5 Ways to Start Woodworking NOW!

5 Ways to Start Woodworking NOW!

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Today I’m talking about how anyone can get started woodworking. The assumption is that we need a certain set of tools to start designing and woodworking, but I don’t think that is necessarily true. So I am talking about how I think we can all get started with just the simplest of things like a pencil and paper. From there, I talk about the next steps we can take to get into woodworking without having to make a huge investment. Hope it helps someone get started!

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  1. Darin on June 9, 2022 at 8:32 pm


  2. Justin B on June 9, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I love your channel. I’m new to woodworking and my favorite part of your channel is that you guys use animation to explain what you’re talking about. Really helps to drive the point home. Can’t wait to binge watch all your videos. Keep up the great work!

  3. Allan Shpeley on June 9, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Oh really a pencil!! How do you expect me to afford one of those?

  4. robin alexander on June 9, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Good video. cheers from Tasmania

  5. Jonathan Martin on June 9, 2022 at 8:41 pm


  6. lubega derrick on June 9, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    i love the minimalistic designs… everything is flowless.
    However, Could you please use a readable font style on the website?

  7. Craig Schubert on June 9, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    love it – thanks!

  8. Helena Khudyna on June 9, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Oh, I see the dynamic here. Chris is a bit mean to Sean, and Sean just politely cuts him off for the ad segment. As long as you both having fun…

  9. Ken Webster on June 9, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Well, I suppose I started making things as a kid using my Dad’s hand tools, some of which had been his father’s tools. That and making balsa model aircraft. But really, I was making stuff from a very young preschool age, toys from cardboard etc. In those days, cereal packets had projects on the back of the box. You just cut them out and stuck them together. Some were dioramas which I found boring, others were 3D toys requiring cutting folding and gluing. Before long, I was designing and making my own toys. So, I think the idea of making whatever I wanted started there and progressed to stick balsa planes which only required a knife and some sandpaper. Progressed to tissue covered frames, rubber band powered models with correctly pitched carved propellers, control line models in high school & RC gliders after that. I spent some time out of work and built models for a little extra cash. Also learned fiber glass laminating in high school (building kayaks). There were real woodworking projects along the way too. I don’t remember too many details, I still have a maple display cabinet that I made & my wife has an Australian cedar jewellery box that I made from my grandfathers piano stool that had fallen apart. Access to tools after leaving home was an issue. Dad had some spares which he gave to me. Such as a jack plane and tenon saw. I bought some other tools along the way but cash was short for quite a while so, building up a decent toolset took a while, Just make do really. One thing that was inexpensive was getting an offcut of thick glass and gluing sandpaper to that. Came in handy for sanding small things flat, like joining & fitting balsa &other woods, bamboo pan flute tubes so they fit and glued together neatly. Could adjust the mating surface by combining pressure placement and sanding direction. So, basically collect tools over time as needed. Eventually inherited Dad’s tools. I don’t have many power tools, mainly just do wood work the old way. A few power tools for metal though. If I was doing professional woodwork it wood be different of course. Made a few specialised tools as well. I was making flutes form PVC pipe to sell at markets etc. So I made a pipe trimming tool, like a plane that spun on a dowel. The dowel went inside the pipe and the plane spun on that to from the pipe square. It had various size sleeves to jeep the dowel centred in various size pipe. Also blade ground to various chamfer angles as required for the flutes, but I guess that’s plastic work, not woodwork. Just saying, you can sometimes make some of your own tools. Dove tail gauge is an obvious one for example as are shims to set tool offsets to standard values you use a lot. I think, just be willing to try things with what you have & not be restricted by standard thinking, must have this or that tool. Just think, try, evaluate, modify, try again.

  10. Aaron Drossart on June 9, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Dang… That’s a nice pencil sharpener

  11. Memo R on June 9, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    you dont need them but its gonna be way less fun without them

  12. Pierre Paré-Blais on June 9, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    There is one tool that is a must… a nice pencil sharpener… don’t think we did not notice the subtle mobius product placement 😛

  13. Dum Dum on June 9, 2022 at 8:46 pm


  14. Enshong Miranda on June 9, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    I’m starting woodworking but the only readily available lumber (that’s dry) are dimensional pine at the hardware store. 🥲 I’ve almost finished making a workbench with 2x4s though.

  15. Eternal Skywalker on June 9, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    1) digs pencil stub from a pile of sawdust
    2) sharpens it with ultra-premium world-class pencil sharpener

  16. Micheal Wynter on June 9, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    Sound advise. The best I’ve seen on how to get started.

  17. Hunter Youngblood on June 9, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    A pencil sharpener is a tool, so is a pencil

  18. Unique Wood Crafting on June 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    I already have most all of the machinery I need to get a wood shop started, but it’s all in storage. In fact, I had a running wood shop until Covid drove the price of real estate up, and the building owner sold the building out from under me. Now I’m living in an old RV living on SSDI checks of 909.00 a month. I can’t even afford a place to live let alone a building to set up the machinery. It really pisses me off when people come along and tell me how EASY it is to start up a shop!

  19. roger woods on June 9, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Hi fellas, do you, Chris have any plans for the barstool on offer
    Nice film Shaun

  20. dobre sprzęgło on June 9, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    it’s nuts, for a price of new big iphone i can buy festool tracksaw and a rotex and there’s still a debate about cost of tools. There are no electronics that will hold value as much as good tools

  21. needamuffin on June 9, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    3:49 I *really* like E. It has those funky angles I like but doesn’t create the sharp, shin-seeking angles to bump into in the middle of the night.

  22. Dogs Rule on June 9, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    What a soothing voice!
    Also, he hit it right on the nail with his main advice….Get started with something.

