In this video, I break down my 5 favourite tools for hand cut joinery that I couldn’t live without. You would have seen these used extensively in my Hand-Cut joint series and now is your chance to learn a little bit more about them.


Knew Concepts

Swann-Morton SM01 Blades:

Gyokucho Dozuki Saw:

Faithfull Engineers Squares:

Veritas Marking Gauge:

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My name is Matt Estlea, I’m a 22 year old Woodworker from Basingstoke in England and my aim is to make your woodworking less s***.

I come from 5 years tuition at Rycotewood Furniture Centre and 4 years experience working at Axminster Tools and Machinery where I still currently work on weekends. During the week, I film woodworking projects, tutorials, reviews and a viewer favourite ‘Tool Duel’ where I compare two cometitive manufacturers tools against one another to find out which is best.

I like to have a laugh and my videos are quite fast paced BUT you will learn a lot, I assure you.

Lets go make a mess.




  1. bazalboy on January 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Matt great video. I have one of those knew concept coping saw which I use for skirting scribes only. Where do u get blades from I’m struggling to source ones which are not for metal work only

  2. Matt Moody on January 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    For a better marking gauge, check out Hamilton’s Tools marking gauge. There is a 4" and 6" version with a variety of wood species and the cross beam make it extremely accurate.

  3. Digger D on January 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    That fret saw is way way beyond my budget 😉 $200 Cdn with taxes. Nuts for something that holds a inexpensive blade. Yes its a nice saw, no I won’t buy one lol.

  4. Time for Wakey Wakey on January 9, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    nice video. one tool is despise is…..boris johnson 😉

  5. Maxime Côté on January 9, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    ‘’Don’t pay for the swivel and the rotating blade ones, save your money’’ said the man with 100$ pliers

  6. remi0321 on January 9, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    thx, ordered those blades look awsome

  7. ALPHAFERT on January 9, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I recently moved & decided building my dining room table was less expensive than buying it. I took woodshop in high school & have 9yrs of working with wood (musical instrument repair) but I must admit a lot has escaped me. A few days into my build I stumbled upon your vids & the info helped a lot. Now to start chairs.

  8. Kewonerdk on January 9, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I bought a faithfull set with a and absolutely nothing was usefull, the bevel and square was useless and really badly made, the planes was two pieces of shit. But I could use the iron cap I like the screw on design. So two old Baileys was updated with new iron caps.

  9. Prakash Nair on January 9, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    can you share the link relating to the tools and equipment used by you this link doesn’t seem to work If "you want to find out what other tools and equipment I own, have a look at my profile on:"

  10. B Souza on January 9, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    I’ve read that leaving your water stone in water for more than 10 minutes will soften the stone so it doesn’t cut correctly. Have you heard this?

  11. Nicholas Murphy on January 9, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Cool vid thanks for sharing

  12. Richard Albert on January 9, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    You look like Justin Trudeau’s illegitimate son.

  13. Hudson on January 9, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Ima need you to make me a marking knife handle… thanks

  14. John Caulfield on January 9, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Tell ya what….On your recommendation I went out and bought the Swann Morton marking knife and I quickly learned that I LOVE this F**KING THING…Tanks so much my friend. I just ordered 50 more blades.

  15. DDI DDI on January 9, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    stop using wood ..Greta Thunberg save the trees….

  16. Apex Herbivore on January 9, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    53 second dovetails. Nice.

  17. Karl Alan on January 9, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Surprised you didn’t have a chisel here or a plane. Come to think of it I cannot think of much of any projects that I would call "fine woodworking" wherein I only used hand tools, but only used 5 if you’re including all of the measuring/marking tools like this.

  18. Frank McKenzie on January 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Hey Matt, do you have any more Jesus pens?

  19. Texan Online on January 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    what a poser……sad

  20. wohsadusam on January 9, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    I’m a Sunday carpenter and recently I’ve bought Gyokucho Dotsuki 370 and 372 then I find some interesting thing.

    370 and 372 have same blade thickness of 0.3 mm but different tooth set-width/pitch, so they have bit different sawing feel.
    370: set width 0.46 mm, tooth pitch 1.0 mm/T
    372: set width 0.52 mm, tooth pitch 1.3 mm/T

    370 says it’s just "胴突(=doutsuki, means "having some stiff back")" on the package while 372 says not only "dotsuki" but also "縦挽" which
    means "for ripping".

    1. When crosscutting, 370 has a bit smoother feel than 372, but actual cut with is almost identical (370 is slightly narrower than 372, due to its narrower set width of 0.46 mm).
    2. When ripping, 372 is clearly smoother than 370. Surprisingly, not only that, the actual cut width of 372 is "NARROWER" than that of 370 even 372 has a wider set width; it’s a mystery of sawing world.
    3. If you want just one saw for tenoning, I recommend 372 rather than 370 because I think 372 is bit more versatile. If you are a tool enthusiast, it’s not the case and just buy both.

  21. Bob Jones on January 9, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Matt, I bought the Pégas coping saw blades from Knew Concepts, but they do not fit into the kerf of my Dozuki saw blade (which I believe is the same kerf size as from your Gyokucho). What am I missing?

