Best First Hand Tools and First Projects for Hand Tool Woodworking

Best First Hand Tools and First Projects for Hand Tool Woodworking

What are the best first hand tools for woodworking and what should I build first? today on Wood By Wright 2 we will be looking at a beginner set of hand tools and what projects you can make with those. this is beginner woodworking and limited tools fun for anyone who wants to have a fun time int he shop.

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  1. Walker on July 9, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    James is so wrong on this and I’m going to tell you why…. Because at the end he says we’re going to bicker and say how wrong he is. I wished I had a video like this when I started. I did everything backwards. Hell, I owned ever tool before the ones on this list and what a hard road it’s been. Great job James ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  2. HHH on July 9, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    I strongly disagree on the part where you buy a new as you need it for a project. One should buy a new tool when you get the itch ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. FURNITURE RAYAT on July 9, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Beautiful tool my brother ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

  4. Neztica on July 9, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Don’t you use power machine?

  5. artawhirler on July 9, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Excellent video! Thanks! Best advice: Don’t buy anything till you need it!

  6. Freq Boutique on July 9, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    Loved my first Mill Boss, took the time to show me everything. I still have the memo pad and kept notes on everything, edge banding, Hing Plate, Drawer Gigs. But taught me so many skills like letting chisels do the work so not to fillet my knuckle skin. I think this is a general rule for the new hires who have chisels, show them.

  7. Thomas Costello on July 9, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    really appreciate this video. I’m newly retired a 64yo newbie so don’t laugh when I ask ‘what’s a dovetail?’

  8. Josh Walker on July 9, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    my favorite mallet is a 12โ€ hunk of 4×4 with the bottom half carved away for a handle. you just make a 1โ€ cut all around the middle and carve the handle out. Lasts about six months then you make a new one.

  9. Benjamin Frayser on July 9, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Sorry to be late to this party. Here is what I have realized as a now experienced newb.
    4 tools are needed to start:
    1) something to mark/measure
    2) something to cut
    3) something to pare/trim
    4) something to assemble (until aquired skill can rely solely on #3, when you then have choices for assembly)

    Every tool is just a variation on these 4 tasks.

    Thanks for all the help and insight over the years, James.

  10. Colton on July 9, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    No! You need to buy every Lie-Nielsen and Veritas tool in their catalog before you can even think about doing your first project.

  11. Asel Goro on July 9, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Wobbly table ๐Ÿ˜… am on that stage now ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  12. Kewonerdk on July 9, 2023 at 2:24 pm


    Otherwise a nice video, and I agree on most of what you are saying.

    Why am I watching this? After working as a professional woodworker for the last 20 years this video should be completely waste of time. But I enjoyed it for some reason, except for the f…ing blue planes!!!!

  13. Flash Washington on July 9, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you.

  14. Freq Boutique on July 9, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    Loved my Bench in the cabinet shop, I was excited to jump in to our multiple projects. Surface was 4×8, at waist level the perimeter had a perimeter shelf between knee and waste level for easy access to all jibs, formers, jointers, vice. Larger jigs on bottom ankle shelf. Pneumatic tools hung on 1 corner. On average I assembled $50,000 of Cabinets alone on the table while managing the line boring, edge banding, Hinge plates. Boss ran the table saw (no software) bff ran the paint, stain, laminate, Joints, Frames, helper pre loaded jobs. The 4 of us installed each job. Didnt make much money but loved my job and coworkers. The Recession and GCs holding retainer carrots destroyed my bosses shop. Small shops, baby your negotiated Contractor Client relationships. Your value is your craft and punctuality. Dont be afraid to negotiate an expedited Retainer agreement. Your labor Burden and hourly rates need to be in writing.

  15. Ja Nee on July 9, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    I made my Roubo style workbench out of 2 dinertables i got for โ‚ฌ10 each.
    If you want to start woodbuilding this is a great first practice and workbench.

