189 – Update: December Giveaway & The Woodworking Rock Star

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Update: This contest is closed & our winners have been randomly selected from the hundreds of comments made in the month of December. Congrats to the lucky winners!

TWW USB Stick: Kurt Hampe
TWW USB Stick: Randy Johnson
David Marks DVD Set: Keith Brann
David Marks DVD Set: Rob Triplett
Yonico Router Bits: Eddie Wildsmith
ArborTech TURBOPlane: James Moore

It’s the time of year for giving so we really kicked things up a notch for December’s Giveaway. Let’s dig in! And be sure to watch the full video so you can see Nicole and our latest addition to the Wood Whisperer cast, the Woodworking Rock Star!

David Marks DVD 2-Pack

First up is the David Marks DVD 2 pack. The DVDs include the first season of Woodworks and David’s Double Bevel Marquetry DVD (over $100 value!). We’ll pick one lucky winner who will receive BOTH of these awesome DVDs.

Yonico Router Bits

Next we have an incredible set of router bits. Three sets in fact! Our friends at Precisionbits.com. are offering up a straight dado set, a roundover set, and a cove set.

TWW USB Sticks

To celebrate a new item in the TWW Store, we are going to give away 2 TWW 8gb USB sticks. We also packed these bad boys with some classic Wood Whisperer episodes for your enjoyment!

Arbortech TURBOPlane

And finally, we are giving away an Arbortech TURBOPlane blade! If you ever wanted to get into free-form carving or something like scooping out chair seats, the TURBOPlane is the way to go. Let the Woodworking Rock Star show you how cool it is!

How To Enter

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave comments here at TheWoodWhisperer.com! As always, fluff comments like “Pick me!” or “I’m in!” won’t count. We have tons of videos and articles in the archive for you to check out so jump in and leave a comment. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! International entries are welcome. Good luck!!!

Are you interested in offering something up for our giveaways? contact us for further details and information.

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  1. Mike December 6, 2012

    Marc, it is really cool that you are giving this stuff away. I enjoy your videos and your website. Thanks for everything you provide to the woodworking community.

    • Ross December 7, 2012

      Is Marc wearing a white t-shirt under than his rock star black shirt?

      • James December 9, 2012

        Great shop, great podcasct.

    • Robert caridi December 11, 2012

      First of all I just want to say great job. I’m really not even interested in participating in this raffle I just want to say that you videos are great. I have been very handy my whole life and I got really into woodworking about last year and err since then I have been cranking out stuff out of my (dads) shop and its awesome! Anyways I know your prop ably not going to reply but again I just wanted to say keep up the great work and keep the informative videos coming because i know for a fact I will be watching and in sure others will follow.

      • Robert caridi December 11, 2012

        Ps I’m jealous of your shop haha. The one machine I really hope to aquire is the lathe. Also if you have any more changing projects if possible please post a video because I’m looking for a challenge…also try and incorporate some walnut because I have extra laying around thanks again.
        Robert Caridi

  2. Gabe December 6, 2012

    Wait, is this shot in the new shop? If so, what did you put on the walls (over the drywall?). If not, what did you put on these walls? Looks very wood-shop-y.

    Also, PICK ME, I’M IN!! :P

  3. Real woodworking rock stars have a miniature stone henge to dance around!

  4. Paul Jordan December 6, 2012

    The arborTech will be like a dream come true because I have been planning on making some spoons to sell

  5. treefrogfurniture December 6, 2012

    LOL great video, if you look at @the 6:40 mark it looks like Nicole has a wagging tail. Nice to see a little sawdust hit the floor in the new shop.

  6. paul jordan December 6, 2012

    is this what “pimping” a workshop looks like?

  7. Jim Dockrell December 6, 2012

    Your “history” of wearing Nicole’s clothes???? Marc! your a kinky little fella, aren’t you?

  8. Gerard C. December 6, 2012

    Marc, My Father and I are learning woodworking together each of us brandy new to the craft. We find your Videos extremely helpful, informative and entertaining. Watching your videos on the free site have given us countless ideas, and have proven to be nothing short of inspiring. The comedy you bring to your shop is part of what makes your whole business and technique so successful. I for one am very envious of that beautiful new shop of yours and you deserve every square inch of it for all of your hard work! Your family involvement in the craft and willingness to give back are all things that we, your audience can relate to and I find quite humbling. Here’s to Happy, Healthy Holidays to you, Nicole, and Mateo and many more years of success!

  9. Ivy December 6, 2012

    Nice to see Nichole again…

    • Dan December 11, 2012

      Marc, your sense of humor make the videos interesting. By far the best woodworning videos out there.

  10. Richard Amburgey December 6, 2012

    “So you’re saying there’s a chance?” Haha, name that movie.

