How I Got Started in Hand Tool Woodworking And First Projects for the Beginner

How I Got Started in Hand Tool Woodworking And First Projects for the Beginner

So how exactly does one get started in hand tool woodworking and what would make a good beginner project. in this video, I go through what I did as starter projects and what I suggest.

My first videos – Be ware they are OLD!!!

Making tools play List –

Mallet –
Winding sticks –
Carving –
Joints –
Smoothing plane –
Square –
Clamps –

—Tools I Use—

—Book I am Listening to in the video—
The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of TimeBook 5) (7.5 out of 10) –
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  1. Brennan Cooper on March 19, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    I love The Wheel of Time series, they’re the next choices for me on my own Audible account! Glad to see another craftsman listening to books in the workshop.

  2. IrritaDad on March 19, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Ye olde shoppe projects! Nice!

  3. Bencil Busher on March 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    1:50 bang

  4. Scott McIntyre on March 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Very helpful and insightful video. Thanks for your channel.

  5. Ricky on March 19, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    I’m Dutch so my first project should probably be clogs.
    I don’t even own a pair. I should be ashamed of myself. Also, I go to a college that has an agricultural course and some of those students actually wear those things to school.

  6. Chris Church on March 19, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    I need a card scraper. I can’t count how many cheap handsaws I passed up at flea markets that I could’ve used. Grrr.

  7. J G on March 19, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    My first wood working project was a star nosed mole carving, I did it when I was like 12 and it was horrible, but that’s what started it all.

  8. Pausanias of Ithaca on March 19, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    This video was a huge inspiration to me. My current goal project is a Moravian workbench as seen on Wood and Shop. I recently finished my own take on Rex Kruger’s $30 workbench, which will allow me to make the wooden-bodied planes and give me the holding options I need.

    Thanks for sharing your story and making woodworking so approachable. I really appreciated the joy with which you spoke about the process and showed off the tools you made.

  9. joey bacon on March 19, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    i just finished my mallet today and got a bench. i think i might make an oyster. hahaha kidding aside i might make clamps now

  10. willie boggs on March 19, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve got lots of power tools and am proficient with them but, I had always wanted a heavy work bench.
    Mine is about 5 1/2 feet by 30 inches and 35 inches high. It is nearly finished and although far from perfect, is 100% handmade and I am very proud of it.

  11. TheKiddSocks on March 19, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    For so many years I have watched programmes and videos on woodwork because it was always a love of mine. Unfortunately, I was never allowed to persue it because it wasn’t "academic" or "ladylike" and now at 31 years old I look on longing to start. I have no money and no tools. I do have a a garage space however after a recent move and for the first time ever, I actually feel a little hopeful, like maybe I could actually do this…Thank you for this video, you have made it seem possible…

  12. Alan Smith on March 19, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Excellent fireside chat! Thoroughly enjoyed your instructions.

  13. Yang Ji on March 19, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    The key to a good beginner project is "begin".

  14. CMDR Schime on March 19, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Make tools to make tools πŸ˜‰

  15. chesapeake on March 19, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    I say your first project should be whatever you want to build.

  16. Horacio Botta on March 19, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Very inspirational. Are you saying you never got classes from a teacher? I always wanted to start with woodworking and now I’m purchasing and preparing some good old tools like planes, chisels and bits. Your channel and Paul Sellers are definitively my favourites. Thank you so much. Greetings from Uruguay, South America.

  17. Future Traveler on March 19, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    A lot of wood working seems to be wood working for wood working. I need to wood work so I can start wood working. Then once you master wood working, now you can begin to work with wood.

  18. Robert Mielke on March 19, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Ah the good old days, the beginning of your YouTube channel. I still like going back and watching some of the basic projects now that we’re in the middle of Winter in New England and my hand tools are king.

  19. piworower on March 19, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    how much would it cost to buy the lumber and he tools at a store? im just looking for a realistic starting budget.