    Pro tip : have a look at decent Japanese saws like (shark Saw) they make life a lot simpler.
    Get the cheapest chisel you can find to learn how to Sharpen
    And get a quality set for actual woodworking like (Bahco)
    If you need a handplane and you do have the money , go for a Lee Nielsen or Veritas. ,Forget the new Stanley ones.
    Quansheng is a Nice budget version and better quality than Stanley.

  16. Revrinn on July 9, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you. I like your philosophy of Just do it, don’t worry, and have fun

  17. Stuart Osborne on July 9, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Great video, thankyou for sharing.

  18. Dave Brown on July 9, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    I suggest a flat granite tile from the big box store instead of glass for your first sharpening setup. Cheaper and safer.

  19. Talbert McMullin on July 9, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Add card scrapers to the list. Cheap and useful as final steep..

  20. Bilal Bali on July 9, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Hello sir I’m leaving in Pakistan I. I want wooden tolls

  21. FirstName LastName on July 9, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Another good thing about a bench being your first project is that every mistake you make will be right there in front of you every day you’re woodworking. So you’ll remember those mistakes.
    For me it was not planing some of the surfaces straight enough on my joiners bench, and not leaving the wood settle for long enough, so it has a few gaps here and there.
    But, to make myself feel better I just tell myself that I didn’t have a bench to make the bench on.

  22. Dyana Mullican on July 9, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    I have everything except the plainers. Now I need to build a work bench. At 77 I figured I could try wood working.

  23. Benjamin Frayser on July 9, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for another terrific video, James. A couple of FB groups i follow get the "I’m just starting; what do I buy/build first" question on the regular.

    Now I have a video to share in answer.

  24. Ironicist on July 9, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    First project should be a Fully Equipped Workshop! Go out and splurge! Then regret and you will make woodworking a career to get your money back lol

  25. Thomas Costello on July 9, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    subscribed, hit the bell and ready to go

  26. skaruts on July 9, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for making this video. It’s reassuring to know I already have most of what I need, that my grandfathers used 25-35 years ago. I could swear they had a hand plane, but I haven’t seen one yet. Their tools are in serious need of restoration and sharpening, but I suppose I can make do. I’m just not too confident about the saws. They’re all bent and toothless, I’m not sure I can fix them. They’re all rip saws though, so I may have to take the time to adapt one or two as well. I still have their workbench and a small vice. It’s not looking too bad, I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Bryan on July 9, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    Doing it since you were 5 years old guy? So in between shitting in your pants and rubbing it all over your face, you were building custom furniture huh?? Lol. Just playin with ya man, great vid

  28. Garry Sanderson on July 9, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    You can sharpen crosscut blades with a bike chain btw, just have to heat it up. I used to live off-grid for years and had to figure out a way

  29. ared18t on July 9, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Saw, Handplane, two stones (use three surface method to flatten no need for flat surface), chisels and a strop.

  30. Steve C on July 9, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    Great advice and video James!

  31. Tire Guy on July 9, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    So I am a bit discouraged at the cost of some of these hand woodworking tools. I know I can spend weekends searching garage sales and antique shops then more hours trying to restore them, which by the way I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I can also try to get some cheap tools from Harbor Freight or Amazon but many of the review like the one I saw on Stanley’s New No. 4 Bench Plane said thing like it worked OK after a spent hours getting it right, or it broke after a couple of weeks of use. Then you think maybe I’ll spend a bit more than $30 and find the next jump up is $130-$225 for the same tool. Is there a brand out there that hits the middle of the road? I don’t want to be junking tools or spending hours trying to restore them and the cost of some of the more expensive tools has me thinking I can get that in a power version for less.

  32. J Way on July 9, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Great inspirational video for a new woodworker. Takes me back to when I started my hand tool woodworking journey. Thanks James

  33. Jim Dockrell on July 9, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Good advise and logical too.

  34. Rocky Mountain Bear on July 9, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    I might add a small cutting hatchet. I was lucky enough to be my granddad’s favorite grandchild. He left me a bunch of nice woodworking tools. I’d rather have him back, but such is life.

