Go From "Never-Picked-Up-a-Drill" to "Accomplished Woodworker"

Discover how you can safely and affordably build incredible woodworking projects that will leave your friends and family stunned.....

.....and build them WITHOUT SACRIFICING TIME with your family, job, and other responsibilities

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Here's what my students are saying....

Hi, I'm Tommy Byers, founder of Out of the Woodwork.

Over the last few years I've taught woodworking to millions of people all over the world on my Out of the Woodwork Youtube channel and website.

Tens of thousands of people, of all skill levels, have downloaded my detailed woodworking project plans.

How Do Some People Seem to Have Endless Amounts of Time and Money to Learn and Pursue Woodworking?

If you're interested in building woodworking projects that you can be proud of without a long, frustrating, expensive process that takes weeks, months, or even years, whether you're a complete beginner or a skilled craftsman, then I've got something special for you today. 

But let me ask you this...

Have you been on social media and seen a friend, family member, or some social media woodworker post pictures or a video of the latest "thing" they just built? Everyone is oohh-ing and ahh-ing and gushing over it...

The piece of furniture or <insert project here> looks like it took hundreds of hours to make and you're thinking to yourself, "where in the world did they get the time to build that? They must have nothing else going on in their life..."

I mean, you've got some combination (or all) of:

  • a spouse or significant other
  • kids
  • a job
  • extended family obligations
  • sickness
  • other interests

Not to mention, even if you find some time, you really don't know where to start.

But, if you think about it, the person that posted that project probably has at least as many time-consuming responsibilities as you do....

...so, how do they do it? What's their secret?

Well, I happen to know the secrets (and they're stupidly simple)....

....because I have now, or have had, all of those responsibilities, but I've still built dozens of impressive projects in the last few years, most while filming the project and teaching how to do it.

The 3 Secrets to Building Amazing Projects, on a Budget, in the Midst of a Hectic and Busy Life 

Before we get into what you do need let's talk about what you don't need.

You don't need to:

  • have a huge shop full of expensive tools
  • neglect your other responsibilities in life
  • have a huge budget
  • take vacation days off of work (although that's a good way to spend them!)
  • stay up until all hours of the morning

A few years ago I started Out of the Woodwork and added an additional component to my life that sucked up a huge amount of time, in addition to all the responsibilities I listed before. 

I had a wife....

I had 3 young kids....

I had a full time job....

and I served at my church.

I didn't have it figured out, at first...

Heck, I didn't even know what I needed to figure out....

I had already found a good flow with building my own projects and balancing that with more important priorities in life.

After all, it helps me be who I need to be in other aspects of life if I can spend some time alone doing what I think is the greatest hobby on earth.

But, now I was adding so much more work on top of that hobby. If I wanted to finish anything within the current decade I needed to dig even deeper and uncover techniques that would help me maximize my time in the shop.

I messed up a lot, but eventually I learned how to manage my projects and time and avoid going over that fine line between recharging my mental batteries and neglecting my responsibilities.

You probably don't have a lot of free time and there seems to be so much to learn and do:

  • Woodworking skills to learn
  • Tools to learn
  • Project choice and design
  • Building the project

I want you to take the shortcut.

So, I'm going to share the 3 critical requirements I learned that you will need to build impressive woodworking projects in the midst of a hectic and busy life:

1. A Clear Project Direction

I have always fought the tendency to wander aimlessly around my garage shop trying to figure out what to do. 

It's easy to procrastinate, and even stress, about what the next steps will be without clear direction. 

Before you know it, your time in the shop is up and you haven't accomplished a single thing.

Having projects that are already designed, measured, tested, and documented saves an ENORMOUS amount of time. 

But, this isn't just:

  • having a project plan
  • or, a highlight video
  • or, a materials list

This means having:

  • Detailed plans that are easy to read, color-coded, and complete
  • A step-by-step video that shows you what to do and walks you through the techniques used to build the project
  • A complete list of everything you need to build the project - both tools and materials
  • All of the other training to show you how to do the things most plans and videos don't talk about

Nothing wastes more time than trial-and-error or having to stop, get in the car, drive to the hardware store, and buy "this-or-that" for the project.

...or, being told to "do a thing", but having no idea how to do that thing.

2. Attainable Projects That Still Look Professional

There are many woodworkers that love intricate, fine woodworking projects that can take hundreds of hours to build.....

....heck, I'm one of those woodworkers. There are times when I enjoy the process of a fine woodworking project.

But, most of us, (and even fine woodworkers, at times) want to enjoy building a project that can be done in a reasonably short amount of time. It doesn't need to have hand-cut joinery or a million different parts.

Having all of the information and training you need doesn't do a busy person much good if the project would take a master woodworker 300 hours to build.

The 6 projects I'm going to tell you about in just a minute are professional-looking and satisfying, but they're made with simple building techniques and tools.