  22. Mick Carter on January 9, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Matt, great videos. Do you a link for Jesus pens pls

  23. Terry Stephens on January 9, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Great summary, thanks Matt 😃👌👏👏👏

  24. bambam0751 on January 9, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Matt, im going to be getting one of the Fret saws base on your recommendation but i have a couple of questions. One; i noticed they ship it with a skip tooth blade and stock a lot more blades for it, do you know what blades are best for cutting out dovetails ect, honestly don’t know anything about different blades and my other question is, is there a easier way to ask you questions about tools ect other then commenting on i video? Many thanks and keep up the great work

  25. Digger D on January 9, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Is it just me or does Matt remind you of a young John Snow (stick em with the pointy end)? 😉

  26. MD Mynul Hossain on January 9, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    thanks for your videos

  27. Viviena Lane on January 9, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    oh Hello 👋 is this what you do for living when you’re not fighting the White Walkers ?

  28. CMP on January 9, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Other then a couple of brand differences, I use those same 5 tools all the time.

  29. Assaf Oppenheimer on January 9, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    @MattEstlea your link is off – it isn’t, its

  30. Camembert d'Alembert on January 9, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    the voice of Jon Snow.

  31. sfbjr22 on January 9, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    You should do a video on making your marking knife handle

  32. Bradley Tuckwell on January 9, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Just found you so far so good

  33. Matt Estlea on January 9, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    If you found this video useful, don’t forget to press the *LIKE* button. It really helps me out!

    Like the look of the workbench? Watch me make it here:

  34. Cuajomen on January 9, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I would do +0.1 or +0.2 on the exposure man

  35. frenstcht on January 9, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    FYI — Engineers’ squares have a little play in them, so if you drop one, you can hold the handle and whack it back into true by hitting the blade on a firm surface.

  36. Mark Shaw on January 9, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    That Knew Concept Fret saw is being advertised as £72.00 on amazon while it’s cheaper on eBay £68.30 free shipping…..someone should look into this !

  37. Rick Price on January 9, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I have 2 scroll saws I use for small (Dremel 20" – unpinned) and a Porter Cable (20" pinned) for larger ones. The unpinned blades work flawlessly in my Concepts fret saw. I can even use a #2s blade for super detail stuff. I buy most of my blades online in lots of 100 or 1 gross. Most excellent saw. As opposed to a scalpel blade, I use an X-Acto blade since they come in so many shapes and sizes. They are also cheap and available at Hobby Lobby.  

    I use a set of machinist/engineer squares that are probably 50 years old and dead on square. Also at least a dozen Speed Squares at places where they are in almost daily use around the farm. The speed squares get brutal use and are still dead on.

    Great videos. Thanks.

  38. Keefe Borden on January 9, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Great video.

  39. Dave Pierce on January 9, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Your approach to sharing your knowledge is fresh, clean and to the point. Rapidly becoming one of my very favorite sources for wood working tools and techniques.
    I recently had a life changing illness and can no longer do much of what I used to for fun and have found woodworking as my new outlet. You have given me the ability to crash course a lot of knowledge and I’m very thankful for that. Thank you Matt, your efforts are deeply appreciated. Cheers!!

  40. Robert C. Faucett on January 9, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Matt Estlea – Did you make the marking knife handle you have? Otherwise where did you buy it? The amazon link is a piece of doody.

  41. gypsycruiser on January 9, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    A drops of hydrogen peroxide in the water stone bath will prevent any bacteria and algae growth and keep the sides of plastic container cleaner .. other than that thank you for a great video

  42. non participant on January 9, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Hey Matt.
    The videos are awesome. There is no need to jump around like you’re leading a parade with a baton man. We can’t even see the items, they’re just a blur. JK, I wish I had you’re youthful energy again. Seriously though, lay off the Jolt before filming.

  43. Eric Splittgerber on January 9, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Great content Matt!
    Where do you get the handle for your Swann Morton blades?

  44. Ian Beer on January 9, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    thanks Matt, what handle are you using for the sm01 blades please?

  45. Matthew Campbell on January 9, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    This is an excellent wood working book I have ever read, “Bαzοmο Tdy Plαn” (Google it). Both beginner and a few seasoned woodworker can gain a lot of general details from this reading material. Amazingly, this book has been my partner when I want to look up woods at areas along with other topics such as restoring as well as salvaging spots. .

  46. Joel Hall on January 9, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Usually I love your videos, but other than buying engineer squares, I disagree with most of this.

  47. krossworks on January 9, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    I’m intrigued by your marking knife. Here is a suggestion for a video, how about doing one on making the holder/handle for it? Keep up the great content. I really enjoyed the dovetail box series. I used it to cut my first set of dovetails on a hall table. Thanks for all you do.

  48. Ray Tillman on January 9, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Quite liked the video, in contrast to this add i got from axminster tools today –

    Festool Mobile Workshop Complete MW1000-SET

    A really useful accessory for a cordless drill.

    Now £619.96

    A cordless drill is my one power tool(still got a brace though i hardly ever use it) BUT £620 for an accessory for it, I know Festool is expensive but dont you think that is going a bit far?

  49. Mark Bell on January 9, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Matt, can you play ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on your copping saw? … if so, I’m in.
    It’ll give me something to do while the glue is drying.


  50. Jim P on January 9, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    "One or two quid extra."
    How much is that in fins, greenbacks, or sawbucks?