Here’s the truth: Youtube is one of the greatest resources of the current generation (don’t quote me on that).
But really, how amazing is it that a video tutorial for whatever you are currently struggling to learn at a seemingly arduously slow pace can be at your enthusiastic little fingertips at the click of a button.
You can learn nearly anything on YouTube – from the mundane to the absolutely bizarre.
– Need to know how to sneak food into class, because three-hour lectures are simply way too long for you to go without eating? There’s a video (several actually) on that very topic.
– Do you want to make a dog bed out of a sweater? YouTube has you covered.
– Want to know how to turn your mountain of old high heels into a flower vase? Just click on your suggested videos.
– Desperately need to get into the new trend of Duct tape hammocks? No worries, as long as you have the duct tape, someone on YouTube has the know-how.
(please don’t ask me how I am sure these videos exist)
But, if you’re like me and you want to get some quality beginner woodworking tips? YouTube definitely has you covered.
When I was in my last year of university so many years ago, I had a bit of a young-adult crisis, stopped going to class, and converted the basement of my shared townhouse into my very own little workshop. If you ask my roommates, they would tell you they weren’t happy but didn’t want to get too close to someone in the throes of crashing and burning in order to tell me to stop– crashing and burning is contagious as you know.
The point is, I spent hours on YouTube and the internet hunting down project plans, beginner woodworking tips, and tricks, etc.
And while I wasn’t brand new to the topic, having grown up watching my dad in the shop, branching off on your own (with only the old NiCad, keep the battery charging 24/7, blue Ryobi hand drill and a chop saw as my tool chest) can be scary.
That’s why I found so much comfort in being able to watch people break things down in a way that was understandable. They made these projects feel really doable. I’m confident that I’m not exaggerating when I say that I learned more from those YouTube channels than I did from my five-year degree in Criminal Justice (but the degree did cost me a lot more!).
Since then, many more instructional channels have popped up, and the depth of information and knowledge that the budding woodworker can access is astronomical.
Here are five of the best, in my humble opinion, youtube channels for beginner woodworking tips.
1. WoodWorking for Mere Mortals
It’s hard to pick any one video from Steve Ramsey’s library of amazing tutorials, tips and tricks, projects, and safety advice as a favourite. It is equally as hard to find another YouTube vlogger who is as adept at teaching in a way that is entertaining and enlightening. His videos never feel like lectures, but you will always come away having learned something. I also appreciate that many of his videos feature relatively cheap tools and real accessibility to those new to the hobby. Steve has recently launched a “Weekend Woodworker” course that is aimed to help beginner woodworkers get started on projects.
2. April Wilkerson
April Wilkerson does mostly video projects these days, but years ago she was doing a lot more informative, theoretical stuff on how to use certain tools and how to set up certain areas of the shop, and all of that amazingly helpful information for beginners is still there on her channel.
Her new stuff is just as good as the old (if not better). Videos show her building the project from start to finish with a voice-over explaining exactly what she is doing at each step of the build – including her thought process for certain areas of the project. April shows her mistakes as well as her successes, which is an immensely important thing for beginner woodworkers to see. She also has a website with a slew of project plans!
3. Wood Whisperer
Marc Spagnuolo, of the Wood Whisperer, has a wide variety of videos directed not just at the beginner woodworker, but also at the advanced – which means that this is an excellent channel to grow with.
He frequently answers questions sent to him by subscribers, and if the question was asked, more often than not as a beginner woodworker, you would have asked it as well! From what types of glue to use for certain projects, tips and tricks for common problems, and some awesome project builds – a beginner woodworker could get lost for hours and come out with enough knowledge to make them confidently stride out to the shed to start that new project.
I can’t begin to count the number of great tips and tricks that I have picked up from Colin Knecht’s channel, WoodWorkWeb. His woodworking hacks, often involving reusing regular household objects for convenient shop purposes, have me finishing up a video thinking “Why didn’t I think of that really, really simple trick that is going to make my life a whole lot easier?” His years of experience come through in the way he is able to effortlessly pass on knowledge and some pretty fantastic woodworking jigs and project ideas.
5. Woodworker’s Journal
These guys are old school, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I mean it in the type of way where you feel like you are sitting in your Grandpa’s old shed and he is slowly, lovingly showing you how to use a certain tool. So slow sometimes that you want to shake him (lovingly), but you wouldn’t for a second take back all those golden nuggets (or the time you got to spend with him) you learned. This channel comes from America’s leading woodworking magazine and it is chock full of information and projects. It won’t be potentially as entertaining or as easy to sit through as some of the other channels, but you’re going to learn some very useful stuff.
What are you waiting for?
That’s right! Hop online and start learning, getting inspiration, and being blown away by how accessible woodworking really is for everyone.
If you have a favourite channel of your own or a favourite video from one of the above channels, leave us a comment! We love to discover new content from all the talented crafters in the world.