3. All of the information and support you need, on-demand

One thing you'll quickly find out, if you attend in-person woodworking training, is that all of the instruction and good info is only as good as your memory or note taking ability. 

It's not like you can call the instructor at 8 pm on a Tuesday night (or ever) when you're having trouble deciding how to join two pieces of wood.

Much the same way that having a complete list of everything you need for a project saves you time, money, and trips to the hardware store, so does having your woodworking instruction and project explanations at your fingertips, 24 hours a day/7 days a week....forever. 

Additionally, if you had access to myself and a community of other woodworkers working on the same projects as you (or any other project, for that matter) and you were able to ask or lookup questions at any time, wouldn't that be valuable?

I've found that access and support are a vital component to working within a limited timeframe.

What About the Skills Needed to Build a Project

If you're a skillful woodworker that has graduated beyond the basics, I've got something special for you that takes your knowledge into account and we'll talk about that a little later. 

Right now I want to talk to the beginner and intermediate woodworkers....

You might be thinking,

"that would be great if I had all the projects with detailed plans and step-by-step walkthrough videos, but I don't know what tools I need or how to use them....

....or what wood to pick out....

....or what all of the woodworking jargon means.....

....or how to read plans....

.....or what finish to put on the project when it's done...."

If you have any of these questions, don't worry. What I'm about to show you will take care of all of that....


The Comprehensive Woodworking Course that Employs the Secrets to Building Impressive Projects in the Midst of a Hectic Life....

....and you don't need any experience, whatsoever, to get started


Even if you've never picked up a drill this course will help you become an impressive woodworker

Create professional-looking projects, step-by-step

Learn how to safely and accurately use your tools

Never guess about what to do next or how to do it

Join The Woodworking Academy

The Woodworking Academy will help you: 

  • Maximize your priceless spare time by knowing exactly what steps to take and how to take them
  • Create amazing projects, designed from the ground up just for this course, that your friends and family won't believe you built
  • Learn the only 5 power tools you need to start building impressive woodworking projects and watch detailed videos showing you how to use them correctly
  • Learn the ridiculously simple techniques master woodworkers use to get professional looking projects

Learn by doing and I'll show you exactly what to do...

This is as close as you can get to in-person, private lessons without actually being in the same room. It's like we're in the shop together as I guide you through the build.

The Woodworking Academy is centered around projects that I designed specifically for this course. I've never released these anywhere else . These are projects easily built in your spare time. 

We'll use basic techniques that are easy to learn at any skill-level and the projects look professional

None of these six builds takes longer than 2 or 3 evenings or a weekend, so you won't be sacrificing months or years of your spare time just to finish a single project.

And, you can access it at any time, anywhere that you can get an internet connection, forever.


The Projects

Each of these projects contains:

  • An in-depth, step-by-step walkthrough video series that follows along as I show you how to build every part of the project. These videos are shot in beautiful 4K and while they are very detailed, I keep things moving along so it doesn't get boring. All measurements are in imperial units and include the metric conversion on-screen. Every video in this course has FCC and ADA compliant English captions that can be turned on or off.
  • A step-by-step, detailed, downloadable plan in imperial and metric measurements with cut list, lumber layout, and a tools & materials list of everything you need to complete the build. Each plan has a US letter and A4 version for convenient printing.  
  • A list of the skills you will learn from the project with a summary of each.


A steady and essential shop helper with an option to make it mobile. This could be the first project you ever create. 

Here are a few of the many things you'll learn:

  • How to deal with twisted wood
  • The simple trick to get a level bench, every time
  • How to cut through wood that's too thick for your saw

Ledge Shelf

The perfect beginner project. This project will give you the confidence to tackle more involved builds later in the course.

Here are a few of the many things you'll learn:

  • How to join two pieces of wood together with glue and screws
  • How to sand "incrementally"
  • Why grain direction matters when sanding

Keepsake Box

For the sake of all your keeps. This is a versatile box that can be used in several ways. Here are a few of the many things you'll learn:

  • How adding a "reveal" creates a professional look
  • Why simply wiping away glue squeeze-out isn't enough
  • How to get pieces to fit perfectly
  • Why using a tape measure isn't the most accurate way to measure

Console Table

Is it a console, sofa, or hall table? All 3! Once you learn to build a simple table, you can build almost any table. Here are a few of the many things you'll learn:

  • A more advanced joinery method with wooden dowels
  • Why you can't just attach a table top to its base without thinking about grain direction
  • How to make a jig that helps you drill straight, consistent, repeatable holes

Geometric Decor

It's "angling" to be on your wall. This beautiful and interesting project is as much art as anything else. Here are a few of the many things you'll learn:

  • The simple step that will lead to perfect miter joints
  • How to measure a long distance by yourself
  • How to check a project for "square"
  • The invisible liquid that will make your stain look more professional


The Plans

Earlier, I mentioned the plans that are included with each project within your course. These plans are easy to read, color coded, and complete. And, as mentioned before, you'll get each plan in imperial and metric measurements.

