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Not So Average Joe

Average Joe’s Joinery’s, Joe Whittaker, is a self-taught woodworking extraordinaire. Over the years Joe has watched countless woodworking videos, which have essentially taught him everything he knows. Joe decided to start his YouTube channel to become apart of the woodworking community.

Joe first started woodworking at the young age of 17, when he had needed a new desk for his bedroom with very limited space. He told me that he, “searched online for the desk I imagined but I couldn't find it anywhere for sale. I realized I had to make it myself”.

In 2015, Joe ventured into the realm of 3D carving when he received his X-Carve from Inventables. Joe suffers from ill health, which causes him to not be able to spend as much time in his workshop as he would like. However, now that Joe has an X-Carve of his own, he is able to continue his passion. Joe explains, “I can still design the ideas I have and then the X-Carve can do the hard work for me. It enables me to do what I love even when I’m having a bad day”.

Joe plans to start a website and business based on woodworking and 3D carving in the near future. Even though Joe is “unable to work a ‘normal’ job because of [my health], if I can make a living doing what I love that would be a dream come true”. X-Carve has allowed Joe to be able to create more intricate and specialized designs. Joe believes his X-Carve, “is going to play a massive part in making that dream a reality”.


In honor of Valentine's Day, Joe Whittaker decided to make this beautiful walnut engagement ring box using X-Carve. However, if you look closely, you will see this is no average ring box. Joe explains, “the box looks like a very plain necklace gift box from the outside, but then opens up to reveal the engagement ring inside. I’m sure whoever receives a box like this would be very pleasantly surprised”. If you want to surprise your loved one with a personal box, click here to watch the full video!


Check out Joe’s Inventables project page to see his other two projects including, a gorgeous steak paddle with inlay and unique and elegant silhouette lamp. The Inventables team can’t wait to see the next project Joe can dream up!

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