MWA Podcast Episode 20 – Special Guest Chuck Bender


  • Things online that piqued our interest
    • Google Launched the “Communities” in google+ which looks like it will be a great place for topical conversation, like forums, and social sharing, like G+ or twitter, but allows for moderation, and for communities around a specific topic, like woodworking, so there’s much less unrelated noise to filter through.  We’ve set up a community for the Modern Woodworkers Association which we’ve shared on FB, G+, Twitter, and will add a link to from our homepage. Another great community for woodworking is the “woodworking” public community. Worth checking it out.

  • Goings on in the MWA
    • We’ll be publishing our first newsletter
    • We’re planning meetups at the various sites for the Woodworking Shows. If you want to help organize a meetup in your area for the shows, send us an email to

    • Chuck first answered our standard 5 questions. Then we went into his work.

    1. how did you get into woodworking?
      1. He learned as a boy by starting off making a skateboard
    2. what’s your favorite tool?
      1. His Daed Tool Works Smoother
    3. who has influenced you the most?
    4. What was your biggest stumbling block & could it have been avoided?
      1. Learning to Carve, as it wasn’t part of his training (and Making Money as a furniture builder)
      2. Get out of your comfort zone
    5. How has the internet influenced your work?
      1. exposes to more people, lead him to re-examine how he teaches and does things

  • Next broadcast’s topic
    • Join us Wed 12/26 when We’ll be talking bits and blades with Dave from Infinity



Chuck Bender's Bermuda Dovetails


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