10 woodworking projects for beginners

Woodworking Projects For Beginners

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Many beginner woodworkers have high aspirations for all the things they want to build. They dream and imagine redoing the entire home in handmade furniture.

The reality for most beginning woodworkers, however, is that they don’t yet have the tools for extensive projects. They also don’t have the skills.

There are still plenty of woodworking projects for beginners to get started with. Many of these are unique and exciting, perfect for practicing your skills.

Wooden Doormat

Wooden Doormat

Material List

  • Two 1×4 cedar boards
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Box
  • Nail Gun
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper

If you have trouble finding a doormat that suits your tastes, you are in luck! The Merry Thought shares simple instructions to make your own doormat. The best part of this doormat is that it is completely customizable. You can paint or stain it any color you wish. You could also just seal it and let the natural beauty shine through!

Firewood Rack

Wooden Rack DIY

Material List

  • Four 2x4x8 (treated or paint)
  • Four Steel Straps
  • Small box of (2 ½”) deck screws plus some small screws for straps
  • Drill or Impact Driver
  • Tape measure
  • Saw

When the weather turns cold, you need somewhere to store all that firewood. Use the very simple design provided by biker_trash at instructables to make this easy and sturdy firewood rack. If you want to make it even easier, you can have the wood pre-cut at the store.

Scrabble Tile Wall Art

Tile Art DIY

Material List

What a great way to create a unique, one-of-a-kind decoration for the home. The Kim Six Fix shows how simple it is to make your very own Scrabble Tile Wall Art. Spell out whatever is important to you and decorate the home with your reminders. These also make for nice gift ideas for loved ones.

Pet Bed

Pet Bed DIY

Material List

  • Three 1″ x 4″ x 8″ furring strips
  • Two 1″ x 2″ x 8″ furring strips
  • One 2″ x 4″ x 10″ pine board
  • Kreg Jig
  • Nail gun
  • Gorilla Glue

Why spend big bucks on a bed for your furry friend? With about $12 worth of wood, you can create your very own pet bed. Shanty2Chic3 does a great job of explaining each step making this project as simple as can be. Then, all you have to do is add a cushion and your pet will thank you.

Wooden Planter

Wooden Planter DIY

Material List

  • Two 5/8 ” x 5-½” x 6′ Cedar Dog-Ear Fence Picket
  • One 2″ x 2″ Furring strip
  • Wood glue
  • Miter Saw
  • Brad Nailer
  • Drill
  • 1¼” finish nails
  • 1¼” Spax screws

When spring comes around, it is time to take the projects outdoors. With about $10 in materials, you can create your very own DIY Wooden Planter. In total, it took Anika’s DIY Life just about 45 minutes to complete this project.

Wooden Sofa Sleeve

DIY Wooden Sleeve

Material List

  • Clamps at least 8″ long
  • Hole Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Wooden Board cut into three equal lengths
  • Thin Plywood
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Stain
  • 150 or 180 Grit Sandpaper
  • Steel Wool
  • Polyurethane

There is nothing better than relaxing on the couch and watching the Sunday game. Well…maybe enjoying the Sunday game with this handy sofa sleeve and cup holder would be better! A Beautiful Mess shows us how easy it is to create this ingenious invention and fit it to just about any sofa.

Garage Shelving

Garage Shelving DIY

Material List

  • Two 10′ long 2x4s PER Leg Support
  • Four 2×4 – length of shelf PER SHELF
  • 2-1/2″ self-tapping wood screws
  • 2-1/2″ inch screws
  • Wood Glue

If it is time to get the garage in order, you can do it with some simple 2x4s. Ana White shows that this project can be an inexpensive way to get organized. It is also sturdy, functional and easy.

Accessory Holder & Charging Station

Charging Station DIY

Material List

  • Two 8″ pieces of 1″x4″ (or smaller depending on wrist size of watch or bracelets)
  • One 4″ piece of 1″x2″
  • One 3″ piece of quarter round
  • Six 2″ wood screws
  • Drill
  • Drill Bits
  • Screwgun or screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Sanding block or palm sander
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain
  • Craft Paint and paint brush
  • Painter’s Tape

When you plan to give a loved one a new technology gift, how much fun would it be to include this homemade charging station? Carli shows us that it isn’t just easy, but it is inexpensive as well. Try out this fun project to grow your woodworking skills.

Jelly Bean Dispenser

Jelly Bean DIY

Material List

  • Two 4″ x 4″ pieces of wood 7/8″ thick
  • One 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of wood 1 1/2″ thick (3 1/2″ 2×4)
  • One 3-1/2x 3-1/2″ piece of wood 1″ thick
  • One 6-1/2″ to 10″ long piece of wood 1″ thick and 1″ wide
  • 1/4″ dowel
  • Thin piece of wood at least 1-1/2″ long and exactly 1″ wide
  • Mason Jar and cover
  • Wood Glue
  • Small nails and other nails as well
  • 1/2″ drill bit
  • 3/4″ or 15/16″ drill bit
  • Table Saw
  • Band or Scroll saw
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Hammer
  • Punch
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Varnish, Paint, or Polyurethane
  • Don’t forget those Jelly Beans!

I’ve never seen a project as much fun as this Jelly Bean Dispenser. This would make for a great project to do with the kids and it really will hold most any fun candy item. I’ve considered making it for M&Ms because everyone likes chocolate. OutdoorGirl 16196 at Instructables shows how fun and easy this project can be.

Picnic Table

Picnic Table DIY

Material List

While a picnic table wouldn’t normally be considered a DIY project, this one is made from just two by fours and can be accomplished by anyone who has a little patience. Andre B shows us how to make this backyard piece of furniture with ease. Imagine the pride you’ll feel when you accomplish this task and host your first summer party. Conclusion

When you are a beginner, be patient with yourself. There are going to be times when you make mistakes and have to start over. That is a natural part of learning. In the end, these projects will help to hone your skills so that you can create large, advanced pieces of woodworking in no time.

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