Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced woodworker, if you’re looking to start with woodworking, YouTube is an excellent platform to do so. You can find a lot of woodworking channels on YouTube both for woodworkers and makers, and following them can offer you some great resources to teach you about woodworking.
I can relate to that. When I first started woodworking, I too spent a lot of time watching my favorite creators, learning from them, and drawing inspiration.
There are a lot of woodworking channels out there, and a few top YouTube channels for DIY Woodworkers I would recommend are Steve Ramsey, Make Something, or 3×3 Custom as the best options for fairly early woodworking enthusiasts and creators.
However, these are not the only great ones out there! A lot of other channels will offer you step-by-step processes that will teach you how to deal with the challenges of woodworking, no matter what stage you are at. Both beginners and experienced woodworkers can learn if they follow the right kinds of channels – I am listing some of the great channels below.
It is important to remember that woodworking channels should not be your only resource if you are interested in learning how to handle wood properly. Woodworking podcasts are also a great source of information, especially if you are a beginner. Many Youtube creators are hosting their podcasts which are definitely worth checking.
However, YouTube has several drawbacks that should be taken into consideration.
One of the main problems is that not every creator/channel will thoroughly explain all that you really need to know. It is essential to understand that many of the creators have years of experience in woodworking. The way how they demonstrate the process and the result may seem fairly easy but getting there is costly.
Another typical problem is that there a lot of videos fail to highlight safety issues. Some processes are risky, even hazardous and you definitely shouldn’t replicate them. It is important to supplement your understanding with further research and always to check you are operating according to current safety standards. Only perform woodworking procedures that you feel comfortable with; if you are unsure or unfamiliar with a particular process, it is best to avoid it.
Which Woodworking YouTube Channels Are the Best to Follow?
There are lots of great channels out there. Here are my highly recommended woodworking channels that I believe you will find inspiring, just as I do as a creator and YouTuber, and which also provide a lot of valuable information. Woodworkers running these channels are professionals in the field, they have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share, making their channels an excellent source of learning.
I have sorted the channels based on the quality of the learning experience they provide. While the selection is primarily aimed at woodworking beginners, there is also a lot that experienced woodworkers can gain from them:
- Steve Ramsey
- Make Something
- 3×3 Custom – Tamar
- DIY Montreal
- Bourbon Moth Woodworking
- I Like To Make Stuff
- John Heisz
- 731 Woodworks
- Blacktail Studio
- April Wilkerson
- Frank Howarth
- Matthias Wandel
- The Wood Whisperer
Let’s learn more about each of these!
1. Steve Ramsey
Steve Ramsey has the experience to help those coming into the world of woodworking – he’s been at it for many years.
If you want to start with woodworking, this channel is definitely the first I would recommend. As the name of the channel implies “Woodworking for Mere Mortals”, it is tailored to those who are new to woodworking.
Steve Ramsey offers lots of amazing tips for beginners, including videos about safety, and information about the tools you are likely to need. He will also talk you through things like screws, how to use certain tools, what types of wood should be used for different woodworking projects, or how to make some of the most necessary woodworking jigs for your workshop.
Steve not only discusses various woodworking techniques but also demonstrates them clearly, making them highly beneficial for anyone undertaking woodworking projects.
His YouTube channel offers numerous categories that cater to specific woodworking skills, allowing you to easily find and learn the exact techniques you are interested in.
2. Make Something
If you are interested in how to turn cheap furniture into pieces that look great, David Picciuto’s channel Make Something could be the one for you. It will explore how to create all sorts of useful things for your home, turning basic furniture into items that look amazing. The videos are easy to follow, and good fun for people to try.
David’s remarkable talent in woodworking is evident as he showcases his craft in a clear manner, demonstrating how he creates an array of unique items with wood, ranging from furniture, and tables to small decorative items.
At Make Something, you can find tutorials suitable for crafting items at any proficiency level, ranging from novice to advanced.
3. 3x3 Custom - Tamar
This channel is perfect for those who want to learn about making joints, building woodworking jigs for the shop, or experimenting with finishes. If you want slightly more complicated and unusual projects, there are all sorts here, from curved drawers to building a collapsible bowl from wood. Definitely a great place for inspiration.
Tamar’s videos are fun and friendly and offer lots of useful information about creating unique furniture for your home. She guides you through the building process step-by-step making it easy for beginners to understand.
If you want to learn woodworking, the 3x3Custom YouTube channel is a great place to start.
4. DIY Montreal
DIY Montreal is a true channel for woodworking beginners. If you want to start with woodworking, make your first woodworking projects, and create tools and jigs for the workshop, this is the right place.
Marie has been an invaluable teacher, providing instructional projects that are straightforward to follow and accessible for woodworking novices to begin their journey. Through her guidance, I have gained a wealth of knowledge. Great channel, with lots of amazing projects!
If you want to learn how to make gifts from wood, this channel could be a great option. Additionally, there’s a whole range of fun things you can do, and a nice selection of instructional videos on how to cut all kinds of shapes into wood – such as hexagons, circles, and more – everything you need to do in a workshop.
5. Bourbon Moth Woodworking
From DIY projects to shop and build videos, this channel has it all. I particularly appreciate the woodworking tips and tutorials that are available, as they’ve helped me improve my skills significantly.