    All kidding aside, thank you for making this website and making us all laugh. There is a wealth of knowledge on here and I appreciate how you break things down and explain your techniques. Even the website is killer. You are living the dream my friend and I really enjoy surfing this website to & from work during my commute.

    Thank you. Congrats on the new edition this year also. Happy Holidays to you & your family and Happy Woodworking!

  11. Stefan S. December 6, 2012

    I have never seen anything like these arbortech planes before, but they sure look amazing! I recently just took a flapper disc on the angle grinder to free form a small piece. Works, but isnt as agressive and leaves the surface totally burned. Lots of sanding required! I have to look into getting my hands on something similar here in germany.

  12. Julius December 6, 2012

    Defiantly wouldn’t mind wining some of these things for the shop!

  13. Ole-Fredrik December 6, 2012

    This is a great show, i love it! i have seen all the videos on the channel :-)

  14. Jacob December 6, 2012

    As a new woodworker, this site and your YouTube videos are super helpful. They give me the information and the courage to try something new! Thanks for everything that you guys are doing. Happy Holidays!

  15. Carson M. December 6, 2012

    It is going to take me awhile to get that image or Marc out of my head.

  16. Remco Smit December 6, 2012

    woooh, sweet Christmas spirit to have a giveaway :D love everything you do Marc, hope you’ll do some Christmas special episode…

  17. Rob December 6, 2012

    Hey Marc thanks for all of the kickass videos this year. I suspect my wife will be getting me a guild membership for Christmas so I am looking forward to building my roubo this winter! Once its done i’ll be sure to send over a picture or two. Your videos have been very helpful as a new woodworker. Everyone in the family got cutting boards for presents this year!

    Have an awesome holiday.

  18. Mark P. December 6, 2012

    Thanks for everything you do! I love your site. I’ve learned so much. Keep it coming!

    (as for the rock star bit…think i thew up a little. You scared me….;)

  19. Nikita December 6, 2012

    really nice video and nice to see your wife you guys look really happy .^_^.

  20. Adrian December 6, 2012

    Thanks Mark for making me feel like I’m the only husband out there that likes to wear my wife’s clothes to woodwork in haha

  21. Josh Spurgeon December 6, 2012

    Would love to get those router bits! Love your videos, keep ‘em coming Mark!

  22. Andrew Levine December 6, 2012

    I will be curious to see how good the router bits are.

    • Paul Jordan December 6, 2012

      since the router bits are free, I say they are awesome :) try them on a test piece first though

  23. David Eldridge December 6, 2012

    AWESOME!!!! I really would like to try the turbo plane.

  24. pichogve December 6, 2012

    love the wood chip throwing special effects!!!

  25. I like the humor of this one. I wouldn’t mind more laughing at your expense.

  26. Robert Stokes December 6, 2012

    hahaha…”Its a present for me mum”…rock on rock star…(Marcinator woodanizing.)

  27. Paul Jordan December 6, 2012

    I wonder what your sponsers think when they see you running around in womens clothes? Plus i love the math quiz at the end of each reply


      If my sponsors are bothered by my antics, they didn’t do their research. :)

      • Plain Jain December 7, 2012

        HEY Marc! Your woodworking skills and willingness to use power tools are just what I was looking for when I found your website. What amazes me is how professional you are on camera, and your personal presence: cool, a little goofy at times, but always with the right word, inflection, the confidence of being comfortable. Very professional. Have you ever had training in acting?

  28. T. Jensen December 6, 2012

    It’s always a pleasure to watch your shows and envy your fantastic work and workshop.
    Would be VERY happy to proudly bring some of the prizes to Europe :)

  29. George December 6, 2012

    I am in the process of learning on a carpenter, and I love your videos, they are very helpful in difficult situations. Thank you.

  30. jgreasy December 6, 2012

    This was a great video! I will surely be posting all month long!

    Welcome back, Nicole!

  31. Juehua Yin December 6, 2012

    The turbo plane company just sent me an Email last week, really want to try it.

  32. colton December 6, 2012

    thanks for all of the videos. I have learned a lot as a new wood worker. I am making cutting boards for Christmas gifts this year. Your video on end grain cutting boards was very helpful. Also I have made the cross cutting sled for my old craftsman table saw that was handed down by my dad. Being in the Army I don’t get a lot of shop time but I plan to take some leave and have a week for my self soo

    Once again thanks for you videos and articles.

  33. Luke December 6, 2012

    that Arbortech looks a bit safer than their usual gear :)

  34. Maddog December 6, 2012

    While you are spending other peoples money LOL maybe you could give us an update of the shop layout. I am in the mist of planning my new shop being built in the spring and would love to see how you have everything in place……..YONIKO? LOL :D

  35. Sammy December 6, 2012

    Great video! And, Marry Christmas!

