YouTube is a great place to learn the basics of woodworking, and you can even find step-by-step videos that & # 39; I help you build a project in a weekend. But as your skills grow, you may no longer want lesson-oriented videos. Sometimes it's nice to see the process of building something even though you never build it. Here are four YouTube channels that shut up and get to work.
It is rare to find a YouTube video without any narration, so you will usually still hear someone talking through the channels we are discussing. But unlike Sean Walker or April Wilkerson, the goal here is not to teach you woodworking or all the steps of building a hammer. Instead, we want to show you the latest creation from YouTuber and a general overview of how they did it.
Here you will find channels that create beautiful or exciting things in unique ways, generally with good music and minimal narration. These are the videos you watch for relaxation and inspiration.
Jackman Works: Pallet Champion
The worst thing you can do on YouTube is to choose boring or annoying background music. And that's why Jackman Works caught my attention – or rather my ear. Any Jackman Works post can be a woodworking themed music video.
Go ahead and click on the video above and have a listen. No, seriously, I'm waiting.
Now that you're back, I bet the music was tempted to watch the whole video, right? That's similar to the course with a Jackman Works video. But it is not only the music. He does interesting things with reclaimed pallet wood, be it a workbench, shot glasses or pencils. Through the videos, you want to take apart some pallets and do your own reclaimed project.
And when he's not upcycling, he enjoys other fun projects like a giant working hand plane or the giant knife. Come for the music, but stay for fun.
Adrian Preda: Blending the East With the West
If you spend a lot of time looking around the world of woodworking, you will notice that it changes with cultures. Japanese and American woodworking are sometimes as far apart as the East and the West.
You can see that in hand tools such as airplanes and saws. While Western tools work by pushing the blade (be it an airplane or a saw), Japanese tools work on the pull stroke. Adrian Preda works equally well in both woodworking styles, often switching between Japanese and Western planes and chisels. By marrying the two techniques, he makes beautiful Shoji screens, tool boxes, Kumiko strips and ring boxes.
Each requires specialized jigs and a low couch setup that you may never need to replicate (although Adrian does offer plans). But seeing how it works and how it comes together is very rewarding.
Ishitani Furniture: Japanese Joinery
Ishitani Furniture is another one in the Japanese woodworking field and differs from other channels in that you will hardly hear music or dialogues. Instead, he leaves behind the sound of woodworking in the video.
As the channel's name suggests, Ishitani Furniture focuses on building furniture using advanced joinery techniques. While the power tools here are Western, be it a table saw, planers or routers, the Japanese-style hand tools are from chisels to hand planes.
The fascinating part of any video is the methods it uses to tie everything together and build strength. In these videos, you rarely, if ever, see screws and nails going into any of the furniture. Whether it is a Kigumi table, a floating table, traditional braiding machines (Kumihimo) or a desk, everything is held together by joinery and glue.
Black Timber Company: Furniture and DIY
Although newer than other channels on this list, Black Timber Company's YouTube channel shows great promise for the future. Here you will find a combination of custom furniture assignments and do-it-yourself projects. It's also fun to see how one idea can be built into another.
That is evident in videos that first show how to make a sliding dovetail joint, and how to use that connection to build a sliding dovetail flybox. You will also see techniques outside of woodworking, such as simple metalworking.
That newer is still obvious, as earlier videos had more narration and less music, but now the direction is fairly consistent. You can expect a little introduction to the project, followed by a beautifully crafted hyper-lapse of the building process with interesting music. You may occasionally see pauses to explain an unclear series of steps, but they are rare.
But the enormous variety of projects must remain interesting. There's everything from floating epoxy river tables (a YouTube staple) to wood and metal coasters. And a nice advantage for the youth of Black Timber Company is that you are not bothered by sponsored content. At least not yet.
As always, there are dozens of channels like this on YouTube, and we couldn't possibly cover them all. But this is a good starting point. I recommend that you do not use these types of videos as a beginner or as someone looking for instructions. Instead, think of this as woodworking relaxation. Sit back and enjoy the pure process of making things, and let that process inspire you. You may never build a floating epoxy river table, but seeing one build it can inspire you to create something unique.