They take you step-by-step through the project and contain a cut list, lumber layout, and a tools & materials list of everything you need for each build.

They'll be your companion in the shop, so reference them while you're working. And, with a version in both metric and imperial units you won't have to do any conversions. 

Because this might be the first time you've ever laid eyes on a woodworking plan, I've packed in a guide to reading woodworking plans that will get you up to speed. 


The Tools

What You Need, Where to Get Them, and How to Use Them

I want you to feel comfortable and confident when operating your tools. A major factor in getting things done with the precious little spare time you may have is knowing what you're doing.

 In the full Woodworking Academy course I've included a separate detailed video on each of the 5 power tools that we use in this course. These videos go over:

  • Safety
  • Parts & features
  • Blade selection
  • How to use the tool

I've also included a dedicated video on another vital component of woodworking - clamps. I'll show the different kinds, the ones you need and how many, and how to use them when building the amazing projects in this course.

In addition, I packed in a video about all the other tools and materials that we use in this course. From the type of pencil that works well to the screws you might want to use - I go over everything.

That's 7 total videos covering the tools and materials you need for this course.

You're not going to be left to figure it out alone. 

That sounds like it would give you everything you need to jump right into a project, right? Well, I've included something else...

It's easy enough to run down to the nearest home center and buy brand new tools, but not everyone will want to do that. So, I've included an additional section with my best tips on where to find tools, both new and used, with examples. I'll show you:

  • How to find tools up to 70% off 
  • How to ignore the tool "marketing hype" and save money
  • The place you should NEVER pay the sticker price for tools

I found some extremely affordable tools at second-hand stores and pawn shops, so you don't want to miss this.

What Other Skills Will You Need?

At one point, while I had my head down creating this labor of love, I came up for air and took stock of what I had. 

I wanted this course to be truly complete, so I added some additional trainings.

Choosing Wood For Your Projects

I thought about what it was like trying to find wood for my first projects.


Where do you go? What do you look for? There are stacks upon stacks of all sorts of wood at even the most basic home center. 

One of the projects I built early on was a blanket ladder my wife very sweetly asked me to build. I used basic 2x4s and 2x6s and then finished it with a dark walnut stain. I didn't know that construction-grade lumber like 2x4s and 2x6s could come in one of three different species of wood and there were so many stacks of wood at the home center that I didn't really pay attention to the difference in appearance.

The 2x6s I bought were nice and clean, but the 2x4s had a pink-ish tint. After finishing the project and applying the stain, it looked absolutely crazy. Imagine my frustration! 

I don't want this to happen to you, so I added a video in The Woodworking Academy that walks you through everything you need to know before choosing wood for your projects. I'll show you:

  • Why the way wood is stamped can predict how difficult it will be to work with
  • How to spot the straightest lumber (it's not the way you think)
  • How the design of your project depends on the wood you choose
  • How to save hundreds of dollars on lumber when you're first starting out
  • What "heartwood" and "sapwood" means and why it matters

Finishing Your Projects

Once you've gone through the effort and achieved the satisfaction of building one of the impressive projects in this course, the last thing you want is for the very last step to go wrong.

There are more finishes, and techniques to apply finish, than you'll probably every get a chance to try.


I've included yet another video in The Woodworking Academy to show you the most useful techniques as I apply them to the projects I built for this course.

I've also added another vital component that I hope you'll find helpful:

A full list of all the woodworking terms and phrases you'll encounter in this course, and beyond. 

I've included a summary explanation of each one that you can reference when you run into something you don't recognize.

One More Thing I Want You To Have...

You can certainly use this course in the comfort of your own home and learn to build impressive projects at your own pace without ever talking to another human being about it...

...but, we weren't meant to live life alone. How much less trouble would we have, if we would learn from the successes and mistakes of others and actively seek out advice from others experiencing what we're experiencing?

I want to offer you every opportunity to succeed, so I'm going to make myself, and all of the students taking this course, available in a central place online. And, I want to give this to you for Free.

This is not a group that exists on social media. No external social media account is required. 

This is a great-looking, user-friendly, feed-style community (not a "forum") where you can ask me and your classmates questions or just talk all things woodworking and DIY.



The Woodworker's Lab Community

  • Ask for tips or help with any project you're working on (whether it's in TWA¬†or not)¬†
  • Share pictures of your¬†progress
  • Discuss woodworking¬†news
  • Just talk shop
  • Make your way up the leaderboard and earn badges

This is a private, exclusive, closed group limited to those that purchase a course from the Woodworker's Lab and it will stay that way. No social media account required.


