Canadian Woodworking

Behind the Bench webinars

Canadian woodworking 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.

Current Webinar

May 29: Tips and Techniques for Using a Router

Rob will cover a range of topics including: the dangers inherent in routing, personal protection, direction of movement, climb cutting and general usage tips.


Upcoming Webinars

June 18: Router Tables
Pros and cons, make vs purchase, the importance of a fence, using a mitre gauge on a router table, dust collection.

July 3: Other Router Accessories
Edge guide, circle cutting, 90-degree fence, slab-levelling, flush trimming solid edging, mortising (fancy and basic).

Our first webinar focused on wood finishing. Rob Brown, our print editor and owner of Equinox Interiors, talked about 4 easy-to-use finishes ideal for use in small shops. The webinar was divided into two parts, held over two evening session: Part 1: Solvent based and water based polyurethane and Part 2: Shellac and Hardwax Oil.

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 (Shellac flakes) (Seal Lac and Royal Lac pre-mixed shellac) (HWO) source:
Rubio Monocoat (HWO) source:

Webinar 3: Introduction to routers and router bits


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

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