I haven’t met Jay Bates, and I don’t think we ever spoke before either. I’ve been following his YouTube channel for a while, and probably watched some of his videos before that.
Jay’s videos are well done, and they’re done in the way that you can follow along, and even try your hand at similar projects, regardless of your skill level.
His videos are very creatively done, and it’s obvious that they’re carefully edited, without coming across as carefully edited. For instance, I remember a video (although I cannot find it at the moment) where he merged two videos where he talks on one side, while he’s doing it on the other. Captions are added where needed, and unobtrusively. (You’ll see what I mean.)
Content-wise, he has informational videos as well as project videos.
What I like most is that he comes across as a “normal” DIYer or woodworker. For instance, in one video, he referred to a notebook for quick talking points.
It sounds ironic, coming from me since ToolGuyd is largely product-focused, but I like that Jay doesn’t focus on brands or tools very much. His passion comes across as focused on the work and the results.
I don’t believe he has any sponsorships, and if he does, it’s not obvious in the way other YouTubers of similar prominence push certain brands, deals, or tools.
Long story short, I like Jay Bates’ woodworking videos, and I like them a lot. He also sells plans for some of his projects.
Here’s a recent video of his, for a taste:
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Here’s one from his Vlog channel, a discussion of softwood vs. hardwood for a DIY woodworking workbench:
I like the idea of a “Favorite YouTubers” series, where I share some of my favored woodworkers and presenters, and so if you like this kind of post, we’ll do more of them. I’m also always interested in hearing about your favorite YouTube channels, and so that might be another post. (In other words, this isn’t the place to plug your channel or your favorite maker’s channel.)