  20. BOOKIE KILLER on March 19, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Can we all agree if u can build a bench wood working isn’t for u

  21. Paul Boegel on March 19, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Absolutely. I have built up my shop over the years by buying the tools or router bits for the job at hand. After a while you have all the tools you need and have some skill with them. Saves you a TON of money as well. Really good advice for the new woodworker.

  22. Bill Bye on March 19, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    oh no! wooden birkenstocks. lol

  23. witchy hour on March 19, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    So awesome! Glad you mentioned that you have playlists with projects. I’ll be trying to follow your steps.

    Thanks for sharing your journey and knowledge! πŸ‘πŸ€“πŸ’–

  24. john lobo on March 19, 2022 at 5:49 pm


  25. geoff spence on March 19, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    I had a busted hammer, got loaned a rusty saw and built a garden seat with a table……..

  26. Bill K. on March 19, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Good one.

  27. Joshua Mirabal on March 19, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    So this is like Minecraft. Once you make your crafting table you can make everything else!

  28. Tim Dahl on March 19, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    I love it when he has to begin with a trigger warning! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

  29. Tae Jun on March 19, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    "and even shoes!" -only thing said about insanely ornate wooden shoes

  30. ared18t on March 19, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I Already had a bench although it was made with nails oof. So I got some old 2×4’s screws a ryoba saw a chisel a mallet and a hammer. I squared everything up and screwed the 2×4’s at 45 degree angles to the legs and 1×4 supports. now I need to remove the nails. Maybe I should have done that first :'(

  31. Erk on March 19, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    The world WILL be my oyster

  32. Living A Bipolar Life on March 19, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you as i really need a bench

  33. Ray Vega on March 19, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    I have a shop class and I kinda wanna do some hand tool woodworking because of NCIS since Mark Harmon (fun fact: he’s a carpenter before he hit it big) plays a main character who is a federal agent who have some hand tool woodworking. I always kinda wanna build a boat or something without power tools lol

  34. Allan MacDonald on March 19, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks! Appreciate it!

  35. Mary F. on March 19, 2022 at 6:09 pm


  36. Joe’s Garage on March 19, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Found a chunk of dense exotic hardwood at woodcraft for $2 per pound. Bought it and two longer pieces for a handle for $10.

    Mallets stock is out there

  37. Braxtly Tools on March 19, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    I love this video! Great job.
    Emmy Braxtly

  38. HDEFMAN1 on March 19, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    This guy is inspirational !

  39. Gautam Kumar on March 19, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Sir some time spoke in Hindi

  40. β€”__β€”/*_*β€”__β€” on March 19, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    OMG u are such a big inspiration I’m 13 and wanting to do some project

  41. Michael Fulton on March 19, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    I love this channel and your attitude!

  42. Irhalas on March 19, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I see a Minecraft reference in there

  43. Jon Mullins on March 19, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Well, I’m glad that I stumbled across this video. I’ve been wanting to get into woodworking for a while, but I always overthink everything. Instead of starting at the beginning, I always seem to try and jump in somewhere in the middle of it all. Thanks for the inspiration! Now I know where to start. Step 1 … Clean out the basement/garage.

  44. JB Tallullah on March 19, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    This was my first video by James and now I am back here and it is a great starting point for this channel. I have really enjoyed this channel and wood by wright 2. I put them up there with Paul Sellers… Better dad jokes though.

  45. Thomas H on March 19, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Wow really helpful, interesting how you started with DIY bench as well. Great Video!

  46. Laundry Sauce 2 on March 19, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    I use tools meant for welding to work with wood since it’s what i got

  47. Fuking Omar on March 19, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    I like the chisel plane. Is it to scale haha.

  48. Dino Silone on March 19, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    This was great advice, and I’m so glad you didn’t say the ideal first project is a cutting board!!!

  49. adam toth on March 19, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I think my biggest hurdle initially was to work through my perfectionism and accept mistakes and work through them. We get better with practice and can start making bigger and better things

  50. Kymela Tejasi on March 19, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    I have no room for a workbench yet, but I definitely want to make a mallet like that.