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The Woodworking Podcast –

The Woodworking Podcast is a casual conversation with Jay Bates, April Wilkerson, and Nick Ferry to discuss pretty much anything woodworking related. Originally Nick’s idea, the plan to go forward with the podcast was primarily due to all of the community support and encouraging feedback. Speaking of feedback, if you have any topic suggestions or questions you would like answered on the show please fill out our Contact Us form. As of right now we are on a bi-weekly schedule, however, with enough support we would be able to make more frequent episodes. The three of us have been friends for a couple of years and all have our own woodworking websites where we produce videos, articles, and plans for the woodworking community. Here’s a short bit about each of us.

Jay Bates –

Hey folks! I started woodworking as a hobby on and off between 2008 and 2012. On December 8, 2012 I uploaded my first video to YouTube and was hooked due to the community interaction. A few months later in March, 2013 I started my own website and since have published over 500 posts. Since the start of my website I focused on turning my woodworking hobby into an online business and on August 22, 2014 I was finally able to quit my day job to work for myself full time as an online content producer. I absolutely love the constant challenge and pressure of working for myself and the fact that I am able to communicate with and positively impact so many nice people around the world via woodworking is one of the most rewarding feelings ever. If you ask others I think they would say that I’m probably most known for making projects out of readily available construction grade lumber. If you’d like to take a look at my woodworking check out my website or click on the Jays Custom Creations button on the side of this website.

Nick Ferry –

I have been into tools and tinkering as far back as I can remember.  I started woodworking when I was 12 and started a woodworking/craft business less than a year later with a friend.  It wasn’t anything special and didn’t last too long.  We mostly made small items like oak shelves and candle holders.  I was the type of child to get a r/c car or toy and want to take it apart right away to see how it worked.

I was lucky enough that when I moved from middle school to high school my shop teacher transferred schools too.  So I ended up having the same shop teacher for 7 years.  This was nice as we had already built a good rapport.  If not for him I most likely wouldn’t be as into building things as I am today.  When I was in 7th grade my mother actually called my shop teacher to have him tell me not to pursue woodworking because it was too dangerous.  Luckily he didn’t listen to her.  Now with kids of my own I can see where she was coming from, but with the right appreciation for tools and what they can do, I don’t see them as any more risky than most other things in life.  The use of uncommon common sense is key.

I love to learn new techniques and methods in any form of creating things.  I believe that people who tinker, have brains that are like sponges and are always wanting to learn more about the things around them.  Can I design that, can I build it?  Well, there is only one way to find out!  Find me at

April Wilkerson –

Hey there. I picked up my first tool in January of 2013 and dove head first into making without knowing anything about tools, materials, or building. I had a ton of motivation and a stubbornness to figure out how to build the things I wanted but couldn’t afford. Now three years later, even though I’m now in the position to buy the things I need, I much prefer to build them. It’s my goal to be able to look around my home and it be hard to find something I didn’t build. Of course, I have a ways to go. Shortly after I started making things, I started putting together a written how-to so that I could pass along information to anybody that was interested in maybe doing the same project. One thing lead to another and a year later I started making video tutorials and now it’s my full time job. I stick to building the things I want or need in my life but I bring a camera along because sharing the information on how I completed a project has become just as big of an obsession as doing the actual projects. If you would like to view some of my projects then check out Outside of woodworking I am a wife who enjoys cooking, anything outdoors and am learning to play the violin.