One of my recent favorite YouTube maker channels is April Wilkerson’s woodworking channel. April is a young Texas woman who, just a few years ago, basically knew nothing about woodworking. But she and her husband had a long list of improvements they wanted to make in their home and not a lot of money to bankroll them. So, April decided to DIY it.
April soon discovered that she had an innate talent for woodworking and began posting how-to articles on her website, WilkerDos.com. To illustrate points in the written how-tos, she started recording the projects and posting them to YouTube, almost as an after-thought. Things have quickly taken off from there and April now has a busy project posting schedule, channel sponsors, and is closing in on 200,000 subscribers.
Recently, as April’s shop has been quickly expanding with new tools, she’s had to stay on top of shop organization. So, she’s been doing a series of videos showing her building various shop storage solutions. Here are a few of those videos.
Building a French Cleat System
Making Some Clamp Racks
Multipurpose Garage Storage Solution
You can see all of the videos of her shop organization projects in this YouTube playlist.
It’s so inspiring to me to encounter makers like April. Watch her channel for a while and her fearlessness and pervasive spirit of “I can do this” really shine through. April has come so far in just a few short years because she’s relentless, highly motivated, and not afraid to dive in, to make mistakes. In almost all of her projects, she talks about what she might have done wrong, what she learned, and what she had to re-do to get it right.
It’s also very heartening to read the comments to her videos and realize how much she must be inspiring other newbies, other women, maker couples, really anyone who’s listening, to just get off their butts and do it. If you really want it, and if you have the courage and the patience to learn (and to fail on occasion), it can really take you to amazing places. It certainly has for April Wilkerson.
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