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Making a Box With Only a Chisel | Hand Tool Woodworking Challenge

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Watch more hand tool fun here http://vid.io/xoYa I was challenged to make a box so I decided to make it with just a chisel out of a block of firewood. this build is about as minimal on tools as you can get. there is not much more basic than a chisel. Blue-Jean_BeeKeepingDad - https://www.youtube.com/user/buddysmom0311 ---Tools I Use--- http://www.woodbywright.com/tool-suggestions/ Shop apron I use - http://amzn.to/2xuzxTm ---Book I am Listening to in the video--- Winter's Heart (Wheel of TimeBook 9) (7 out of 10) - http://amzn.to/2jEeHIT Audible membership I use - http://amzn.to/2nPw0rs Top Patreon Supporters: Erich Keane - https://github.com/erichkeane Chris Hertzog - Kyle Prince - Jeffrey Hall - Travis Reese - Nelson Smith - ////Help this channel grow\\\\ https://www.woodbywright.com/support/ ////You Can find me:\\\\ https://www.woodbywright.com/contact-me/ ////Crafted Podcast Live\\\\ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_0AZEDUA-UWfoSxLil7gBg With Crafted Workshop - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-hTi9atsD6wAl2s46LpAVw and ZH Fabrications - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDdZMJDDpyvI9WJyY7IZP7w Music By. Tim Sway http://timsway.net/
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Mister Anonym (1 day ago)
Very nice idea and well done. But one question. How did you sharpen the chisel? So you need more tools :)
Wood By Wright (1 day ago)
For this project I did not sharpen the 4 chisels. I let them get dull. But as to normal sharpening I use dimonds. I have several videos on the subject if you want to see.
Mark Harris (9 days ago)
Brilliant, that’s fantastic. Did the chisel not need honing during making it?
Wood By Wright (9 days ago)
thanks Mark! no I used 4 different chisels and just let them get dull.
William Drylie (13 days ago)
You can't beat those Work Zone chisels from ALDI. They are a real bargain for a 5 dollar bill.
Wood By Wright (13 days ago)
I have several other more expensive chisels but keep coming back to these.
jpmorphhilson Soldof (14 days ago)
Insane skills
Marcel Pereira (22 days ago)
Great video, I love the concept of using only one type of tool. It was also a joy to watch.
Wood By Wright (22 days ago)
thanks. it is fun to put limitations on your work from time to time.
James Ticknor (25 days ago)
That was the creepiest intro I have ever seen in my life.
James Ticknor (25 days ago)
+Wood By WrightIt made me laugh :) thank you for making the video!
Wood By Wright (25 days ago)
LOL thank you!
Charlie Durham (26 days ago)
Very impressive!
Wood By Wright (25 days ago)
thanks!
abdurrahman bulut (26 days ago)
One of the most interesting woodworking videos on youtube. The crudeness adds a different aestethic to the workpiece. Great great job. Love your videos. Greetings from Turkey.
Wood By Wright (26 days ago)
thank you. I could not agree more!
Max Duvall (28 days ago)
3:44 you're weird but we are too so its okay.
Wood By Wright (27 days ago)
Lol the best kind!
Stanley Pitts (1 month ago)
Not to be that guy but your still using a vice as well
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
This is an old video. Most of the time they are just music and woodworking. I save the voice over for the second channel now to do a how to version for those that want more info.
Nigel Tolley (1 month ago)
Ah, so you could do a video carving a mallet with a chisel and a block of wood, then upload it in front of this one. :-)
Kalev Nurk (1 month ago)
Cheater starting with firewood, go into the forest cut down a tree with your chisel and only with one chisel, no hammer anything else a found rock, branch anything like that acts like mallet and again techinically cheating also your working bench is one hell of a tool can not forget that so there is atleast 3 tools involved there already , let it dry, split it with the chisel and make your box, , then come telling folks it`s possible :D :D on a more serios note, yes it's possible starting from a firewood and ending up with a box using only a chisel but why would you, seriosly why? when there is so many other wonderful tools too to help you speed up the process...
