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REVIEW: Steve Ramsey's Powered Up Course

This is a review of Steve Ramsey’s Powered Up Online Course. My goal is to help you decide if this is something you want to spend your money on, or not.



  1. Thank you for providing your perspective on the course. I enrolled in Steve's Weekend Woodworker course but due to various challenges with time, was unable to complete several of the projects. With that said, like you mentioned, I did learn woodworking techniques and more confidence in what I could do with the few projects that were built. I want to work through these projects and will most likely go wit the Powered Up course later. With that said, the Weekend Woodworker FaceBook group is also awesome – great people willing to share and be supportive. Please keep up the good work.

  2. I took Steve’s Weekend Woodworker course last year. Until taking the course, all of my woodworking skills (?) were obtained by watching YouTube videos. The course was excellent and worthwhile. I did not sign up for the Powered Up course because I don’t have room to build large projects nor the space for completed projects.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with the Powered Up course. I will have to check out your blog.

  3. I joined the second run of Steve's first weekend woodworker course group. It has been a drawn out process for me (I just finished the 3rd project after a year and a half!–so much for weekend woodworking lol!). But it has been very rewarding for me as well. I learned so much from Steve's basics playlist I figured his first course would be a good next step and it has been. I built my first workbench with his plans and the help of the Facebook group. After building that I had the know-how to build the rest of my shop furniture and jigs I use now, which is several other carts and jigs and things. I also completed several other projects along the way, for my home, my workplace and at least one friend. Even though I haven't finished all the projects, I am sure that completing all of them will help me to grow even more and if I don't use them I can give the as gifts! I can highly recommend the course even given the "don't gets" described by Dan. The Facebook group is great. There are other groups out there that give more access to the leaders, but even then you can't just expect these people to wait hand and foot on countless thousands of new makers' needs, it's just not feasible. I never expected that of Steve or anyone else as nice as it would be. I like to think about what I'm getting compared to the price of a quality woodworking class in my area. I'll spend 400 for a 10 week course or something in my area and the only difference between what I get there and with Steve is some in person coaching and modeling/assistance, and access to bigger tools for certain projects. Hence, the increase in cost. I feel like the total package of what Steve charged was good for me. I think his first course was less though like 175 or something? Other members can correct me on that. Anyway I recommend Steve's stuff and send all the other newbies I find to watch his beginning startup videos on his channels..they are still some of the funniest and most informative basics videos I've ever seen. Best to all!

  4. Dan…good job. I decided about 2-years ago that I needed to choose my post-retirement destiny between golf and wood working. I chose the latter. Guaranteed, my golf game will diminish over the next 10-years, but in that same time, I could be a wood working master! And it'll cost about the same! I chose the wood path. I joined the Woodworkers Guild of America, w/ George Vondriska as the front guy and The Wood Whisperer, with Marc Spagnoulo as the host. I've bought a ton of videos from WWGOA and I've learned so much! I watched a couple of minutes of Steve Ramsey, and he's not my cup of tea…but if I'd started with him, I'm sure I'd be a devotee. The key is to get "invested" in one or more of these programs so you are motivated to grow. Later this summer we are moving to a home w/ a 600 sq ft shop. (Actually, it's a basketball court…but it's about to become a shop w/ a basketball hoop!) I'm excited about expanding my shop and skills. I'm sure I'll stay subscribed to your channel and hope to learn some cool stuff. Right now we seem to be running in parallel, but since you have already retired, I expect you'll shoot past me soon and start loading me up w/ great new skill building content. Keep at it, dude! BTW…I just pulled the trigger on a seminar in the Des Moines area with George Vondriska and James Hamilton (Stumpy Nubs) and a bunch of others. If you are in the IA area, you should subscribe. It would be great to meet you. The link is (I'm not affiliated…this is just a peer invitation!)

  5. Well done video, Dan. I think you did a good job of hitting all the various highs and lows of the course. I signed up for both courses even though I didn't really need the instruction. It was my way of paying Steve back for all the free content he did over the years. That is not to say I didn't learn something from both of them, just not anything I couldn't get from any number of free Youtube videos out there. The most disappointing thing about either course is that Steve doesn't ever visit the Facebook groups he created. I see that's one of your pet peeves also. Can't say I understand his reluctance to participate in the groups, but that's his decision. Personally, I view it as quite a loss, on both sides. I made a couple of the projects from the first class, and none from the second simply because I had no need for any of the other pieces. The little tips and techniques in the videos are helpful though, especially for someone with no experience.

    All in all, your video does give an unbiased and helpful opinion that should provide someone trying to decide about the course whether to go for it or not.

  6. Interesting video. I get your perspective on your comments. If I may, here is my take on both The Weekend Woodworker, and Powered Up.