Here's What You're Getting When You Join The Woodworking Academy:

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The Woodworking Academy is so packed full to the brim with content that I want to be sure you have an opportunity to login and digest most of the material before you decide whether it's right for you.

Go through the course, build the projects, put in the work, and if you realize within the first 60 days that it's not working for you, just send me a quick email and I'll refund your money. No hard feelings.

60 days is a long time, but I want you to realize the dream of designing and building your own projects. So, if it's just not working, for whatever reason, it's more important to me that you have that money back to go and try to make it work somewhere else.

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How Much Does Something Like This Cost?

I truly want you to safely learn how to build stunning woodworking projects and still fully show up for the other parts of your life that are most important.

Also, times are tough, right now, so I'm offering this course package well within reach...

Let's talk about the other ways you could get woodworking instruction and training.

You can find a reputable woodworking school in the US, an institution really, that offers a 2 year cabinet and furniture-making program - basically, college for woodworkers.  

Yearly tuition is $25,500.

Tools cost $4000

Materials cost $3500

Optional Field Trips $300

You're all-in for $33,300 that first year and it's a 2 year program. Roughly $60,000.....yikes. 

To be fair, most students that attend a school like this are planning to make woodworking their lifelong career. But, even then, that large of an expense is tough to justify.

That won't work for most of us.

You could take a 5 or 6 day workshop to learn the "fundamentals". These classes start at around $1300 and you won't leave with any videos or documentation to refresh your memory except for the notes you take. You'll learn a lot, if you can always remember what you learned.

Woodworking stores have all sorts of different classes, if you happen to live near one. An 8 hour jewelry box class costs about $130 where I live. You'll have 3 or 4 people in your class, but it's pretty good in-person instruction and you get to make a jewelry box.

The problem with classes like these is that you only learn to make one thing....in this case, a jewelry box. And, you have to try and remember what was taught during the class to apply those skills to future projects when you won't have someone right there with you. You don't walk away with any material to reference later unless you took notes all day while hands-on with the project.

But, you could, theoretically, spend many hundreds or even thousands of dollars attending multiple classes until you learn foundational woodworking skills and committed them to memory.

...if you knew what classes to take and in what order.

The Woodworking Academy isn't a resident woodworking school, so you obviously aren't going to be expected to come up with $60,000.

It's not anywhere near the cost of a $1300, 5 or 6 day workshop that teaches the "fundamentals". 

If you were going to try and replicate this course, somehow, and attend 6 local woodworking project classes it would cost you about $800, based on what we discussed earlier. But, you wouldn't get any tool videos or plans or lifetime access to go back and revisit the instruction and training.

$800 is too much, anyway.

So, how much is The Woodworking Academy?

You can get instant, lifetime access to The Woodworking Academy Premium Bundle, including The Woodworking Academy Community as a Free bonus, for $249.

For the price of 2 or 3 local woodworking project classes, you can have this complete, end-to-end course that will take you from never-picked-a-drill, to an accomplished woodworker (all in your limited spare time). And, you can go back to it as often as you need to.

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  • 5 Projects With 11 Total Step-by-Step Videos¬†(Optional¬†Captions On Every Video In This Course)
  • 5 In-depth Plans¬†in Imperial & Metric Units
  • 7 Tool & Accessory Videos
  • "Where to Get Your Tools"¬†Tutorial
  • "Choosing Wood For Your Projects" Video
  • "How to Finish Your Projects" Video
  • Woodworking Terms & Phrases Glossary
  • BONUS: The¬†Woodworker's¬†Lab Community (No Social Media Account Required)

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The Choice Is Yours...

There are essentially two types of people....

Those that have a dream of achieving a skill and they do whatever it takes to develop that skill, honing it, becoming great at it, gaining confidence and impressing those around them.

And then there are the people that have the same dream, but instead of committing to achieve that dream, they turn on the TV or their phone and binge shows and movies in their spare time. Sure, everybody needs downtime to reset, and there's nothing wrong with the occasional show or movie, but some of us go from our job - to the couch - to bed - back to our job...

If you're reading this, there's a 99% chance you fall into the first category - a person that takes action. You've always wanted to learn how to create and build projects with wood or to even just to be "handy", but you're worried about neglecting your other responsibilities in life.

You want to be the person that doesn't need to call someone every time there's something broken around the house. You don't want to be forced to hire a $15,000 carpenter if you decide you want custom built-ins.

This is the way to have the best of both worlds:

  • be present for the most important things in life, first
  • still have time for a hobby and your mental health

Imagine yourself this time next year. You've gone through The Woodworking Academy course, built the 6 impressive projects, and then kept designing and buildingYour home is full of the projects you've made and every time someone comes over you hear, "Seriously? You made that? Where do you get the time?"

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