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
+Kalev Nurk oh sorry. I took it as a question and tried to answer it.
Kalev Nurk (1 month ago)
I'm sorry if I came across as rude, that was not my intention, my original post was meant more tongue in cheek. As a challenge if I think back makeing a box with a chisel was a part of my wood-working class at the very beginning maybe in grade 4 or so, just so young boys would get the feeling of what and how chisels work and believe me many boxes started as firewood and ended up as firewood :D
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
because I find it fun. many of the things on this channel are done the hard way and in every project I limit myself in tools to hone my skills and find a different way to do things. I am actually working on a video now where I will be chopping down the tree using only a chisel.
Static (1 month ago)
noe do it with just barehand nails
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
LOL next time!
Michael Enochs (1 month ago)
Click bait title, you're using chisels not A Chisel... Pshhh jk
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
LOL thanks man!
Ryan Who (1 month ago)
*_V O I L A_*
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
Exatly!
Rafal Jackiewicz (1 month ago)
Amazing, thank you for sharing
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
my pleasure
Martin Fröhberg (1 month ago)
What about that wood shaver with fresh shavings at 7:00??? Nice vid anyway :)
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
LOL I have several projects going on in the shop. this was what I did as a stress re leaver to take a break.
ZeroG Coasters (1 month ago)
I want to see way more of that, so satisfying to watch :D
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
Thanks. It is a lot of fun!
Nobody Knows (1 month ago)
Could this same technique be used to make a ring box to put the engagement ring for my girlfriend in? I want to make the box myself out of some Douglass Fir.
Nobody Knows (1 month ago)
Awesome!! Thanks
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
Sure. And it would be a lot easier with Doug fir.
Sean Dickens (1 month ago)
Come on, man. You said you would be using only a chisel, but you're obviously using wood as well.
Jay Lopo (1 month ago)
No crap... I hadn't even noticed!
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
Lol you caught me!
elise veldt (1 month ago)
Are those the sharpest tools in the shed?
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
LOL not when I was done.
DMAN D (1 month ago)
That is beautiful!
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
Thanks!
Winston Bower (1 month ago)
Could have saved a lot of time using saws, but this wouldn’t have been awesome! Great work mate.
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
thanks. some times the long way is worth it.
General Cardeno (1 month ago)
I remember as a kid messing with  a chisel by writing my name at a random block of wood. I was using a hammer to push the chisel down the wood. Then I accidentaly put my thumb on the top of the chisel handle and hit it by the hammer.It was really painful but no one knew because I was alone in the garage.
Jay Lopo (1 month ago)
Boy, you got nuthin on me! I hit my mom with a hammer, and she was in another state!
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
I think I did something like that as a kid too.
Germain Mabou (1 month ago)
Cette emission contribue a diffusion des connaissances artistiques et culturelles des apprenants.
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
Merci cela signifie beaucoup pour moi!
alex nope (1 month ago)
Go Pack Go!
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
LOL yup!
frog fish (1 month ago)
So AWESOME!!!
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
thanks!
Paul Pardee (1 month ago)
Oh, sure, I could make that, too if I had that fancy mallet...
Wood By Wright (1 month ago)
Lol yup.
Ryan Rock (2 months ago)
Honestly i believe you should learn to do things the old way first. Keep it basic and then move on to the more modern way of doing things after mastering the old tech.
Wood By Wright (2 months ago)
working with hands does teach you far more about the wood than any power tool ever will.
R Brown (2 months ago)
Wow, I am so glad I clicked on this video. You got a new subscriber my friend. God bless
Wood By Wright (2 months ago)
thanks! That was a fun project for sure!
Eddie S (2 months ago)
This is awesome!!!!
Wood By Wright (2 months ago)
thanks!
