5 Woodworking YouTube Channels You Should Subscribe To Today

Erez Zukerman 07-04-2014

Woodworking is a highly visual craft. There’s just something photogenic about lumber getting cut to size, dry-fit, glued or tacked together, and finally sanded down and finished into a beautiful piece of furniture. Even if you’re not a woodworker yourself, watching high-quality woodworking videos is a great way to learn about how stuff gets made, and who knows, you might even realize you want to make something yourself.

Over a year ago, I wrote up a round-up of three woodworking resources Learn To Build Your Own Furniture With These Impressive Carpentry & Woodworking Resources Few things are as satisfying and relaxing as making something new with your own hands. Programming comes close, at least for me (and I've recently offered some tips on learning to code), but it's still... Read More which included talented YouTube woodworkers Matthias Wandel, Steve Ramsey, and Marc Spagnuolo, AKA The Wood Whisperer. All three still produce wonderful work — and today I’d like to introduce you to five other YouTube woodworking channels worth following.

Frank Howarth

Frank’s work is visually arresting. This is not necessarily a channel you’re going to learn from, if you’re a novice woodworker or just getting into the field. The main reason to subscribe to Frank’s channel is how gorgeous his work is. The pieces he makes are always artfully conceived, even if it’s just a simple bookcase or a bench. Add to that his killer stop-motion and filmmaking skills, and you get a YouTube channel you can share with anyone, even if they think they’re not remotely interested in the craft.

John Heisz

Based in Canada, John’s style is much more down to earth than Frank’s, but some of his work is just as awe-inspiring:

Not all of John’s videos are so crazy. In fact, what makes his channel worth subscribing to is that many are approachable and useful even for woodworking novices, such as this handy no-measure method for attaching drawer slides:

John also makes some more informal videos, and isn’t afraid to appear silly in front of the camera. Just about every video he makes is interesting, but I particularly recommend those videos in which he makes his own tools, like this entire playlist about making a vise.

Jay Bates

The first word that comes to mind for describing Jay’s work: Accessible. Even if you are brand-new to woodworking and don’t have many tools, you can follow many of Jay’s projects. It’s not just the choice of tools and techniques, but also his straightforward and friendly presentation style. Here is a video that’ll be handy for anyone just shopping for a new kitchen:

When you first start with woodworking, the biggest barrier often isn’t in the shop: It’s in planning your work, figuring out how to make what you want to make, which materials you’ll need, and how much to get. That’s why planning your projects is so important, and Jay has an entire series of superb SketchUp tutorials for woodworking:

If you’d like to read some more about SketchUp, check out Ryan’s article on how to plan a home DIY project with SketchUp 3D Design for Daily Life: How to Plan a Home DIY Project With Sketchup Doing a home improvement project on your own isn't always a simple matter. Sometimes it seems simple enough when you get started, but before you know it, you realize that if you had just taken... Read More . And if the idea of 3D design in general captivates your imagination, you should read our interview with world-class 3D artist Rafael Grassetti How A Dream Job Comes True: Interviewing World-Class 3D Artist Rafael Grassetti It's not every day that I get to pick the brain of a world-leading 3D artist -- but that's exactly what I got to do with Rafael Grassetti. You may not recognize Rafael's name, but... Read More .


Not many YouTube woodworking channels are run by guys who also happen to have PhD’s in medicinal chemistry, but this one is. Brian Grella’s channel offers a mix between more atmospheric videos that aren’t heavy on explanations (as the one shown above), and ones that are firmly in how-to territory, like this one for making a beautiful wooden bowl using nothing but a router and a drill press (no lathe required):


This last YouTube channel is a commercial. For me, it just goes to show that not all YouTube commercials have to be annoying. Instead of forcing you to watch a typical TV ad ported over to the Web, tool company Ryobi went ahead and made a channel… and the videos are not about its tools:

The videos are clearly professionally produced and try to imitate the “authentic” YouTube woodworker look — but the projects are accessible and clearly explained. The cohesive style that ties the channel together makes it worth watching, and the fact you only need simple tools to create the projects shown doesn’t hurt, either.

