PUBLISHED: Monday, April 25, 2016 by Staff


There is an incredible amount of information online for home improvement and DIY projects. This is great news for handyman and crafty-minded folks, but it can be difficult to find the best sources in a sea of information.


For home improvement projects, it’s best to see the project being done by an experienced teacher. There’s no better place to find an experienced teacher visually sharing step-by-step instructions than YouTube. There are several YouTube channels that cover a wide variety of topics on home repair, upgrades, and maintenance. Here are the best YouTube channels for DIY home improvement projects:


Hardware Helper


Hardware Helper is run by Jacy Elsesser who has 20 years of experience in home repair and remodeling. Aside from owning hardware stores, he also remodeled properties in the greater Chicago area. His channel covers a wide range of topics including electrical work, plumbing, yard care, kitchen repair, drywall, tool tips, and maintenance. Elsesser also has a weekly podcast, and has published a book on home repair solutions and advice. His videos are great general advice or for beginners.


Hardware Helper has over 23,000 subscribers on Youtube. Every month it seems more and more people are checking out his helpful videos. In December 2015 the channel received 688,000 views, but by February 2016 monthly viewership had grown to 930,000 views in a month. This is a channel on the rise you won’t want to miss!


Paul’s Toolbox


Paul’s Toolbox is run by Paul Ricalde who has 25 years of experience in home remodeling and also works in the tool industry. His channel covers topics such as gas stove information and maintenance, woodworking, wall repair, reconditioning, and structural repair. His channel offers excellent tips for ‘big project’ repairs such as window installation.


Paul’s Toolbox has over 25,000 subscribers and steady viewership numbers showing small increases over time. Over the last three months, the channel has averaged over 250,000 views per month.


Think Woodworks (Rustic Man)

The Think Woodworks channel (also known as RusticMan1973) is run by Izzy Swan, an innovative and creative woodworker. His videos cover topics such as woodworking how-to’s, tool creation, tool maintenance, creative and innovative woodworking ideas, and art pieces. His channel goes beyond the basics and touches on the creative aspects of many DIY projects. Izzy has a strong online presence with his active website Think Woodworks, Youtube channel, Instagram account, and Facebook account featuring regular content updates.  

Think Wordworks has over 250,000 YouTube subscribers with another 30,000 followers combined between Facebook and Instagram. An average of 1.69 million views occur on his YouTube channel every month. You know this many people don’t turn up without a good reason! Think Woodworks delivers.  


Matthias Wandel

This self-named channel is run by Matthias Wandel and approaches woodworking from a more engineering-based perspective. His videos (which are more technical in nature compared to others) cover topics such as lathe usage, how to use a grinder, tool repair, furniture building projects, and other tips. His channel is excellent for a more technical approach. Woodgears.ca is Wandel’s personal website which includes links to his videos and frequently asked questions


Matthias Wandel’s channel currently has over 680,000 subscribers. In terms of views, currently his numbers trend between 8 and 10 million per month. There’s no doubt Wandel’s channel is one of the most popular woodworking channel online.


Woodworking for Mere Mortals (StevinMarin)

Woodworking for Mere Mortals (also known as StevinMarin) is run by Steve Ramsey. The channel is focused on the idea that woodworking is an accessible craft and that you can create great projects without a lot of money or experience. Ramsey’s videos also reflect the “anyone can do it if they try” approach and cover basic how-to’s, project ideas, instruction, and general tips.


Woodworking for Mere Mortals has several different ways to connect including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as well as an official website and merchandise links which are listed in the channel's about section. Woodworking for Mere Mortals is great if you're just starting out or want to learn about new woodworking ideas or projects.


Woodworking for Mere Mortals has over 579,000 subscribers on Youtube, 181,000 likes on Facebook, over 10,000 followers on Twitter, and another 9,000+ on Instagram. The YouTube videos are viewed an average of 3.1 million times every month. Tune in now to see what you’ve been missing!


Improve Your DIY Skills By Learning From The Masters

Youtube offers a lot of information on DIY projects at no cost any time you need it. You can learn from woodworking experts with decades of experiences who publish new videos nearly every week. Not only are these channels popular, they each have their own approach and methods to teaching viewers. You can not only learn about the technical aspects of woodworking, but also practical and creative aspects as well. Hop over to YouTube and start learning today.

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