Sam Bos (2 months ago)
do i need expensive chisels or can i use cheap ones from the hardware store?
Wood By Wright (2 months ago)
The ones I was useing were from Aldi and cost 6.99 for the set. Most with plastic Handel's I would not get though. My second set is the wooden Handel set from harbor freight. Can't beat the price.
Todd Fox (3 months ago)
I notice that you're using those "high end" Aldi chisels. Good call on not abusing the good ones. :-)
Todd Fox (3 months ago)
+Wood By Wright I'm guilty of reaching for those myself. Best $8 I spent on new tools.
Wood By Wright (3 months ago)
LOL yup. you know I have a bunch of other chisels. Narex, Lie-Nielsen, two different japanese chisel sets, but these are the ones I reach for every time.
Levi Nevonen (3 months ago)
You should make a chalice Like a cup of sorts
Wood By Wright (3 months ago)
that would be a fun idea!
Sarah (3 months ago)
So unique and beautiful! I love it! Thank you for sharing!
Wood By Wright (3 months ago)
thanks Sarah! my pleasure!
ben rudman (3 months ago)
What a fun project! A joy as always to watch!
Wood By Wright (3 months ago)
Thanks Ben.
Carl Shrout (3 months ago)
Challenge accepted! When I get the wood I will make a response video of me making one!
Wood By Wright (3 months ago)
LOL nice. looking forward to seeing it!
Peter Barrett (3 months ago)
How many chisels?
Wood By Wright (3 months ago)
I used a set of 4.
Anyway Anyway (4 months ago)
Wood is Wright wood is good, keep the blacks in the hood
The Reformation Woodshop (4 months ago)
Gotta love a good chisel👌🏻👌🏻
Wood By Wright (4 months ago)
or even a cheap one. these were $6.99 for a set of 4.
ickng456 (4 months ago)
i just got a piece of thich branch that i want to make something out of, i dont have any tools or anything but im interested in making something, this box is very well made
Thanks
Rambler (4 months ago)
Well I guess I really don't have an excuse left for not learning woodworking. Color me impressed. Awesome job.
Wood By Wright (4 months ago)
+Rambler thanks man. That means a lot!
Rambler (4 months ago)
Wood By Wright you got yourself a sub.
Wood By Wright (4 months ago)
LOL. Yep everything else just makes it easier. And if you look at most tools that Lily is just a jig for holding a chisel.
Lucas O'Baugh (5 months ago)
Hello I have a question. I am interested in starting wood working but don't know what tools I need and what projects are good to start with please help.
Nigel Tolley (1 month ago)
For this job, you'll need, er, a chisel, and a sharpening stone set.
Lucas O'Baugh (5 months ago)
Thanks for the help
Wood By Wright (5 months ago)
Here is a video I made on what tools are needed to start. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKvyJ4CrvDQ the best first project is a bench. you will learn a lot and then have a bench to build on.
randy cushman (5 months ago)
Does anyone else think he sounds like Crispin Glover?
Wood By Wright (5 months ago)
Lol I like it thanks.
Dylan Chapman (5 months ago)
I have some oak from the last tree my brother and I took down before he passed, I have been wondering what to with it till now. You have inspired me to make a box for his son. Thank you!!!
Wood By Wright (5 months ago)
Sweet Idea! Thanks for the great note!
Capt Fathom (5 months ago)
I gotta get of the drugs...lol
Wood By Wright (5 months ago)
LOL nice!
MrGeneralissimus (5 months ago)
"What do you want to see me make next time with just chisels?" Moew chisels. Make entire set of chisels with just chisels!
Wood By Wright (5 months ago)
LOL that video is actually coming!
Rick Groshong (5 months ago)
That's amazing!
