Nick Offerman’s Woodworking Advice

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Actor and woodworker Nick Offerman shares with Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor where his love of woodworking began and offers advice for young people who want to work with their hands.

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Today I have a special guest Joshua Driskell a lawyer from Primuth & Driskell and we ask him legal questions from the woodworking community. Topic include disclaimers in our videos, product liability, copyright, trademarks, hobby vs business and using sports logos in our work.

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  • Frosty.
    July 24, 2016

    I hope Nick Offerman starts up a woodworking channel. It would be the best

  • Lem Swen
    July 24, 2016

    Nick offerman is the dad of America

  • Colleen Garren
    July 24, 2016

    Nick Offerman is the real deal, man.

  • OhioKarsamee
    July 24, 2016

    He's just fucking right

  • MX revolve
    July 24, 2016

    How to Find the Best Woodworking Plans Online for Any Project

  • markowalski
    July 24, 2016

    "Find an old lady in the neighborhood, keep your steel sharp."

  • Spiny Norman
    July 24, 2016

    Also fill your shop with the smell of weed…….and pussssy.

  • Eric Hawkins
    July 24, 2016

    that was the funniest thing I heard all week, find an old lady and keep your steel sharp. ha, thanks

  • jdion79
    July 24, 2016

    now i need an offerman uke! goddammit.

  • Mike's DIY Projects & More
    July 24, 2016

    I like this dude, been a watcher for years…

  • Grindstone
    July 24, 2016

    My dad is a woodworker. I never quite appreciated the skill when I was a kid. Now that I'm 30 and living 800 miles away, I really wish he was closer to share his wealth of knowledge. Nick reminds me a lot of him. Heh, he used to be a manager as Lowe's and I can imagine the episode where he tells of a Lowe's employee "I know more than you" my old man could really challenge that claim.

  • Dylan Montgomery
    July 24, 2016

    angry walrus woodworking. if his shop isn't named this it's a missed opportunity

  • TazTalksYouListen
    July 24, 2016

    03:14 "Find an old lady in the neighborhood and keep your steel sharp." – Yikes! Nasty.

  • ImReadyD151
    July 24, 2016

    This is nuts. I thought it was all an act on the show. it's awesome how this is what he actually loves to do

  • dfresh1524
    July 24, 2016

    "advice" starts at 2:05

  • flyingvman1000
    July 24, 2016

    I love hard wood that cuts like cheese

  • twoweary
    July 24, 2016

    Oh ,and if I offended anyone,who cares.

  • twoweary
    July 24, 2016

    Great comment Joe. So much better than the so called modern comments like the idiot Scrobbles. Profanity only shows a lack of class.

  • Connor Chase
    July 24, 2016

    I would be lying if i said i wasnt a little bit hyped when i saw this video exsisted

  • Tee Giang
    July 24, 2016

    good stuff david! very useful! keep up the great work with jimmy and bob!

  • Christopher Soprano sculptor
    July 24, 2016

    THANK YOU! This is all very helpful information.

  • Make Build Modify
    July 24, 2016

    Great video! Thanks David.

  • ballzack57
    July 24, 2016

    Here is what I have done and it works well as a protection device.
    1. Create an LLC. For this company we will call it "Joe's Wood Products."
    2. Create another LLC and call it "Joe's Wood Tools."

    Now, all the tools in my shop, my shop itself, and all material in the shop are owned and held by "Joe's Wood Tools." "Joe's Wood Products" leases the use of all tools and gets all material from "Joe's Wood Tools." "Joe's Wood Products" writes off material cost and tool leases and holds no assets itself. The cost of the tool leases and material is almost always 90% of the total revenue of "Joe's Wood Products". "Joe's Wood Tools" writes off the depreciation of the tools under lease and practically holds 90% of the income of "Joe's Wood Products" but holds exactly 0% liability for anything "Joe's Wood Products" does. So if I build a stool and it breaks when someone steps on it and they fall and break a leg, they can sue "Joe's Wood Products"; however, that LLC holds no assets beyond minimal money for future products. So if I lose the lawsuit I lose the capital assets of one business and not the other. And maybe the name of the business if it goes under.

    Now coming after someone personally, beyond the LLC is called piercing the corporate veil. There are very well defined actions an LLC owner can take that opens them up to this. One of them is commingling the LLC assets with the personal ones. i.e paying your mortgage directly from the LLC bank account. Simply Google "piercing the corporate veil" and see how to avoid it. It is rather simple and straightforward.

    On a final note: Under-capitalization of "Joe's Wood Products" could be a reason to pierce the corporate veil. Meaning, the LLC does not have enough assets to run because the owner is artificially keeping it low to avoid asset forfeiture. I suggest you speak with a reputable attorney to get a better idea of what capital you need to keep to avoid this pitfall.