  35. Vinny Smith on July 9, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    What is a quality workbench build you recommend?

  36. Andy Brinson on July 9, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    I started hand tool woodworking off and on recently. I have made my first firewood mallet and been practicing dovetails using old fence post scrsps. Used firewood to carve out a couple jewelry boxes to gain experience with chisels and am just trying to get things looking nice. Have no previous woodworking experience at all. Thank you for the videos. They are my go to

  37. Kent on July 9, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Building a workbench is a lot like voting. For best results, it should be done early and often.

  38. TehVince on July 9, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for the video! It’s a great reminder that I have all I need to get building. I’m thinking about upgrading my chisels from the Harbor Freight chisels soon with individually purchased chisels. Do you have a recommendation on the order of chisels to get (Namely for household furniture)??
    I know it depends on my own work, but I will be traveling to Japan soon and I’m thinking about picking up 2-3 chisels while I am there and I haven’t figured out which chisels I use most yet.

  39. Lebowski69 on July 9, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    7:59 that gesture

  40. Bill K. on July 9, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for a great video, as always, James.

  41. Nia Edmonds on July 9, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Can someone explain to me this whole โ€œnumber 4โ€ & โ€œnumber 5โ€ hand plane business in a bit more detail for those looking at descriptions that do not match such tags….?

  42. William Delmar on July 9, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Need a mallet, take a broken oak limb (stripped of bark) that is regularly shaped. A leg from a broken discarded table/chair can be used. I often just grab (grabbed) a chunk of 2×4 for a mallet. Yes, I have a mallet now.

  43. Chap Harrison on July 9, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Iโ€™m so glad to hear someone NOT say stuff like โ€œyouโ€™ll want your chisels to be of the highest quality so be prepared to spend big bucks on a good set, and get no fewer than three grades of sharpening stones…etc.โ€ On the other hand, recommending $7 chisel set from Harbor Freight and a few pieces of sandpaper, tells me this guy isnโ€™t going to dampen my enthusiasm by throwing a lot of obstacles in my way. Subscribing.

  44. Wolf Paw Armoury on July 9, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    My first tool wasn’t a hand tool, it was a 4.5 inch circular saw that was bundled with a folding sawhorse/work table from Worx. That being said, I definitely agree that a saw should be the third tool a woodworker gets at the least.

    I haven’t built my own workbench yet because I live off a fixed income, but that’s certainly a priority when I do have the skills and money to do so.

  45. Andrei Charpentier Quesada on July 9, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    One time i have read in some place: "the workbench its not most important stuff, but surely its one of the most, simply its the biggest clamp in the shop"

  46. Patrick Howie on July 9, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    For sure people just starting out need a lie Nielsen replica no 51 shooting plane and a vintage Stanley metal shooting board. The number one bench plane is for serious woodworkers only while casuals only have no. 2-8 from post ww2 era. Lol! ๐Ÿ˜… My favorite starter woodworking tools for real though have been my harbor freight chisels and ryoba saw. As I upgrade other tools to meet my projects & skills per your advice, I still canโ€™t think of a reason why Iโ€™d need anything else from my chisels yet. A 1/4โ€-1 1/2โ€ is an incredible value for so many beginning projects. Thanks for the content.

  47. Tim Royal on July 9, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Auger bits are actually really hard to come by in the West and sets are REALLY expensive. Suggestions? No MWTCA even close to me!

  48. Cindy Harrison on July 9, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Wish I saw this before I went crazy ๐Ÿ˜• buying tools ๐Ÿ”ง ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

  49. Ivey's Family Factotum on July 9, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Great video bud. I think I have went completely out of order but that’s okay…lol.

  50. Anthony Beers on July 9, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    I am call BS on cheap steel. Never buy an edge tool that is not hard.