Wood By Wright (5 months ago)
Thanks Rick!
frostshadow 45678 (6 months ago)
Oh my god I meant to type bow instead of box XXD
Ashtin David (6 months ago)
You never said you were gonna use your hand
I'm a carpenter and I'm just starting out so I don't have any power tools yet so this video is very helpful to me and I would like to see more builds like this
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
I have a cople. Most of my projects are just saw hand place e and chisel. But there will be a few chisel only builds in the future.
Aevi Wright (6 months ago)
I made a wood sheath for a knife using another knife once but that was more out of lack of tools and it took me about 3 days. (I also used a pencil and wood glue and kept testing the fit until it was snug enough to stay in upside down but still be able to pull the blade out rather easy.) my point was the techniques used are about the same though I imagine a chisel is much better at cutting accurate lines than a little 4" folding knife. (it was wavy and not at all evenly proportioned.)
Aevi Wright (6 months ago)
A keen eye, patience and some imagination go a long ways, better tools lead to more inspired and accurate work but enough elbow grease can achieve any task with enough patience and determination. Since then I've gained chisels and a dremel set but I still like to use the ole whittling knife for a lot of fine detail mostly because I used it so long and that I keep it at a nice 2000 grit edge. (it's a single blade, case xx with brass and antler handle with a 10-20 degree angle on the edge.)
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
That sounds like a fun project. Just goes to show how you do not NEED all the tools. you just need patience. the other tools just make it easier!
1234Daan4321 (6 months ago)
Now only with hammers
1234Daan4321 (6 months ago)
Wood By Wright I will allow you to use your teeth in that case
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
lol I will soon be doing it with bear hands in the woods.
Box (6 months ago)
Can you make something with runes?
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
that would be a nice touch. may be next time.
Johnson32nwa (6 months ago)
crack in lid and box at 10:39 where lid and box meet
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
not a crack. just the lid sliding a bit and creating a shadow.
Kossolax the Foresworn (6 months ago)
our teachers put us to make boxes with just a chisel in carpentry class when we were 10. those are the only classes I remember so I guess it was my favorite subject.
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
Nice! sounds like a great class!
HiltownJoe (6 months ago)
going to do that one day. Gona make a box for my chisel with my chisel, with a carving of a chisel on top.
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
now that sounds like a fun project!
Isaac McInally (6 months ago)
Hey does anyone know where the best place in the uk is to get white oak firewood I dont need much just a couple of blocks
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
it depends. if it is wet it is easer to work with, but it might move some over time. if it is dry then it will be harder to work but there is less chance of it moving.
Isaac McInally (6 months ago)
Wood By Wright is it best to buy some or just to head into the woods and get some? Does it need to be dried for six months before you do this project or not ?
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
white oak does not naturally grow in the UK, but most woods would be easier to work with then white oak.
Amanda Worley (6 months ago)
Just tried this today, (I cheated with a chop saw) only mine was a chest with hinges. I used a single small stump piece of ceader log and damn it took forever. I made it a one piecer so the seams matched up. Not planning on trying that again *my bandsaw needs new tires or else I would of used it*..... I can only imagine how hard it was using oak!
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
It is defenently a challenge!
Arbitrary videos (6 months ago)
Beautiful!
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
thanks!
Felix Merz (6 months ago)
This is so great, thanks so much for sharing this with us.
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
Thanks Felix!
909sickle (6 months ago)
You could have made the box and lid the same width and length and then pinched your chisel with your finger and thumb to make a marking gauge to transfer the inside dimensions.
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
909sickle very true
909sickle (6 months ago)
I cut my self 3 times with my chisels yesterday. Possibly 4
kkknotcool (6 months ago)
Forget the mallet. You could't do this job without that vice. And don't tell me you could rig something up in the woods.
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
LOL I have a video coming up where I do just that with a rock in the woods. not that hard with just something to push it up agents.
Yung Milkman (6 months ago)
I've been interested in woodworking recently, and this video is what inspired me to put it into action! I found a cheap 3/4 chisel, bought a couple of chunks of firewood and got to work. And seeing your videos from when you first started only 3 years ago to the point you are today is the greatest inspiration. Thank you
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
thanks man. that means more then you know. more fun to come.!
