20 Quick and Easy Beginner Woodworking Projects


10 Woodworking Projects that Make Money

If you’ve just started woodworking, there are some projects that you can do right away. For as long as you have the right tools and passion for learning, there’s nothing that you can’t do as a woodworker. So, we’ve listed 20 quick and easy beginner woodworking projects. We hope you will be able to find something that would help you grow and learn new woodworking skills.

Quick and Easy Woodworking Projects For Beginners

As a beginner, we understand that you want to do more even with the fundamental woodworking tools and equipment. Is woodworking expensive? The projects that you are going to do is one of the factors that you have to consider. Put it this way – more complex projects require complicated tools and other expensive materials. So, don’t get discouraged by this thought. You can still do other easy woodworking projects, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

1.Bookends

In creating custom made bookends, you may combine the traditional woodworking with another conventional woodwork. Those wooden bookends look great when matched on any bookshelf you have at home or in your office, once you use a polished dovetails joint. Use these extremely simple-to-assemble bookends to hold upright position and super stylish books. 

Its large parts are pretty fast to construct using simple and straight cuts. You can simply build it using just one drill and several sets of screws. Those small L-brackets securely handle the books, while those rubber stoppers deter slipping of the bookends. Just polish or coat your bricks, then cover with stylish decoration and then it appears like you bought this from a luxurious store.

Tools you will need:


TedsWoodworking Plans and Projects

  • Tape Measure
  • Miter or Hand Saw
  • Drill/Driver
  • Hot Glue Gun

Materials:

  • Ine 1×6 – Look for a short “project board” at the home-center to avoid buying an unnecessarily long piece.
  • At least eight Self-adhesive Clear Rubber Bumpers
  • Four 3-inch L-brackets
  • One ¼ inch Wood Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Glue Sticks

Quick Guide: 

  • STEP 1 – Cut a 1 x 6 wood in two 4 ½ inches each and two pieces of 7 inches. Then smooth the ends and surface of your wood using your sanding blocks. 
  • STEP 2 – Get your glue and apply it first on the 7 inches block you create at its bottom, make sure that it stays ¾-inch in its bottom edge. Then, press the other side of your 4 ½-inch block to that area and repeat it for your second set.
  • STEP 3 – Start to drill its pilot holes. Hold your wood pieces together and drill at the horizontal part. Repeat to your second batch.
  • STEP  4 – Time to assemble your Wood Blocks. Get the drill and drive your ready wood screws to attach your wood piece securely. 
  • STEP  5 – Attaching your L brackets is the next step. Place them to the middle of each screwed part, make another set of holes. Do this to the next set as well. Add a rubber Bumpers to prevent your bookends from slipping once you place your books. 
  • STEP  6 – Finally, you may add your ornaments. Use a glue gun to place it at the center of your bookends properly.

2.Office Supply Tray

To ensure your items separately, you could try creating some office supply racks or trays with slots and make it amazingly handy. Consider making it tailored according to your desire. While it’s fun to design, these kinds of office supply racks are another method to spare yourself from purchasing costly storage in certain stores. This project may be moderately difficult for rookies, but building it needs accuracy if you use a pneumatic gun for nails. 

Tools you will need: 

  • Tape Measure
  • Speed Square
  • Drill/driver
  • Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Pneumatic Nail Gun

Materials:




  • Two ½ x 2 x 36 inch Hobby Boards to create the Dividers
  • One 1 x 3 x 6 inches to construct Tray Sides
  • Two ½ x ½ x 36 inches Square Dowel to create the Cleats
  • One ¼ x 2 x 2 inches Plywood Project Panel to create the Tray Base
  • 1 inch Finish Nails to secure the Cleats and assemble/secure the Dividers
  • 1¼ inch Finish Nails to build your Tray Sides
  • Wood Glue

Quick Guide:

  • STEP 1 – Cut the wood parts, you can check the measurements above, and you can see if they are available in the home center near you.
  • STEP  2 – Place the 1⁄2-inch cleats around the lower edge of your boards on the longer 1 x 3 side. Add wood glue into the cleat, then brace the parts to settle in place. You can use three 1-inch polish nails onto each cleat utilizing a nail gun. 
  • STEP 3 – Attach the second set of your cleats following the same methods. Then start assembling your Trat Sides using wood glue to the shorter ends (1x 3). Position them neatly and shoot your 1 ¼ nails into the long sides of woods so you can hold them in place. 
  • STEP  4 – Start marking your horizontal divider using a speed square. Create a spacing of 3 ¾ inches in between the vertical and horizontal dividers. 
  • STEP 5 – Assemble your dividers and clamp them securely. While clamped, get your nail gun and use a 1-inch nail to set them in place. 
  • STEP 6 – Place your dividers on your base, do not worry if it is still wobbly at this point, you can use your speed square in adjusting its position. Mark the layout of your divider with your pencil.
  • STEP 7 – You can now insert the base (plywood). Put glue to the cleat’s surface and drop the support in place. 
  • STEP 8 – Finally, you can now add your dividers on that tray you created, secure them using a nail gun. 

