming. I’ve been following you for several years now and you seem like a really nice, sincere guy. I respect your work with charities. I respect that your drive is to get the message out that wood working can be for everyone, from using free/scrap wood to plywood to exotics. Don’t worry about the haters. There’s always a few.

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  15. Gary Beasley
    April 30, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    Writing desk like a raven, hmm. Gotta have something to do with Poe.

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  16. Mike
    May 10, 2014 @ 12:51 am

    For those of you who do not like the fact that Steve has sold out and is hawking the wares and services of these companies…. you need to go back and watch some very old videos of his…. The very first video of his I saw was about 4 years ago, and it was for the Kreg Jig…. Every time you see him use his Router Table you see the Kreg table insert…. Bla bla bla…. What this man does is not cheap. He takes a day of his live (probably longer with editing and now with multilingual captioning) and then consider the quality of the videos…. these arent being shot with an iPhone 4….
    The way I see it, it could be worse, he could be putting adverts all over the screen and constantly be talking about the advertisers. He isnt and doesnt. He does take a moment to share what he is listening to and lets you know the current deal with the audio advertiser he has and that is kind of done as a “Oh crap I forgot to plug them…. ” but i dont see it interfering with the content of the video.
    As for the Grrr Ripper… I do not own one, but I will. I will find someone who is selling theirs (Which speaks of itself there that there isnt a large market of used grrr rippers for sale) or find someplace that is going out of business. For as often as I do use my table saw, I cant see paying retail for them…. but being someone who has experienced kick back…. I do not want it to happen again.

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  17. Anonymous
    May 15, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

    I love this desk and I want to make one. Soon… As for the ads and product placement: virtually ANY video on youtube is likely to have ads or product placement in it. These ads and sponsors are what allow Steve to do this full-time and not have to have a “normal” job. I say good for him! If I could do it, I would!

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  18. Brian Spencer
    May 24, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

    Do you have lumber list?

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  19. Denise Dudley
    July 30, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    I like to see you using tools like the gripper. It gives me a chance to see how they are used and then I can decide if I have a need for them. I am very new to woodworking and find WWMM very informative. I have made purchases I would not have made had I found your site sooner. Now that I have hopefully no more regrets on future tool purchases. Definitely buying a pair of those grippers!

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  20. Anonymous
    September 24, 2014 @ 11:38 am

    SketchUp file is not available, still need cut list please

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  21. joe
    October 15, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    Did you joint and plane the 1×4 pine boards before glueing? I’m curious because I don’t have a jointer or a planer and I really want to take a crack and building this. Thanks!

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    • Garrett Mercier
      October 22, 2014 @ 7:28 am

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    • Garrett Mercier
      October 22, 2014 @ 7:31 am

      If you don’t have a planer or jointer, just buy finished boards, or boards with 3 sides finished, and you can finish off that last side with a table saw.

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  22. Roberto Arce
    October 21, 2016 @ 4:56 am

    Muchas gracias

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  23. Cire Namreg
    November 26, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

    A raven is like a writing desk because they both collect junk.

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  24. Chris
    January 10, 2017 @ 7:42 am

    Love your videos and how you break down each step, good info and entertaining.
    As far as the comments on closed captions.
    “Closed captions can be distracting until you become hard of hearing. And then it is priceless.”
    X10000000000000

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  26. John Wick
    July 31, 2018 @ 1:18 am

    Doesn’t anyone do real woodworking anymore, seems like everyone uses the pocket joint instead of mortise and Tenon.

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    September 28, 2018 @ 1:43 pm

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