Sam (6 months ago)
awesome little box! i love it :D
Wood By Wright (6 months ago)
Thanks Sam!
Lap board (6 months ago)
Nice job Sir! Point your chisel at your chum Never point it at your thumb For you can always find another chum But you’ll never find another thumb...
Micah Galusha (7 months ago)
Awesome video, I love working with chisels as well. I was wondering, would you be able to do a "briar style " tobacco pipe?
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
that would be fun. I might have to put that on the list to experiment with.
Can’t think of A name (7 months ago)
Creepy intro
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
The best kind.
Jim (7 months ago)
This is one my favorite videos. I watched it many times.
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
Thanks Jim, that means a lot.
MRDs 224 (7 months ago)
Didn't use a pencil because you didn't want to use another tool? What about the hammer mate? Oh and the bench vise.🤣🤣 loved the video you are a craftsman my friend. I was just teasing to start.😉👌 big thumbs up.👍
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
Lol one of these days I will do it without a chisel.
Striker- ZQ (7 months ago)
You could've used the chisel as a ruler
Marek Moravec (7 months ago)
I challenge you to make the same box just with your bare hands! xD
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
Marek Moravec thanks. It is a video I have wanted to do for a long time.
Marek Moravec (7 months ago)
It was meant as a joke but well... I can't wait to see the video! :) Btw. you have an amazing channel!
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
It is a project I want to do soon. Walk into he woods and nap a knife out of a rock then build a box with it.
Pulsie Boi (7 months ago)
Considering how well i can do with a knife, if i had a chisel i would be able to do great things and also advance my projects.
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
Thanks. I try and respond to all comments, but some slip through from time to time.
Pulsie Boi (7 months ago)
Wood By Wright Wow! You reply on 7 month old videos?! That's dedication right there. Going to subscribe and watch your other videos too!
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
sounds like fun!
Kor Jay (7 months ago)
I started wood working at home with just a 3/4" chisel. its pretty awesome. learned how to sharpen it with the materials I had on hand and i've made a couple sculptures that look pretty good with them. maybe you could make a guitar stand or something. just looking around my office as to what I need lol.. nice work man :)
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
it is a great way to learn. I think I will have to make the guitar first. that is on my list.
Anushka XD (7 months ago)
could i use a hammer instead?
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
Lol just sharpen the claw!
very cool
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
Thanks.
shonuffisthemaster (7 months ago)
great video! a project i will have to try.i misheard you at 10:40 and thought you said "carving with just bitch tit chisles" lol
TheCompleteGuitarist (7 months ago)
Nice challenge. But you have acknowledge the work bench is a tool and a rather key one.
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
ya one of these days I want to re do the video and just do it out in the woods. should be kind of fun.
TheCompleteGuitarist (7 months ago)
I'm just being pedantic. I just couldn't help admire your fine bench and vice. I don't have either so I have to be very creative when clamping wood to the surface of my 'table'.
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
The work bench did not cut the work. Lol
TheKamiBunny (7 months ago)
Omg thats soo wierd cause i just used a chisel to plane a door today with much sucess. (Someone stole my planer)
TheKamiBunny (7 months ago)
Wood By Wright Haha. But it took me so much concentration to keep my lines straigh for the cut.
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
it is such a universal tool! no fun with the plane!
Stephen Forward (7 months ago)
Inspirational, love it.
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
thanks!
Robert Mielke (7 months ago)
This was the second time watching this video and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first. I'm adding to my chisel collection one chisel at a time so watching chisel videos helps pass the time until they arrive. I'm sparing no expense on developing a complete set of Lie-Nielsen bevel chisels so it will take months to save the money and order each chisel. Thanks for a fun video.
Wood By Wright (7 months ago)
Oh nice. Sounds like a good savings plan.
