I love watching new things get made. But as equally invigorating?
Watching old things get repaired and restored.
There are plenty of reasons to fix old things: keeping them out of the landfill, learning how they're made, making a little extra jingle, appreciating the products around us that we take for granted, cultivating the mindset of taking better stewardship of our surroundings.
Thankfully for the world, there are a lot of people doing this for the love of the act, because they spend countless hours in their workshops and upload their process videos for free viewing on YouTube.
Read on for our top picks of tool (and other) restoration YouTube channels!
Tool Restoration Channels
Not only is it poetic to reclaim tools for their original purpose, but man, it's just so cool.
These guys specialize in saving antique tools from the dump and getting them back in working order, from an 1879 wrench to a chainsaw from the 1960's. You can shop their restored tools, as they finish them, at their website.
2. Restore It
It looks like this guy is just getting started uploading restoration videos, and I already love this channel. I particularly like the paint job on this drill housing.
This channel is worth checking out, if but for this butcher's cleaver restoration alone.
4. Marek Tabi
This channel is a balance of restoration and original makes. Featured: a really satisfying axe restoration.
This guy's restoration work seems to center around really heavy industrial tools.
Random Restoration Channels
Not only is it fun to watch tools being restored, it's fun to watch anything rise up out of the junk heap.
Restoration isn't relegated to stuff built prior to the 1950's! This is a really entertaining channel from a guy who restores computers, video game systems, and synthesizers from the 80's.
This is a ridiculously thorough collection of typewriter repair videos.
I could spend a lot of time on this jack-of-all-trade's repair & restoration channel.
As the name suggests, this guy started out shooting videos of “What would happen if I…?” scenarios, but recently he seems to have switched over to producing high-quality restoration footage.
This guy strips down beaten-up Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars and builds them back up.
12. Matt Green
This guy has a really extensive feed of restoring Mini Coopers.