Woodworker & Furniture Maker Matt Cremona Discusses Self-Teaching and Doing a Solo Video Show – The Busy Creator Podcast 61

Woodworker & Furniture Maker Matt Cremona discusses self-teaching and doing a solo video show

Matt Cremona (@MattCremona) is best known for his woodworking video channel on YouTube. Primarily self-taught, Matt challenges himself to build beautiful furniture, going so far as to cut and prepare the timber, documenting the forest-to-finished-piece process along the way.

Matt’s background is diverse, with previous work in software development, interface design, and economics. Together we discuss wood, carpentry and essential tools, and producing a weekly video show. Check out his videos and some of his work at MattCremona.com

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Show Notes & Links

  • Woodworking with Matt Cremona on YouTube
  • Matt calls himself a “furniture maker” because he doesn’t focus on pure design
  • Matt, a former software designer, learned to build and maintain homes by working for his landlord
  • Unlike most woodworkers, Matt will take a piece from forest to showroom.
  • Adam Smith wrote about the input of labour into the cost of goods
  • Matt studied Business Finance and Vertical Integration

"Everything I have that's useful in my day-to-day life ... I taught myself."

—Matt Cremona

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"Every time (timber) changes hands, the cost doubles."

—Matt Cremona

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"Geometry plays an incredibly large part in what I do."

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Tools

  • Milling machines such as jointers, planers
  • YouTube, for learning just about anything
  • A second monitor (the best tool for a digital workflow)
  • Display Fusion, and other Taskbar management apps for dual monitors
  • Evernote
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Stabilization Plugins
  • Saws – hand saw, circular saw, mitre saw

Techniques

  • Examine your material costs and where you can save money by producing your own
  • Hire a guy with a saw mill, rather than try to do that part yourself
  • Look for trees that have already fallen or been damaged
  • Publish a weekly update to force yourself to do something each week
  • Fight to have everything square from the start
  • Keep an old computer in your shop and look at your notes
  • Shop for used equipment, build your workshop slowly
  • Arrange your workshop around your workflow; place first-run tools closer to the door
  • Pick a first project before you choose your first tools
  • Bring a camera and record events … you never know when you’ll need the footage!
  • Learn to use the grain of the wood

Habits

  • Combine power tools with hand tools
  • Find the time that’s most productive for your (midnight–3:00am for Matt)
  • Prepare and eat pancakes every day
  • Answer email and connect via social early in the morning, get it out of the way
  • Map out “main goals” for each day

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