How To: Make A Pair Of Functional Wooden Pliers Out Of A Block Of Wood In Only Ten Cuts

December 30, 2014


This is a video of master carver David Warther showing us how to make a pair of wooden pliers out of a small block of wood with only ten cuts. He came up with the design himself through trial and error. Still, watching him work that knife so close to his thumb made me nervous, and he even admits it took him "a few packages of Band-Aids" before he figured it all out. Still, a pair of pliers from a block of wood in ten cuts? Pretty cool. Even cooler? A cordless drill in nine cuts.

Keep going for the video, but skip to 1:20 if you don't want to listen to David's soothing voice talking about the pliers and just get straight to the cuts.

Thanks to Austin, who might not be able to make a pair of pliers out of a piece of wood, but can sharpen a stick to a point and poke you with it.

  • The_Wretched

    I've been to that shop and have one of these pliers. They aren't that great as tools since the hinge is the weakest part. I never did get that gas grill assembled as a result.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Oh ya? I can carve a fully functional butt-plug in only FOUR cuts!


  • Warther's Carvings is about 5 minutes from my house. My father has a pair made by Mooney. His carved trains are amazing. Every year I make an effort to go visit, especially around Christmas when they decorate. The place is still ran by his family even today. There is also a building on the property with a very large button collection in nice patterns, a caboose to climb on, nice park area, and a gift shop.

  • shashi
    Protip: mute the carving video

  • FrostyLED

    Thanks for another video that made me laugh out loud!

  • It is very simple for me, i saw this one of my father. And very nice hand move. But not for peoples with 140 or under IQ.

  • Damn, McGyver got old.

  • Sebastien Michael Mansfield

    Anyone else cringe while he's cutting the wood.

  • Wiley

    I just recently sliced my finger and needed stitches cutting towards myself two years ago, the cringe was real. I take no risks now when it comes to kitchen prep etc. ha. But damn that was an impressive show of expertise.

  • Smivey

    I thought he was preparing one side of the pliers and was going to do the same thing with another piece of wood and bring them together later. Very surprising. I also expected him to slice open his hand, considering the amount of force he was using.

  • Huck PS

    This is pretty neat. But how do I get my hand on a piece of wood like that? In the big city?! How!? *cries*

    ps: Watch this video through and then when it shows other videos at the end click on "Japanese Master Wood Carver". You will NOT be disappointed. That's some adult swim sh*t right there!

  • shashi

    Can you imagine Hanzo doing karaoke instead of 'god will be cut'?

  • Ollie Williams

    Try craft or hobby stores. Basswood is basically a step above Balsa wood in terms of denseness, so it's fairly easy to work with. I'm sure you could also find it online at a decent price, considering how light Basswood is, I don't imagine it'd be a whole lot to ship.

  • What kind of goddamn sorcery is this?

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I watching him do his cuts, and while he's doing that I'm thinking : "Okay, so he's making starter cuts to hollow it out later and reassemble it I guess."


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