  36. Ron December 6, 2012

    Hey Marc thanks for all you do here. You were a big part of my getting into sawdust making. Your site is fab and I use it like a class when I get up against something a little over my head.
    (by the way your lovely wife is right in this video you are a rock star dork:-)
    Keep on keeping on,

  37. I like ripping my gf’s shirts too. I just grab them and rip them in half in front of her, just when she gets out of the shower and wants to put them on. Then I take her to the shops and congratulate her on ANY choice she makes. Even if she shows me a fisherman’s raincoat, I tell her it shows the best of her.
    That’s what she gets for eating the last piece of desert that was meant for me >:)

  38. John December 6, 2012

    Hello, fun to watch you two having a good time, also nice to see that I am not the only one called a dork by the wife LOL and maybe wearing her clothes should be left for another video. Good luck to all who enter.

  39. Eric December 6, 2012

    Marc, I’ve learned a lot from your videos and appreciate the effort you put into them. Looking forward to some more full-size furniture – tables, beds, chairs… it’s all good!


  40. Carl Olsen December 6, 2012

    That wig will be so nice to keep me warm in the shop during the long winter, we can consider this one, the best giveaway gift so far ;)

    Cant wait to see you in action with that Arbortech, for some reason, I cant picture anything nice / refine coming from that thing. It look “ruff”


      Well there is always some sanding to do before it’s all said and done. But we’ll go through the whole process. It would be nice to pull that bad boy out when I finally get a chance to do a Maloof rocker!

      • Jason Jones December 6, 2012

        As soon as I saw the Arbortech the first thing I thought of was the sculpting of a Maloof rocker. It seems perfect for shaping the seat portion.

  41. Rafe December 6, 2012

    Hey Marc! Just this last week I went back and watched all your videos. Your little skits always crack me up! Thank you very much for all the great information all across your site, it has helped me out tremendously!

  42. Hello Marc! The first time I saw one of your videos I was hooked by the clarity of your speech, clear simple good explanations, no fuzz! Please keep on !! Denis

  43. andy December 6, 2012

    There is a 150 year old maple stump in my yard just waiting to be introduced to the Arbor Tech tool.

    I’m having a hard time learning sketchup is there a tutorial series that you can recommend?

  44. Daniel December 6, 2012

    Sooo… You’re a woodworking rock-star that makes a present for his mom, while wearing his wife’s clothes :D

  45. Donald Cone December 6, 2012

    Great fun…hope i can win

  46. Fun video. After all these years of watching your videos, I think that is the bigest mess you have ever made. That looks like the kind of mess I usually make. Good to see Nicole in the shop again. Is there going to be a Christmas party this year. I love the live Christmas show! If the woodworking gig peters out, you could have a new show, Marc’s World! Marc’s World! Marc’s World!

  47. paul hogwood December 6, 2012

    hey since watching your videos im inspired to have a go at something more in depth, i posted a video under hoggyhogwood of my model T cars and trucks, now im ready for a real project



  48. Matt December 6, 2012

    Great all around videos! As a new woodworker your videos have inspired me to take the plunge and buy in to more tools. I was ify on whether or not i wanted to spend the money on a new hobby, but your videos give it that “i could do that” feel.

    Keep it up. Matt

    Also whats your feeling on Grizzly saws? i was looking at the G0690. My budge isnt a ton, but i dont like the feel i get from my craftsman bench top saw. Its loud not smooth, and feels like im gonna lose a finger using it. So a saw would be my first major purchase, want it to by a good buy.


      I never used a Grizzly saw, but from what I’ve read/heard, they are a pretty good bang for the buck! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Kevin December 7, 2012

      I own a couple Grizzly tools, but not a table saw. My experience with them is that they like to make machines that look really good on paper but they tend to skimp in certain areas that prevent the tool from working to its full potential. For example, my edge sander has a lovely large cast iron table. What is supporting that large table is a rickety joke which at some point I am going to have to build something to replace. Now with that said, I know many people are totally happy with their Grizzly table saws and band saws, and even with its flaws that edge sander is an indispensable part of my shop that gets used every day. But I see Grizzly as a company I have to expect I’m going to have to fix or learn to deal with some sort of inadequacy from the tool, not the company I would go to when I’m at the point where I say this is the last ______ that I’m ever going to buy. I’m at that place now, you may not be.

  49. Scott Camacho December 6, 2012

    Hey rock star lol very excited about this give-a-way. Could really use those router bit to scramble up some omelets lol

  50. Marc, you make dorks like us look cool. Thanks for all you and the community you’ve brought together.

  51. Nice video as always. Alo, if powermatic didn’t sponsor you, wha type of tools would you use. Honesty, not just what powermatic tells you to say. I am thinking of getting some new tools for Christmas. Thanks


      If you think my sponsors control my opinions, why would you even ask for my advice?? Not being a smart ass, but think about how this question sounds to my ears. Powermatic is a sponsor because I have used their tools for years and I asked them to sponsor the show way back in 2007. But Powermatic has never and will never dictate what I can and can’t say about competing tool brands.