Who Did I Miss?

YouTube is a big place, and there are countless other talented woodworkers showing off their trade there. Which ones did I miss, and why are they worth mentioning? Chime in below with links to woodworking videos you love.

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  1. Rayo
    April 3, 2018 at 4:27 am

    I know this is an older article, but I feel like we would all benefit from watching two guys who aren't just Youtube woodworkers, but also literal legends in the woodworking world. The fact that they have Youtbue channels is a huge bonus and an incredible resource!

    Rob Cosman and Paul Sellers. Rob is damn near a genius when it comes to woodworking. He routinely comes up with methods and tools that sort of change the way we all do things in the shop. The guy is also an amazing instructor. Paul Sellers is also an amazing instructor. These are the kinds of guys that all the rest on your list learned how to woodwork from!

    An honorable mention would go to the Samurai Carpenter who is so talented it will make you sick!

  2. Mike
    October 21, 2017 at 6:17 am

    The wood whisperer for sure!

  3. Aziz
    July 3, 2017 at 10:06 am

    in addition to the above, could be:
    Ana White
    DIY Creators
    Jon Peters Art & Home
    Kyle Toth
    Make Something
    Modern Builds
    Rag 'n' Bone Brown
    Sean Robino
    Steve Ramsey

  4. nothere
    February 9, 2017 at 2:15 am

    darbin orvar
    a female woodworker that will impress

  5. Dan Rodgers
    December 2, 2016 at 6:11 am

    2 people to think about, Matt Cremona and the Samurai Carpenter.

  6. Greg
    February 12, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    April Wilkerson

  7. John Carter
    December 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Are you kidding me? Paul Sellers didn't make the list? Your list just lost all credibility.

  8. Chedballz
    November 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Blazingnailgun gas a pretty good channel.

    David Waelder who works with Jimmy Diresta

    Joe Basementwoodworking is an up and comer

    Jim Steinbrecher

    Thom Stevens

    Sandra Powell

    Ron Paulk

  9. Anonymous
    October 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Diresta (Jimmy) Based in NYC. Not just woodwork, but V creative! Entertaining to see the apparent ease with which he creates amazing pieces.

  10. Anonymous
    August 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    TheGeekPub is my favorite!

  11. Dennis
    April 7, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Poul Sellers

  12. pcb1962
    March 22, 2015 at 1:23 am
  13. Ronnie Trostle
    March 19, 2015 at 12:54 am

    M F Woodshop with Mike Fulton if you havnt seen it you should check it out along with Mike's mindful minutes.

  14. Niels
    February 24, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Was already subscribed to most of the channels above, now subscribed to the ones I didn't know about :D

    Missing in the list is wranglestar, probably not the most experienced woodworker but do love his channel and his projects and the way he shows he is still learning:

  15. Andrea
    January 24, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    These are awesome channels.
    I would include: DiResta, Izzy, Steve French, Nick Ferry, Darbin Orvar, Carl Jacobson
    Also check out my channel :)
    Take care,
    Andrea Arzensek

  16. muaddib
    July 13, 2014 at 1:27 am

    missed the most important and longest broadcasting woodworker out there, The woodwrights Shop with Roy Underhill.

  17. Jeremie
    April 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Erez

    Thank you very much for your comment, I am very happy that you lke my project and the film,
    I put a lot of energy on it, to see a reaction like yours or Jim is just amazing and motivate me more than ever :)

    Now I have 892 wiew in 2 days ^^ It's strange i'm not use to it..

    Thank you again and thank you Jim !!

  18. Phil R
    April 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Another great one is Rock-n H Woodshop.

  19. Drew M.
    April 8, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    You already listed my favorite: Mathias Wandel. Great lists, both in the article and comments.

    Thanks, all!