  • larr swart
    July 24, 2016

    It is a legal fact that it’s illegal to use a legal name.

    Only those with express permission to use a legal name, B.A.R members, can do so without committing fraud (though before becoming B.A.R members they were committing fraud too) and where there is no statute of limitations on the crime of fraud, and where fraud vitiates all it touches, rendering all contracts based within/where a fraud has been revealed instantly NULL & VOID, Ab Initio, Nunc Pro Tunc, Ad infinitum, where the situation now is this:

    everyone has been using a legal name illegally, even B.A.R members, so there is no honour, no clean hands and no exceptions to this simple state of affairs – albeit a state of affairs which brings with it life-changing ramifications.

    The legal system has been exposed as fraudulent at the core.

    Fraud is a crime.

  • zero
    July 24, 2016

    I am suing you for injuring myself with a lazy susan i put my table saw on.

  • Daniel Napast
    July 24, 2016

    I'm 15 and have been a woodworker for a couple years now and have sold quite a lot of product. This is my main (only) source of income, so I was wondering if I need to be reporting the income and paying taxes on it?

  • Walter Rider
    July 25, 2016

    wow great stuff thank you so much

  • Adam Craig
    July 25, 2016

    in the western world you can be sued for anything.  sad but true!!

  • kimaboe
    July 25, 2016

    Great video. For the benefit of viewers who aren't used to dealing with IP issues, I do wish Joshua would have taken a couple of minutes at the start to explain the difference between copyrights and trademarks. 

    The terms are so often confused by the public, yet mean very different things and have very different protection. I find it is always useful to define those two terms before giving people advice on either one.

    For example, using logos would most likely be handled as a trademark issue, especially in this context, even though Joshua talks about infringing on copyrights (violations of which may or may not also enter into it).

    EDIT: He also says that not policing copyrights can lead to losing them, which is untrue. That is true for trademarks (most often seen in the case of genericized trademarks) but not for copyrights, which cannot be lost or transferred, only licensed, in the authors lifetime (in most of the world).

  • Francis Barnett
    July 25, 2016

    really good vid, some interesting points. Francis Worcestershire UK

  • inventionaddict
    July 25, 2016

    Re: Logos I want to make and sell wall mounted bottle openers (wood back with an embedded magnet to catch the caps and a cast iron opener attadhed). If I paint it red or white and give a free Ohio State sticker with it that I paid for, am I in the clear?

  • Zac Higgins
    July 25, 2016

    Good call on this topic David, and thank you for providing us with some great information to help us steer clear of trouble! Thanks for putting this video together.

  • Mooseberry Creations
    July 25, 2016

    Excellent video.  It's important to cover all the bases if you aspire to sell your work.  Joshua thanks for taking the time to do this video.  Great stuff!

  • SJWoodworks
    July 25, 2016

    Thanks for doing this. I was hoping for the question on copyright and trademark to go one level further – what if I buy something with a team logo on it (or a Disney character, or whatever) which is a licensed product, and then I use that item to make something else, which obviously now has that item on it? For example. Say I buy a baseball bat that has the Red Sox logo on it, a licensed and legal product. Then. I cut it up, put it on the lathe, and make a wine goblet from it that I was careful to make in a way that the Red Sox logo lands nicely on my goblet. Is that allowed? Doctrine of first sale apply here? (Or buy licensed fabric with Minnie Mouse on it and use it to make baby blankets for sale, or anything like that.)

  • Daniel Brinneman
    July 25, 2016

    Thanks for making this video, +Drunken Woodworker! Would like to see more of these when it's plausible.

  • Carl Jacobson
    July 25, 2016

    Great information, thank for sharing your knowledge with us josh. 

  • Michael DeMicco
    July 25, 2016

    Thank's for doing this…  very important information most people don't think about.

  • smitcher
    July 25, 2016

    Hi, wish I had seen this earlier and would have sent you a message to ask your friend which a question that wasn't covered. You mentioned using music on videos and it's obviously common sense that you don't want to use something that isn't creative commons free or something you've created yourself. My question though was in relation to what i've heard has happened to a few channels. They've used music where the copyright holder had made it available for free use but then have sold it on later down the road. People who have already used this in their videos, albeit at a time when it was free to do so, have then received infringement letters/emails from Google claiming that they are using audio that someone has made a claim to. Would you be able to ask what the legal standing in that respect would be? Google seem to be erring on the side of caution by supporting the new copyright holder whereas at the time of it's use it was allegedly free to use??

  • MichaelJones59
    July 25, 2016

    Good information, Thank you.