3.Wooden Welcome Mat

You can design your Wooden Welcome Mats with a rustic and modern/ sleek feel. This motif can deliver a beautiful outcome or theme for your place while ensuring that that unwanted dirt and debris will stay at bay. The gaps seen between slats catch the specks of dust and conceal it from sight.

Tools you will need:

  • Tape Measure
  • Miter Saw
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Scissors
  • Speed Square
  • Drill/Driver
  • Hand Clamps
  • Random Orbital Sander
  • Ruler

Materials:

  • Ten 2 x 2 x 36″ Square End Balusters
  • Spool ¼” x 50′ Natural Sisal Rope
  • 100-count box of 3/8-inch nuts
  • 100-count box of 3/8-inch washers

Quick Guide:

  • STEP 1 – Using your Tape measure your wood and pencil in half and then cut it. You should have 16 pieces of 18 inches balusters. 
  • STEP 2 – With your drill, create a drill hole in both ends and send rough edges. Then you may now stain your balusters with your desired shade. 
  • STEP  3 – Cut two at least 80 inches sisal Ropes. Tape each baluster in three 6 inches sections, and alternate it with a colored wood stain.
  • STEP 4 – For the last step, create a knot placed at the end of your sisal rope. Then thread through the balusters holes to attach them, ensuring that they are securely tied. 

4.Vegetable Storage Trays With Divider

Whether it is a woodworking gift. or you want to use it in your home – this project is very easy to do. Store all of your veggies safely in place with such a simple DIY Vegetable Tray with dividers. It’s an exceptional woodworking project for beginners or an excellent opportunity to use those scraps to assemble your kitchen or some other rooms in your home. This project can also be a unique hobby for those mothers enjoying decorating their most loved place, the “Kitchen.”




Tools you will need: 

  • Kreg Jig 
  • Jigsaw
  • Brad nailer or hammer
  • Power drill

Materials: 

  • lumber for the plans.
  • One ¼ inch pocket hole screws
  • One ¼ inch finish nails
  • Wood glue
  • Vinyl chalkboard labels (optional)

Quick Guide: 

  • STEP 1 – Make your woodcuts, for your handles, and you can create a template of 1.5 inches wide and 3 inches long. Cut it using your jigsaw after tracing in on your plywood. 
  • STEP 2 – Create pocket holes. You should place it on both ends of its back and straight edges of your dividers. 
  • STEP  3 – Attach the plywood in your center divider using the pocket screws and the wood glue.
  • STEP 4 – Next, is attaching the front rail, again using glue as well as finish nails.
  • STEP 5 – Add your bottom slats, your spacing should be ¾ inch, and you can use a ¾-inch board to space them out. 
  • STEP 6 – Finally, attach the feet of your vegetable storage tray. Get four blocks, a 2 x 2 cuts each and then glue them using wood glue at the bottom part and secure it with finish nails. 

5.Drawer Divider Insert

If you’d like to be more organized, getting this drawer organizer in your kitchen compartment is essential. For this, choosing the best measurements to match your drawer is crucial. Once you finish this project, you can enjoy it a lot easier and organize a drawer for your spoon, forks, and precious knives. 

Tools you will need: 




  • Tape Measure
  • Speed Square
  • Framing Square
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Pneumatic Nail Gun
  • Bar Clamps
  • Spring Clamps

Materials:

  • Plywood Project Panel
  • Wood Glue

Quick Guide: 

  • STEP 1 – Start measuring your drawer and then cut the pieces. Create a simple graph and ensure that they are adequately accounted for when it comes to its width before cutting. 
  • STEP 2 – Glue the wood pieces using wood glue and nail them together. 
  • STEP  3 – Once you set up the frame appropriately, you can then place it to your drawer. You can then make more designs for each drawer depending on the utensils you will settle there.

6.Storage Cabinet

This basic basket storage is indeed a great alternative if you aim for clutter-free Woodworking storage even without the hassle of constructing drawers – and using any complicated tools for such matter. Though its paneled sides & shelves may appear intricate for your cabinet, however, it is just a set of simple parts that are bolted together under it. The character of this cabinet effortlessly adjusts to whatever theme you like.

Tools you will need: 

  • Drill/Driver
  • Tape Measure
  • Carpenters Square
  • Pocket Hole Jig (Kreg Mini: $20 or at Lowe’s)
  • Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw
  • Sandpaper

Materials:

  • One ¾ plywood to make the top. Get a 2×2 “project panel” from a home-center.
  • Two ¼ plywood to make the sides and shelves. Get two 2×4 “project panels” from a home-center.
  • Five 1x2x8 boards to make the stiles and rails
  • Five ¾x¾ Square Dowels to make the cleats. Get five 3-foot pieces.
  • Four Corner Cleats to attach the plywood top
  • 1-inch Wood Screws
  • ½ inch Wood Screws
  • 1 ¼ inch Kreg Pocket Screws
  • Wood Glue

7.Napkin Holder

This stylish storage for napkins makes a perfect present for your relatives, friends, and even you. You could design it to fit your dinner table, so if you are planning to get this for your counter, you should design it to suit the cabinets. You can try this pine made one.    