      Now to answer your question, I think there are plenty of tool brands that make great tools. But no brand does everything perfectly. So I recommend looking on a tool by tool basis and not focusing on one particular brand or another. In many cases, once you get to a certain price point, brand almost becomes irrelevant. For instance, I think the average woodworker would be perfectly happy with a comparably-equipped Grizzly, Delta, Laguna, Jet, or Powermatic tablesaw. Things tend to get a little tricker in the lower price tier where you are more likely to run into lemons.

      If I were outfitting my shop today, I would probably start with Powermatic. They have given me years of excellent service and I have built up a lot of trust in their tools. That said, I would also be looking at some gear from folks like Felder and MiniMax. But that’s a whole step up from the brands most hobbyist woodworkers are interested in.

      • Maddog December 7, 2012

        I am not new to TWW and am not yet a guild member but I was going to ask your opinion on a new table saw as my portable Dewalt works fine but is not really what I would like to have in my new shop.
        Thanks for your opinion :D

  52. BlackToubab December 6, 2012

    Hey Marc. It’s always a pleasure to find a new video visting your site.
    You should quickly erase this proof to avoid to give Mattheo a way of putting pressure on you when it will be time for him in a couple of years to ask for the keys of your car : “Hey Dad, want me to show THE video to everybody ?” :o)
    Voila it’s done for my omelette.
    Merry Christmas from France.

  53. Dave Rancourt December 6, 2012

    Nice video, I’ve learn so much from them. Would be nice if you could upload some of your plan or video on the USB key.

  54. duckkisser December 6, 2012

    cant wait for the carving videos been forced to leave turning and folcust on wood carving both good and bad thing because i want to end up doing carving on my wood turnings. so when you start using the turboplane i know i for one will be watching.

    is there a possiblilty that there will be a adition to the forum folcused on carving? the few times i have posted a question or a video there realy wasent anywhere to post it?

  55. Dave Rancourt December 6, 2012

    Oups haven’t read the whole description haha

  56. Jeff December 6, 2012

    Wow Marc, you need to spend some time on the beach and work off those arm warmers!! :)

  57. Tom Fafard December 6, 2012

    When you “give away” you really give away! I am glad to see Nicole again (sorry Mark she is much better looking than you). Also I am glad to see the app she built, cannot wait until it is available for my Droid.

  58. Tony o December 6, 2012

    once again Marc some great giveaway prizes and just so happens I’m in the market for some router bits right now fingers crossed

  59. JerrySats December 6, 2012

    That RockStar Dude is pretty scary . Thanks for all the great items .

  60. faraj December 6, 2012

    you are a good learner , a great teacher . thank you for your efforts

  61. Guillaume Breton December 6, 2012

    i want to enter !


    je t’aime

  62. Rayna Stanley December 6, 2012

    What I come back to on your videos time and time again is your set up and tips. The tablesaw used to drive me a little nuts but I followed some of your tips and got it straightened out and now I really enjoy using it. Once I finish school and have more time for woodworking I’ll be joining the guild.

  63. Awesome hairpiece dude

  64. Eric December 6, 2012

    Any hints as to what projects you might use the TURBOplane on in the future?

  65. Ross G December 6, 2012

    Count me in!

  66. Jason Jones December 6, 2012

    I must say, I love how festive the site looks this month with the lights for Christmas. I also like that you and your wife have what appears to be a good and fun relationship. It’s nice to see a celebrity (relatively speaking) with a good relationship. I think your celebrity moniker should be “Marcole.”

  67. Patrick M. December 6, 2012

    Did I see you in a twisted sister video once?

  68. Alex December 6, 2012

    What is the reddish brown wood in the back of your shop when you play the rock star?

  69. Stephen Fate Sr December 6, 2012

    Really enjoy the videos, just starting on the archives. Thanks for the podcasts.

  70. TJ71 December 6, 2012

    Marc! make the woodworking “rockstar” a regular.

  71. Lynn Schmidt December 6, 2012

    Love your videos, have learned a ton of stuff from you. Keep up the great job of educating us hobbist types, and you and Nicole have a blessed Christmas. Lynn

  72. Khelle December 6, 2012

    Wow, That’s really a big giveaway. Keep up your awesome work and to whoever wins the router bits sets: you’re REALLY lucky!

  73. Robert December 6, 2012

    Iam hoping I will get a guild membership this yesr for christmas :)

  74. Ron Vieck December 6, 2012

    Being generous with other people’s money? Marc, Is’nt that what the goverment does! Nice to see Nicole Back, but after whatching “be a safety hero” you better watch your back!

  75. Tim Higgins December 6, 2012

    Lots of good stuff in this giveaway. Love your videos.

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