I'm working on a box now using a 4×4... Mine will not have a lid, it busted because of the grain of it.. but it's ok lol. As always, thanks Mr. James.
Wood By Wright (8 months ago)
Nice build.
Derek Dacus (8 months ago)
If you had to only pick one size chisel what size would you choose for the most versatile
Wood By Wright (8 months ago)
1/2" is the one I use the most.
Reability (8 months ago)
White Oak vs Chisel
Wood By Wright (8 months ago)
Lol yup
Cris Sznoluch (8 months ago)
50 people watched this upside down
Wood By Wright (8 months ago)
LOL sounds like fun
Antoni Gates (8 months ago)
I don’t want to use a pencil, as I don’t want to use any other tools... *clamps into bench vice* just joshing my dude, great project.
Antoni Gates (8 months ago)
Now THAT’S a challenge! Chisel would be permitted though 😉
Wood By Wright (8 months ago)
LOL. One of these days I'm going to redo the project out in the woods between a couple rocks using a stick instead of a mallet maybe even nap a stone for a chisel. LOL
paraelwares (8 months ago)
I believe it would be nice a version of the video without the narration. Just the ambient sounds. :D
Wood By Wright (8 months ago)
I will be doing a re edit of it soon that way. I like to do both on most projects.
All The Hobbies (9 months ago)
Pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing.
Wood By Wright (8 months ago)
my pleasure
terrulian (9 months ago)
Brilliant, wonderful. One of my favorite videos by you for sure.
terrulian (9 months ago)
I'm gonna have to try it.
Wood By Wright (9 months ago)
thanks man. It was a ton of fun to make!
Warrior Homestead (9 months ago)
Excellent and inspiring!
Wood By Wright (9 months ago)
thanks man
Leverquin (10 months ago)
beside chisel what else i need to start ? hammer eh?
Wood By Wright (10 months ago)
oh sorry. if you want you could just use a stick rather then a mallet. you can do anything in woodworking with just a chisel, it will just take longer. every other tool is just a faster way to make it happen. here is my list of the first tools in hand tool woodworking.
Leverquin (10 months ago)
i did. my english is not perfect. i saw you use mallet but what do i need to start with woodworking ?
Wood By Wright (10 months ago)
you did not see that part of the video did you?
João Paulo Soares (10 months ago)
Cara, eu comecei agora a trabalhar com madeira, e suas dicas com o formão vão me ajudar muito. Obrigado. E por favor, continue com esse trabalho maravilhoso que é o Woodwork. Abraço do Brasil.
Scrap wood loft (10 months ago)
ahem what was the plane doing at 6:58?
Wood By Wright (10 months ago)
I had several projects on the bench at the time. this one was a good stress reliever between other projects.
Ruben (10 months ago)
lol best intro ever It's the first video I see of this channel, and it only took me 2 seconds to fall in love with this guy ahahah
Wood By Wright (10 months ago)
thanks man! I just like having fun in the shop!
SaltyFalcon (10 months ago)
Wisconsin trash
Wood By Wright (10 months ago)
Lol the best kind.
blingking501 (10 months ago)
Love the video! I did joinery back in college and loved it, just didn't see a career in the carpentry side instead of the building site style joinery if that makes sense.
Wood By Wright (10 months ago)
Nice man. it makes a fun hobby!
Ronell Oropesa (10 months ago)
This video is amazing! Would it be possible to build a "complete" woodworking toolset just by starting with a chisel?
Wood By Wright (10 months ago)
sure. one of these days I want to do this with napping a rock in the woods and not even needing a chisel, but every tool in the shop (even power tools) is just a jig for holding or moving a chisel.
Eric Brown (10 months ago)
Totally love the Celtic weave. the whole project is awesome. I'm a complete medieval loving dork myself. My house is covered in swords and Celtic stuff, and I have Celtic knot tattoos. Loved your video.
Wood By Wright (10 months ago)
Nice. I love carving knots and twists in my work.

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