    About 3 or 4 years ago, my wife wanted a planter next to our driveway with a trellis so she could have climbing vines. I had some Grid Wall panels and decided to try to frame those in with wood to make the trellis, then attach them to planters. For reasons I do not know, I owned a router, but had never used it. Somehow I knew that the router was my key to success so I started searching YouTube for a video that would help.

    I found this one:

    There was this enthusiastic, quirky guy running around his house showing me what a router can do. I watched the video through, and was inspired. I went out and bought a router table to go with my router, and started the project. While they need some love, those trellises are still next to my driveway.

    Almost 2 years ago, when Steve announced The Weekend Woodworker, I had already watched dozens of his videos and made a project or two. So, without hesitation, I signed up. Last fall I signed up for Powered Up. I have made all of the projects from the original class, and am working my way through the shop cabinet in the second.

    While $200 isn't a drop in the bucket, it is about perspective for me. Over the course of my projects I am going to spend hundreds of dollars on tools, wood, glue, fasteners, and so on. When you look at that, the $200 is a smaller price to pay, especially if it helps minimize the amount of mistakes that end up in my campfire pile.

    I have learned a ton from both courses! I am thankful that Steve has them up, and that he is working on a 3rd. I can say with a fair amount of certainty that I will sign up for the 3rd course also.

  7. I did the Weekend Woodworker course and loved doing it. I did join Powered Up. I am a little intimidated. I do not know if I will build all five projects. I do enjoy learning new new things. Steve R is a great instructor and I learned a lot from the Weekend W. I also enjoy your videos and you are an inspiring kind of guy in a non-stawlking kind of way.

  8. I also joined the first and second course finished all the builds in the first will do some of them in the second but will study and watch all of the Powered up. I personally owe Steve a big thank you I have struggled for years with Attention disorder (now that I’m retired and have the time) I happened to stumble onto hisYoutube channel and the way he teaches the light bulb came on. I always admired those who could do woodworking , I could do simple things but wanted more of a challenge Steve has a gift of teaching and what I have learned from him it’s ok to make a mistake, in a way he’s helped me build confidence to do more advanced projects. I also appreciate your channel Mr.Newbie

  9. You're real. I respect that. Your advice is spot on. FaceBook is a lifesucker and everyone should leave them instantly. OH sorry, right, no politics. Steve Ramsey is awesome, and $200 is worth what you think it's worth. Having watched this video… and as someone with only 2 yrs experience in woodworking, I'll pass.

    Thank you,

    Ehud Gavron, Tucson AZ

  10. There was a time I was really close to buying his course . Now with your feedback Im glad I didn't. What I like to watch is Steve and his quick quip jokes and commentary while learning something. And for 200.00 I would also expect a reply from the man who is selling and teaching the course. Overall I enjoy his yourtube videos I watch them now and again just for the entertainment and sometimes to remind myself on how to do something. 🙂
    Thank you for your review.

  11. Hi Newbie Dan, I didn’t buy powered up on principle (sounds silly I know). After $250ish Australian dollars for the course my inbox became flooded with advertisements for Powered Up. I hated that it made me feel the course I’d just paid for was out of date. I felt like a captive marketing group.

  12. Good "review"! I took the first course (second session). I didn't think I'd make any of the projects. I just wanted some more in-depth videos with basic skills from a different perspective. I was making shop furniture and cabinets at the time and have a very small basement shop plus winter and no driveway in summer. I did use some of the techniques demonstrated on my then-current projects and still do, especially came to appreciate my miter saw more.. Powered Up course didn't have any projects I'd make, so I didn't take it. I thought the first course was well-organized.

    I took another course from Popular Woodworking University on "Super Small Shop Strategies" and followed it closely. It helped somewhat to organize my shop on wheels. Most helpful was how to have workflow set up to maximize time spent moving things around. It, too, was worth the money. It was specific to a need, though not as fun as Steve's videos, good value for my specific need. That's the key, I think. Is it what I need right now? At this point, I'd rather buy a new tool or some materials. I'm more of an intermediate woodworker at this point, so mostly make what I need.

  13. This is going to sound harsh, but I won't be spending the money. As much as I like Steve. But, to me the course is a grudge against YouTube and not making enough money. Withholding videos he'd normally put on YT. I feel like the content the course offers is something i can get elsewhere for cheap or even free.

  14. Steve Ramsey is an FNG ( f*&%ng nice geezer) He was the 1st woodworker I found on Youtube and as well as being funny and knowledgeable. He is well worth investing in. Dan you are definitely getting better and better at making videos and the noobie is soooo misleading that I may have to sue you lol 😛


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