Easy woodworking projects are a great way to test your DIY skill level. It's always such an accomplishment when you complete a DIY project you spent time and effort on. DIY woodworking projects can also be intimidating at first especially with all the hand tools you must use. Once you have all you need, however, from tools to a step-by-step guide, you can start making the designs more efficiently. If you're new to woodworking, continue reading below and find easy woodworking projects suited for any beginner.
22 Easy Woodworking Projects Any Beginner Will Love
1. DIY Sawhorse
To start off this list of simple woodworking projects is a DIY sawhorse which will be very helpful to you if you don’t own a ShopBot Buddy. A sawhorse always comes in handy especially if you have more plans of woodworking in the future. Before you get started on this woodworking project, get one of these extension cords with built-in outlets for your power tools to help you out!
2. DIY Hanging Planter
Hanging planters are a big hit nowadays so don't let this opportunity of building your own DIY hanging planter pass! Learn the step-by-step instructions how to work a jigsaw and make this stunning planter to hang in your home to complement your furniture. You can hang it above your coffee table or put in flowers as a Valentine’s Day or Mother's Day gift for your loved one.
3. Pallet Wood Wall Art
You can display tons of wood wall art in your home. You can buy popular woodworking wall art but personalized and customized projects are free woodworking gifts which are more sentimental. If you want to try your hand at making these wood crafts, this pallet wood sign tutorial will guide you through, and then move on to more difficult patterns.
4. Glowing Table
A glowing table? Is this real furniture? You bet! There's actually no chemical equations, magic, nor sorcery involved in making this luminescent table. It's just plain woodworking and some glow in the dark paint! Your kids will surely love this amazing glowing table.
5. Amazingly Easy DIY Metal Pipe Table
If a lot of your furniture have rustic designs, then you’ll love how the industrial design of this DIY metal pipe table will complement your home. The rugged appeal of a wooden table will capture your heart. But best of all, it's so easy to build!
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6. DIY Utensil Organizer
This wooden DIY utensil organizer will look great in your kitchen! If you have scrap wood in your home, you can use it to build your children's personal art kit organizer on top of their study table. One-board woodworking projects like these are very useful!
7. DIY Wooden Clothes Rack in Under 15 Minutes
This fast and easy woodworking project will give you more space for your clothes. It only takes 15 minutes on your cutting board to build this project. This simple DIY wood clothes rack can also be your kids' go-to coat hanger to keep their jackets off the furniture.
8. DIY Circle Wood Shelf
This design is oh-so classy and beautiful and it’s one of the finest woodworking projects you’ll want to build today! You can display potted flowers, a cute clock, and a couple of picture frames on this DIY circular wood shelf. It's effortlessly beautiful and easy to build! If you're also looking for Mother's Day crafts, you can include this on your list.
9. Minimal X-Shaped Coasters
There's not going to be a woodworking project as easy as this one! Do yourself a favor and make these chic X-shaped coasters because it will come in handy when you don't want to worry about your wooden furniture around guests.
10. DIY Office Supply Tray
Having a hard time finding your office supplies? Put them all in one place with this great DIY organizer. You don’t need a router table or blades bandsaw for this simple project. You won't even break a sweat! Accent it with some classy vintage knobs and pulls and you not only have a functional tray, but a stylish one, too.
11. DIY Holder for Wine Bottle and Glasses
Here's a DIY craft project for the wine lovers out there. Make this DIY wine glass holder and bring your wine bottle and glasses wherever the party is. All you need are a few woodworking tools and some scrap wood.
12. Wooden Bookends
This project is very unique and yet stylish at the same time. If you have reclaimed wood at home, this is a good project to take on. Add these DIY wooden bookends to your room, and let it be the accent piece your table or bookshelf deserves.
13. Rustic Hook Decor
Create a rustic hook that doubles as home decor and a functional spot to hang everything from belts and bags to accessories. You can’t have enough similar wooden hooks because they’re very useful for keeping your clothes and bags off the floor.
14. DIY X-Brace Bench
This DIY X-brace bench is just too gorgeous not to try to build. It does look a bit intimidating, doesn't it? But this bench will look so good in your backyard! It’s like having your own picnic table outdoors.
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16. DIY Wooden Spoon
You'll never run out of wooden spoons once you've learned this simple woodcraft. They make great cooking tools as well as excellent personalized gifts to friends and family any time of year.
17. Cute Side Table
Have you been looking for a side table that won't cost you much, but can still make a statement in your living room? This curvy side table is adorably cute and will only cost you $12 to build!
18. DIY Bottle Vase
Do a little upcycling while you're DIYing. Build this simple DIY wood project and repurpose old bottles into adorable vases. A wooden vase holder adds rustic charm to your home!
19. DIY Bottle Opener
This is a cool, simple project to do for the outdoors or for those who actually have a man cave. This DIY wooden bottle opener makes opening bottles a lot easier, plus, it catches the bottle caps, as well.
20. Easy DIY Birdhouse
Introduce the kids to woodworking with this easy birdhouse project. Have them help out with painting the birdhouse, too. You don't need to have birds to recreate this project; they also work well as a simple home decor!
21. DIY Wood Cutting Board
If you like to keep your chopping boards clean and germ-free, you might find it impossible. Most of the time you’ll think about just buying new ones. But if you have any leftover wood, you’ll find it best to make new DIY wood cutting boards instead of buying them!
22. DIY Headboard and Bedframe
If you're up for an afternoon of building, try this DIY headboard and bed frame. This bedroom furniture is not as complicated as it seems. You can make it a bonding project for Father’s Day, or even Mother’s Day!
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After seeing this list of easy woodworking projects with step-by-step instructions, crafting projects made with wood isn't actually hard to start. If you have some wood, the proper hand tools, and a little know-how, for sure you can build one or twenty-two of these wooden project plans. They are the perfect stylish additions to your home and you will now have a collection which you can be proud of as your very own work. From planters to a picnic table, name it and you can build it!
Which easy woodworking projects are you trying this weekend? Let us know below in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note – this post was originally published on February 14, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.