What sets this channel apart is the humorous woodworking videos that provide a refreshing break from the more serious content. They’re not only entertaining but also offer valuable insights that have helped me avoid some common mistakes in my woodworking projects.
If you are also looking to take on bigger projects, this is the place; you’ll learn about building tree houses, putting together cabinets, adding roofs, building stairs, and more. The channel is fun and interesting, and offers some tips on working with materials other than wood, too.
Overall, this is a great channel to follow and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys working with wood. The combination of informative and amusing content makes it a perfect destination for anyone seeking helpful and entertaining woodworking-related videos.
6. I Like To Make Stuff
A very popular channel that covers working with all kinds of materials, this is also ideal for those interested in woodworking, especially if you want to see some challenging, high-end projects, like a kitchen island, folding tables, pull-out storage, and more.
The channel’s leader Bob is straightforward and brisk, so you learn fast! Even so, the content is detailed enough for the audience to follow easily. Bob’s unconventional creations serve as an excellent source of inspiration for anyone seeking fresh and innovative ideas.
Those who are new to woodworking can benefit from listening to Making It, a podcast hosted by Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett, and David Picciuto. This podcast delves into fundamental techniques and skills required to get started with woodworking projects.
7. John Heisz
Moving into the artistic side of wood, John Heisz’s videos will guide you through some beautiful, stunning projects that are really unique. He shows you how to use tools effectively, and also has some fun videos on how to create tools yourself, how to build organizers, and so much more.
You can really see his love of the wood coming out in the way he reimagines so many aspects of woodworking.
If you are planning on building a workshop from scratch you will get a lot of inspiration from John. On his channel, you can find plenty of step-by-step videos ranging from simple woodworking jigs to more complex builds such as router tables, band saws, or cabinets.
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8. 731 Woodworks
If you want advice on tools, protecting outdoor wood, and how to handle wood when you buy it, this could be the channel for you. Matt is clear and straightforward and explains things well, and you’ll learn a lot about what to do and not do when it comes to woodworking projects.
In addition to his Youtube channel, Matt is also hosting the Live Edge podcast – definitely worth checking.
9. Blacktail Studio
A channel aimed more at professionals than woodworking beginners. Blacktail Studio will guide you through building some phenomenal pieces that make the most of the natural beauty of wood. You’ll learn about how to finish the wood beautifully, how to use epoxy and fire, and other incredible, advanced techniques.
I stumbled upon this channel and found it to be an incredibly valuable resource when incorporating epoxy into my woodworking projects. The channel offers fantastic insights, tips, and techniques for working with epoxy in combination with wood, as well as considerations to keep in mind throughout the process.
The tools, materials, and wood they work with are mostly expensive, making it a channel for more experienced hobbyists.
10. April Wilkerson
With lots of large, practical makes, this channel shows you how to create all sorts of different things that you might find useful, such as dog houses, compost bins, laundry doors, and more. If you’re into hands-on home improvement DIY projects, you’ll love the videos on cold smoking, composting, planters, and hidden storage solutions.
April also touches on important factors like using the right wood for a food situation and making environmental choices.
I highly recommend April’s channel due to her unparalleled enthusiasm for the craft.
11. Frank Howarth
Another highly artistic channel, this one focuses on how to create complicated objects ranging from spheres and puzzle bowls to building an entire woodshop.
The videos are detailed and helpful, although the projects are definitely intended for an advanced audience, and involve an enormous amount of precision.
His channel is certainly worth following for the purpose of admiring the precision and high quality of his work.
12. Matthias Wandel
There is a lot to learn from Matthias’ channel, which will teach you about making shelf brackets, bookcases, and even a strength testing machine.
The projects are advanced and challenging and are not intended for woodworking beginners, but if you are ready to level up, you’ll enjoy this. Matthias is clear and friendly and explains everything as he works.
If you are seeking fresh ideas for repurposing your old wooden furniture, then his YouTube channel is the perfect destination.
13. The Wood Whisperer
Finally, The Wood Whisperer has some amazingly complicated projects for you to try, including dining tables and workbenches. At the same time, you’ll follow Marc Spagnuolo’s incredible journey of making almost anything you can think of, from dice towers to picture frames to platform beds.
Marc is an excellent presenter, with a lot of charisma and a warm, professional vibe. Marc produces informative videos that serve as valuable resources for woodworkers at any level of experience.
Other Woodworking YouTube Channels
I’d like to highlight some other woodworking channels that are worth following and provide great content for both beginners and seasoned woodworkers. Take a look and let me know your thoughts.
- DIY Creators
- The Samurai Carpenter
- Jay Bates
- Jimmy Diresta
- Woodwork Web
- Paul Sellers
- DIY Huntress
There are many woodworking channels available on YouTube, and many of them are exceptional. However, I could not list all of them here, so I have curated a list of my 13 favorite creators and their YouTube channels.
Hopefully, that’s given you some ideas about the channels you might like to start following – whether you are just starting out or you are an experienced individual. Don’t underestimate the value of YouTube, but remember to also check out local classes, join a woodworking association, and find other ways to expand your knowledge too!
I encourage you to browse through these channels, pick a project and start building!
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