I made this DIY shaker style country cupboard using only hand tools as a first project with my new work bench. I have been watching a lot of videos by Wood By Wright and The Hand Toolery (Links to their channels below) lately and was inspired to keep the woodworking machines turned off for this project. It has been a while since i did some traditional woodworking. The cupboard is made from the cheapest common white pine you can buy at the home center. I made the project using a lot of different types of joinery including mortise and tenons, sliding, through and half blind dovetails, ship lap and half lap joinery. It took me about 30 hours to complete and was a great project to pull out the hand saws, hand planes, chisels and more traditional woodworking tools. I had a great time making this project and I hope you enjoy the video. If you do, give me a thumbs up, leave a comment and subscribe to see more!
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The Hand Toolery
Wood By Wright
I love my hand tool but owning a custom furniture business im more of a hybrid woodworker now. I really enjoyed this video and you did a phenomenal job. Thank you for sharing and you have new subscriber. Btw wood by wright was the reason i picked up hand tools as well. Also i cant tell but are you using woodriver planes?
Another brilliantly explained video, you give everything a really logical flow that makes sense to the newbie. I was very impressed how you did the long dovetails. I really like Wood by Wright, a really nice guy and I envy his skills as I do yours.
Thank you. There are some really good makers to pull inspiration from. It was a couple years since doing an all hand tool project. Watching wood by wright and hand toolery got me excited to make something. They make it look so effortless, I forgot how labor intensive it was. Thanks for watching
This was a really cool build that brought back lots of memories of the years when I built a medicine cabinet from plans provided by Norm Abrahams. I used power tools way back then but now I can use either power tools of hand tools. You did a great job on this cabinet. I was impressed with this video enough to subscribe to you channel.
This was really good - I enjoyed it - and good narration too. I couldn't help noticing you're both left and right handed with the planes, not so much with the saws and chisels! Not a bad skill to have at all, especially when it comes to using moulding planes, if you ever do. Maybe a Moxon vice project is on the cards to allow easier dovetail sawing....?
Yea. It depends on the task. I write lefty but guitar,bow and shoot right handed. I recently built a moxon vise and I love it! Bringing the work a little higher for dovetails has been great on my lower back.
Thanks. I didn't turn a power tool on for about a year and half a few years ago. Only hand tools. Now I use a good mix of both. I will do another hand tool only project soon though. This one was a lot of fun.
Thanks. I use a canon t3i and a 80d. I mostly use the 18-135 kit lens and every once in a while a 100mm macro for the close ups. I found that I rarely use the auto focus so I could get away with just the t3i
This was a great video you did not rush it, and you gave us a detailed process of each piece being built. Thank you I really enjoy this video and I subscribed. Popwood suggested you and it well worth it..
Woah thanks! I like you series on hand tools (hand planes are stupid) and a lot of your other videos. I wish I could talk in front of the camera like you and a few others in the community! I will keep practicing though
(I wish I could heart you comment there). Haha. Thanks! I hope (and predict) a bright future for you. You have great skills and create awesome videos. I'm a big fan of your work, u know it! I'm happy to follow along mate!! Have a fantastic day!! See you soon again! :-)
A fantastic demonstration of real craftsmanship with all these joineries made by hands - simpley great 👍. If you had used the cordless screwdriver at the end for the drilling jobs it would have been OK anyway because I think drilling with these types of hand powered drills is one of the most anoying things 😉.
Thanks! A few years ago, I went through a time where I only used hand tools. Now I go the hybrid woodworking route but you guys definitely inspired me to see if I still had the patience to build start to finish by hand still. I cant wat to see your sideboard finish up. That walnut looks amazing!
Definitely not. If I would have made a traditional dust frame, it would have bought me more room but I was able to get the screws in with a stubby screwdriver. Might not have been so lucky if it was a hardwood. lol
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
Thanks for reading! See you again this time next month!
love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.