Behind the Bench webinars

Behind the Bench webinars are hosted by studio furniture maker and Canadian Woodworking magazine editor Rob Brown. Join us for entertaining, informative and educational skill enhancing webinars.

These webinars are an exclusive free benefit for Canadian Woodworking members. If you are a member you will receive a digital invitation to all Behind the Bench webinars.

If you are not a member and would like to attend these webinars join now.


The webinars begin at 7:00 pm EST and last for about 1 hour. At the end of each webinar is a question and answer session.

Next Webinar

July 3: Router Accessories

Edge guide, circle cutting, 90-degree fence, slab-levelling, flush trimming solid edging, mortising (fancy and basic).

Upcoming Webinars

Our webinars will start up again in September 2024.

Past Webinars

Webinar 1: Solvent based and water based polyurethane


Finishing Touch: Film finishes
Finishing Touch: Waterborne finishes

Webinar 2: Shellac and Hardwax Oil



Finishing Touch: Shellac – a no-fuss finish
Shellac mixing chart
Shellac: The best finish ever?
French polishing
How to apply a beautiful shellac finish (video)

Hardwax oil

Finishing Touch: Hardwax oil

General finishing

Finishing Touch: Introduction to wood finishing
Why apply a finish (video)
General Finishing Tips (video)
Brushes for applying a finish

Finishing products

WoodEssence.com (Shellac flakes)
Woodchuckers.com (Seal Lac and Royal Lac pre-mixed shellac)
Osmo.ca (HWO) source: LeeValley.com
Rubio Monocoat (HWO) source: WoodShedLumber.com

Webinar 3: Introduction to routers and router bits

Webinar 4: Tips and techniques for using a router

Webinar 5: Router tables


General articles

Routing Basics – Part 1
Routing Basics – Part 2: The Router 
Top 10 tips for using a router – Part 1
Top 10 ways to amp up your router game – Part 2
Mid-sized routers  
Know your tools: Fixed base routers
Know your tools: Trim routers

Router bits

Routing Basics – Part 3: Straight Bits 
Routing Basics – Part 4: Edge Profiling Bits 
Routing Basics – Part 5: Joinery Bits 
Routing Basics – Part 6: Specialty Bits

Router jigs

3 simple (yet essential) shop-made router jigs 
Template Routing
Dustless routing is at hand! 
Routing Bits, Jigs and Accessories 


Router Bits – Profile/Edge Treatment
Router Bits – Specialty
Router Bits – Straight


Types of routers
Six essential router tips
Two shop made router jigs
Introduction to router bits
Router bit types – specialty bits
Router bit types – standard bits
Router table split fence

2021 Tool of the Year Award Candidates

Here you will find the candidates for the 2021 Tool of the Year Awards.

Choices for HAND TOOL of the Year

Veritas Side-
Clamping Honing Guide
Milwaukee lights
Milwaukee Rechargeable
Magnetic Headlamp

DeWALT ToughSeries 25′
Measure Tape
Woodriver clamp
WoodRiver Quick Twist
Bar Clamp
Malco pliers
Malco Eagle Grip Pliers
Veritas hand plane
Veritas Bevel-Up
#1 Plane
Viking arm installation tool
Viking ARM
Installation Tool
Leatherman Curl
Leatherman Curl

Choices for POWER TOOL of the Year


festool track saw
Festool TSC 55 Cordless Track Saw
Dewalt 5-in-1 drill
DEWALT 12V 5-in-1 Drill/Driver
milwaukee pinner
Milwaukee M12 23 Gauge Pin Nailer
worx circ saw
WORX Nitro 20V 4-1/2″
Compact Circular Saw

Castle pocket hole machine
Castle 110 Pocket Cutter
Drill Doctor 2
Drill Doctor X2
Husqvarna chainsaw
HUSQVARNA 445 Chainsaw
Metabo plunge router
Metabo 36V Cordless Variable Speed Plunge Router
Oneida BenchTop Personal DC
King Canada 8349QR
King Canada Variable
Speed Multi-Tool Kit

Choices for MACHINE of the Year

Grixxly air compressor
Grizzly PRO 30-Gallon 1.6 HP Portable Air Compressor
Laguna Jointer
Laguna JX|8 QuadTec Jointer
makita miter saw
Makita 40V MAX XGT Brushless 10″ Mitre Saw with Wireless Auto-Start
powermatic drill press
Powermatic 1HP 20″ Drill Press
South Bend bandsaw
South Bend 16″
Resaw Bandsaw
metabo miter saw
Metabo 12″ Dual Bevel Compound Miter Saw
woodmizer planer jointer
Wood-Mizer MP160 Jointer / Planer
milwaukee power source
Milwaukee MX FUEL CARRY-ON 3600W/1800W Power Supply
King Canada 12HJPC
King Canada 12” Industrial Jointer/Planer with Spiral Cutterhead

Choices for ACCESSORY of the Year

Kreg Pocket Hole jig
Kreg Pocket-Hole
Jig 720
dewalt battery
DeWALT Powerstack
CMT saw blade
CMT Ultra-Finish
10″ Saw Blade
woodpecker drill guide
Woodpeckers Auto-Line
Drill Guide
Walabot DIY 2
Stud Finder
ISOtunes Link
Bluetooth Earmuffs
clc work bags
CLC Heavy Duty
Molded Work Bags
paintline pro drying rack
PaintLine Pro
Drying Rack EX
Wilton Vise
Wilton Multi-Purpose
Bench Vise

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