Wood Yak is a virtual woodworking conference that focuses on the making of furniture, cabinets and decorative objects. The focus of Wood Yak will be on woodworking education through a series of presentations by a variety of experts.
Conferences like this are expensive to host in-person, and the prices for travel, room, and the board can be prohibitive. Hosting an event like this virtually is more inclusive and can reach more people. Attendees can view from the comfort of their own homes or shops.
** Click on each speaker to learn more about them and their Wood Yak Presentation
Design Is Everything
All About Back Saws
In this presentation, Mark will cover:
The Secrets of Veneering
Ever wonder why those woodworkers who veneer keep veneering? We “veneerists” have a few secrets and some tricks up our sleeves. It’s simple really. Veneering is not as hard as you may have thought nor does it have to be expensive. It truly is an amazing way of woodworking with some of the most beautiful woods and most of all, it’s just a lot of fun.
Join Steve as he dispels some of the myths and shares the secrets and tricks letting you create beautiful pieces with a whole new palette that is available with veneers.
The Fundamentals of Kumiko
In this presentation, Matt will explain how to make a square Kumiko frame, and demonstrate the process for making the asa-no-ha infill pattern. He will also discuss which woods are ideal for Kumiko and the tools you need to make it. Lastly, Matt will show examples of panels that he has made as decorative art, and how he has used them in furniture.
When Precision Counts & When it Doesn’t
While it may be true that a good carpenter measures twice, woodworkers are most accurate when they don’t use a ruler at all, but instead pull measurements directly from the piece they’re working on. However, precision measuring tools normally found in a machinist shop can save the day in any wood shop. As someone who straddles the line between woodworker and luthier, Ben Strano has found that he rarely uses the scale on his trusty combination square, but he does keep a pair of digital calipers within arms reach.
In this presentation, Ben will discuss:
Simple Surface Preparation
The one-step that can make or break any woodworking project is surface preparation. Poor sanding techniques or improper plane or scraper set-up can spell disaster. Vic will take you through the steps to get your surfaces up to snuff and ready for finish. He will explore smoothing planes and how to get the most out of them. When a smoother is not the way to go, Vic will look at various types of scraping tools and how to set them up properly. Finally, he will talk about sanding including power and hand techniques, dust collection, and tips for efficient work. Don’t miss the chance to level-up your surface prep game!
Getting Started with Spray Finishes
To participate in the Virtual WoodYak, you do NOT need to download any software or have any extra attachments within your computer. Our platform runs on one single and easy to access website.
If you wish to ask any presenter questions, you can type in that chat OR connect a webcam and microphone to join live to ask your question.
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