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A Week In The Workshop 162



Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a good week and are having a fabulous weekend.


So that was my claim to fame for this month, getting name-checked - eventually - on the #FineWoodWorking #ShopTalk podcast where they were discussing life without a #tablesaw, ironically at a time when I’m considering one; I don’t think they’ve quite got the idea behind the basic builds series tbh, but so it goes.

So yes, not a whole lot to say about work stuff really as you’ve been following along with the table build you’ll have seen most of what’s been going on.

The table build video seems to be sinking without trace - the folks watching seem to really like it, but just not many people are watching, compared with others. I’ve mentioned before that build videos generally just don’t seem to play well to the YouTube audience. It’s weird, I’ve chatted to others about this and they all say much the same, that builds are the most requested type of video, but they just don’t get the views, unfortunately, and like it or not it’s the views that are what keeps the channel ‘relevant and recommended’ from YouTube’s point of view.


Early days of course, and I’m not writing anything off just yet - there’s thumbnails and descriptions to tweak, all that nonsense - but generally the ones that do well tend to start well…

In other news - and unrelated to the current dip, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while - I’ve decided to take some time off from posting to YouTube in January. I’ll still be doing the member videos here of course, just not any public ones; this follows on from the Nottingham YouTuber conference I attended in October, where there was much reference to ‘refilling the well’ a slightly pretentious way of talking about taking a break! I’ve posted publicly for six years without missing a scheduled slot, so I think it’s time.


And finally, congratulations to John Collins, who’s name popped up on the spinny wheel for the CTS hose and connectors giveaway - I’ll be in touch shortly and will get this out to you as soon as I can, Royal Mail shenanigans notwithstanding.


Thanks as always for being here, and I’ll catch you in the week.

Peter


Fine Woodworking Shop Talk Live ep. 280 - https://youtu.be/0_U9jQqOXEY


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It would be interesting to know if there is a difference between the relative success between subscribers and non-subscribers on the more and less successful videos? Enjoy your break, it is important to recharge both personally and creatively

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petermillard
petermillard
Dec 13, 2022
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Thanks Robert. Certainly for the very successful videos they skew towards non-subscribers - broader appeal = larger audience - and it’s something I generally look at in a bit more detail in the annual review every January. 👍👍

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Paul
Paul
Dec 12, 2022

You deserve the time off, so taking a break in January makes total sense. Relax, reorganize and recharge.


I don't know why the build videos wouldn't get more views. I always learn something from them and find them very helpful and entertaining. Bourbon Moth, Michael Alm, Paskmakes, Bob at I Like To Make Stuff et al., all they do are build videos. Before you stopped doing jobby jobs, lots of your videos were builds, so maybe it's consistency?


Speaking of build videos, I would be very interested in the build with different ways of doing drawers. Drawers and slides are something I always seem to have difficulties with. Seeing how you handle the different types would be great! I'm especially…


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petermillard
petermillard
Dec 12, 2022
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Thanks Paul! Yes, you might be right about consistency; when I was doing jobby job type work I just shot video of whatever was going through the workshop, whereas now I have more time to think about it - and dwell on it, lol! Cheers, Peter 👍

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being a fairly newbie to the how to videos a continuation of the basic build series would be great. the cabinet with different drawer types/sizes would also be of interest as everyone needs shop cabinets. keep up the great videos and enjoy a break over Christmas/new year.

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petermillard
petermillard
Dec 12, 2022
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Thanks Joe! 👍👍

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Hi Peter, yes doesn't do any harm to take some time for yourself, everyone needs a rest.


I imagine trying to keep to a schedule and put out original videos every week can be quite taxing and difficult, not every video is going to be a home run as you've already done so many brilliant ones . You reeled me in with the festool vs cheap tool series, and kept me with what you could achieve the mft and tracksaw.


I liked the Mondrian table, I thought it was great, it shows you are trying to do something different and explore your creative side and challenge yourself more with different things.


I'd like to see more along those lines of…


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petermillard
petermillard
Dec 12, 2022
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Thanks James! It’s been much more comfortable since I went to a fortnightly schedule tbh, and I don’t think I’ll be doing this ‘post weekly for Q4’ thing again. I may try a few different things, but the ‘repair shop’ type of videos I tried didn’t go down well and the channel took a couple of months to recover, so I’ll be a little cautious about them! 👍

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Phil McClure
Phil McClure
Dec 11, 2022

I watch different woodwork channels for different reasons. If it’s of any help, here are the reasons I started watching your channel:


* Real world examples of building cabinets on the job (back when you were doing this)

* Use of an MFT in the workshop

* Working in a very small workshop

* Useful jig builds For contrast, I watch Foureyes Furniture (among others) purely for their furniture builds.

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petermillard
petermillard
Dec 12, 2022
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Thanks Phil! 👍

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