  20. Ali
    April 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Great list Erez,

    Well, you already mentioned Matthias (Woodworking from an engineer's perspective), Steve (WW4MM), and Marc , AKA (HE WHO WHISPERS TO THE WOOD).

    I always watch Weekly Woodworking Wrap-up Review videos by the Drunken Woodworker (David Picciuto). That would assure you won't miss interesting stuff.

    Some of other nice channels I watch occasionally:
    Alain Vaillancourt (TheWoodPecker):
    Jack Houweling:
    Carl Jacobson (for Woodturning):
    Chris Pine:
    Steve Carmichael:
    Alex Harris (Young talent ThisWoodWork):

    I will mentioned the other's next year.

  21. Jeremie
    April 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I made this project 2 years ago and nbext month we will shoot my new project :) very exited about it

    • Erez Z
      April 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Okay, that just totally blew me away. I clicked through not expecting too much, and I was frankly shocked by the quality, both of the video and of the project. Amazing, amazing work - I can't believe it only has 37 views!

      I'm now your first subscriber. ;) Looking forward to the next video!

    • Jim
      April 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      I'm your second sub. What a great video! Love it, this should go viral in the woodworking YouTube video scene!

    • BoLandman
      February 3, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      I've been watching a ton of wood working videos for the last year and never came across your. Very well done and beautiful work. I'm your next subscriber.

  22. Doug Simpson
    April 8, 2014 at 7:01 am

    These five are good, but two I had never heard of until this list.

    I was surprised Steve Ramsey isn't on this list.

    Another one I watch frequently is the Carmichael Workshop.

  23. David
    April 8, 2014 at 4:42 am
  24. Donald Fugitt
    April 8, 2014 at 3:38 am

    April Wilkerson
    Wilkerdo or wilkerdo n't

  25. Anonymous
    April 8, 2014 at 3:15 am

    You missed Matthias Wandel, another Canadian, and a guy who takes an engineers approach to woodworking, including lots of experiments to prove what joints hold longer, or what gluing technique works best:

    • cw
      April 8, 2014 at 3:49 am


    • Erez Z
      April 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Already mentioned in a previous post, and in the intro for this one.

  26. Todd
    April 8, 2014 at 1:24 am

    How about Laney Shaunessy?

    • Erez Z
      April 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Nice, thank you!

  27. Eric Morin
    April 8, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Steve Ramsey's "woodworking for mere mortals"

    • Erez Z
      April 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Already mentioned in a previous post, and in the intro to this one.

  28. Tim Bain
    April 8, 2014 at 12:52 am

    You missed the boss. Norm Abram. The New Yankee Workshop , loads all over YouTube, like this one , Google NYW and look t the price of the DVD box sets, I was thinking of buying some...then I saw the cost lol.

    • Erez Z
      April 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Yeah, I actually didn't mention Yankee Workshop because what you find on YouTube looks like it's pirated... So I didn't think he would appreciate that.

  29. Jon
    April 8, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I'm subbed to a few if I had to pick just two:

    Paul Sellers

    Tom Fidgen - Unplugged Woodshop

    • Erez Z
      April 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations, Jon!

  30. Patrick
    April 7, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Your missing Steve Ramsey-Woodworking For Mere Mortals. He is on YouTube and has his own website. ,I am surprised he was not mentioned. Very entertaining and terrific sense of humor

    • Erez Z
      April 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      "Over a year ago, I wrote up a round-up of three woodworking resources which included talented YouTube woodworkers Matthias Wandel, Steve Ramsey, and Marc Spagnuolo, " :)

    • Samual B
      April 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      At the top of the article, he mentioned Steve Ramsey and said here is 5 others to check out.

  31. Ray
    April 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Watch izzy Swan for great woodworking tips and jigs

    • Erez Z
      April 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      I love Izzy Swan too :) Might mention in a future post!

  32. jamieg
    April 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    You missed Diresta. The undisputed king of woodworking.

    • Erez Z
      April 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Hey, that is a lovely channel! Might mention it in a future roundup, thanks!