  23. Iboo on June 9, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    You are NOT a visual learer

  24. Dan M on June 9, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks for putting all this information out there ya’ll are funny

  25. Máire Olsson on June 9, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your youtube channel. I’m probably at the 5th stage and very keen to make things. I’m already refurbishing old furniture but would love to build new things, even if using old materials. My biggest challenge is space. I live in an apartment with no access to a garage, shed, etc. Any advice would be gratefully received on how to make things when you don’t have any space. Or the space is a room in a rented apartment. Thanks for making these videos of your amazing work and ideas.

  26. J Bourgeois on June 9, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    2:27 that is a gorgeous sharpener

  27. felton smith on June 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    When drawing and or 3d modeling how do you know it will be able to stand and hold the weight of a person (it whatever it’s meant to hold). That stool looks like it would fall over easily.

  28. Vanshav Bhalla on June 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    I live in India where there is no such thing as woodworking classes and even woodworking is just basic carpentry and in factories. People dont take it as a hobby. My parents were suprised to know that I want to create things using woodworking and blacksmithing. But I cant even buy basic hand tools. Would help me very much if someone could tell me a solution to my problem.

  29. Dominic Cruz on June 9, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    I glad I found your videos on woodworking. I am new to woodworking and would like to start working with wood. Watching your videos and seeing all the machines and tools you use to make your projects overwhelmed me. I am on the verge of retiring after working for so long. I’m feeling a bit antsy with the thought of sitting idle with nothing to do. I do like working with my hands and have done a few projects with little or no real training. My projects work for the most part but could use a little more fine tuning. I have thought about taking a woodworking workshop from our local community college, I just have to find one. Your video answered my questions about where to start my next adventure. Thanks for sharing and look forward to seeing more of your woodworking videos.

  30. W P on June 9, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    How i Got started:
    Sold my Car , invested 2000 Euro in Tools and went 20kilometers to my Shop and 20 kilometers Back Home by Bike …..dont worry, i have an Car again .

  31. Ghost on June 9, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Very inspiring video, thanks Shaun

  32. Andy Jame on June 9, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    I’ve assembled sheds in time past yet this plan outlines are excellent woodplans.works This woodwork plan is second to none. I’ve never seen such. The sheds are looking extremely pleasant and the building arrangement guidelines are so gritty and exceptionally all around arranged. This is cool!

  33. AlmostAnEngineer on June 9, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    The first few pieces I made were with a pen and paper, I must have been 7/8 years old, I then lost interest until I was about 20, and drew some digital pieces, I’m now 34 and made my first plywood cabinet, it’s not perfect, more shop furniture grade, but I put my tea, and phone on it, and it works as a bedside cabinet.

    I’ve a lot to learn, but goes to show that sometimes a key ingredient in patience, and a little time.

  34. Cristófano Varacolaci on June 9, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Man i always appreciate people that help others to get started into something with the mentality that the tools arent everything but to actual start doing what you want to try with some creativity to avoid the big investment and still have the experience of doing stuff

  35. Kandice Thon on June 9, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    This was the best video I have seen on youtube. And not just in the woodworking category. Best video on here. I enjoyed the vibe very much. I wasn’t instanlty overwhelmed with yet another thing. I feel free to start. Because that’s the first step! Thank you!

  36. munchinwit theMUNCHIES on June 9, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Great job.

  37. Tegridy Farms on June 9, 2022 at 9:13 pm

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  38. Craig Piech on June 9, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Chris, Chris, Chris.
    I almost had my wife sold on the idea of getting that new Festool plunge cut saw and you blew it!

  39. Grandma Josephine on June 9, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    I want to know how to STOP woodworking.

  40. Luis Enrique Leon on June 9, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Which program you use to model in 3D

  41. Warren Baker on June 9, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    I love this channel. You both have such big hearts and a truly philosophical approach to woodworking that makes it a lot more than woodworking. It’s a lifestyle thing. This vid is highly recommended for all of us beginning and a bit further on. And it shows how you could share your knowledge with others if you are further on in your woodworking journey!!

  42. JBratt on June 9, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    I have been a woodworker for more years than I like to admit. I have acquired some pretty good skills and still like to challenge myself on projects. Funny thing is I still enjoy occasionally making a cutting board.

  43. Darik Khasanov on June 9, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Very informative! Thanks!

  44. Your Local Lesbian on June 9, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention renting tools!!

  45. Jim on June 9, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Your subtle humor is awesome you guys! They’re like Easter eggs in each production. Keep ‘em coming!!

  46. headybrew on June 9, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Oh, I need tools. I need *ALL* the tools!

  47. DIY Perspective on June 9, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    This is such a great video. It is true. JUST DO IT. JUST START.
    However, if you start carving a piece with a utility knife you probably will have a horrible time and will never want to do it again. I think tools are what make the process itself enjoyable. They save time and improve your results. And who doesn’t like that? And when you like the process itself you are more likely to be motivated to start new projects. But in the end, if you don’t have the motivation to start with basic tools there is a high chance that expensive tools collection won’t do much for you.

  48. The Westmount Group on June 9, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    I enjoyed listening to the video as I was updating spreadsheets. Over 40 years ago I expressed interest in woodworking, I never lacked folks who were willing to teach. They are out there knock on doors and offer to help out. We have a number of people who raid our waste bins for material. We are happy to give away the materials that others need to start their projects. Everything in this short video is true. If you want to build there should be no barriers. Habitat ReStores are a great place to find good used tools. Have Fun Be Safe and don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
    Great channel guys.

  49. Enternamehere on June 9, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    You’re such an inspiration. Thank you for the video!!

  50. Murilo Ribeiro on June 9, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Disponibilize legenda em português por favor, sou brasileiro e gosto muito dos seus vídeos e ajudaria muito.