A typical serving length for this project will take approximately 6 “x 6”. It might not be a perfect square yet near enough, but it just doesn’t matter. When you position the foundation to meet the folds of the napkin, and its uprights would be opposite to its base. With these, you can use 1/4 inch around the base for this round over type table. Then, add1/4 inches in the middle of its uprights to have minimal room to get the napkins.




Tools you will need:

  • Hand Saw
  • Hand Plane / Block Plane
  • Coping Saw
  • Chisels (1/2″ and 1 1/2″)
  • Knife
  • Dividers / Compass
  • Combination Square
  • Clamps

Materials:

  • Sandpaper
  • Glue
  • Boiled Linseed Oil
  • Base – 8 1/2″ length x 6 3/4″ width x 3/4″ thick
  • Uprights – 2 @ 4 1/4″ length x 2 1/4″ width x 3/4″ thick
  • Dowel – 9″ x 1″

Quick Guide: 

  • STEP 1 – Cut wood pieces to your desired length. Using a circular saw, cut your boards into smaller cuts exactly for your napkin holders. 
  • STEP 2 – Sand the board to make it smoother and prevent tearing of your napkin and roughness. 
  • STEP 3 – Get your wood glue to attach them and with the help of clamps to make it tightly placed until dry. 
  • STEP 4 – Once it is dried up, you may put any additional design or paint to your wood to make it more lovely. 

8.Wooden Shiplap Placemats

You may not notice this piece first, but you will then appreciate how it stands out once you see the finished product and how it will catch your attention. This craft can also be used on special occasions and be unique for your parties and BBQ picnics with your family and friends. 

Tools you will need:

  • Nailer
  • Sander

Materials: 

  • Wooden square
  • Wood filler
  • Spray paint

Quick Guide:

  • STEP 1 – You may nail 1 X 3 blocks to a wooden square.  Choose a quarter so you can space them evenly. 
  • STEP 2 – Once you nail it down, you can start filling the holes using a wood filler. Sand it down to smoothen the edges. 
  • STEP 3 – Finally, paint it with the color you like.

9.Bowling Lane

Poke your bowling impulse by constructing this mini lane produced from scrap wood. Originally the bowling lanes were made from maple as well as pine wood. The paths in front and back were made of hard maple, then a softer of more exceptional pine wood is used in the center portion of this lane. How well this lane goes from maple to pines is clear, since the panels are weaved together.

Tools you will need:

  • Kreg Jig (for joining boards)
  • Sander
  • Dremel (for rounding guard edges)
  • JigSaw (for rounding guard edges)
  • Wood Filler
  • Handsaw
  • Silhouette (for creating stencils for lane markers)

Materials

  • One 46 inches long 1×12 board
  • Two 46 inches  long 1×2 boards
  • Two 9.75 inches  long 1×2 boards
  • One 9.75 inches long 1×4 board
  • Two 23 inches  long 1×4 boards
  • Paint

10.Bar Stool

If you wanted to create something useful and crafty using your spare woods and scraps you can try to make a Bar Stool, you could build a beautiful piece with these guide; You can make your top in whatever size that suits your taste or need. 

Tools you will need: 

  • Pocket hole jig
  • Drill
  • Miter saw

Materials: 

  • Straight boards
  • Wood glue
  • Pocket hole screws

Quick Guide:

  • STEP 1 – You need to cut the wood with the right measurement inclined with what suits you.
  • STEP 2 – Glue your seat board using wood glue. Start to cut your desired length for your stool legs.
  • STEP 3 – Create an angle and miter Cuts for its legs and create marking to make sure you have equal parts. Then, attach it carefully together, make sure that they are tight to make it sturdy.
  • STEP 4 – Start to glue them again to its frame.

11.Blanket Ladder

Blankets-they protects us from cold and so beautiful in the eyes. They’re cute, cozy, and essential for winter. Regardless of how much you keep them sorted, blankets eventually wind up onto the floor like a scatter, crumpled or dirty. However, thanks to blanket ladders, you may store them neatly anytime.

Tools you will need: 

  • Miter saw
  • Nail gun
  • Air compressor

Materials: 

  • Scrap wood
  • Nails
  • Paint or finish

Quick Guide:

  • STEP 1 – First, you do a cut for your ladder’s legs, cut a 2 X 4 in half using a hand saw and a miter box. Ensure that they have the right equal measurements. Then, you start to cut the rungs by cutting 1 X 3 board in four with 16 inches each piece. It is for the slatting of your ladder. 
  • STEP 2 – Sand them so it will be smooth enough and prevent tearing of your blankets. Measure your rungs and place them appropriately, and depending on the size of gaps, you would want them to be. 
  • STEP 3 – Position them on how you would drill them and attach your rungs to the legs. Erase your markings and then choose paint to complete the look. 

12.Porch or Garden Table

Everyone deserves a beautiful table in a garden, particularly for such a lovely spring or summer days. If you’re really a woodworker, a guy, or a woman from DIY or just like to save time, this post is really for you. Below are the things you need to have to complete this craft.

Tools you will need:

  • Any Saw Available
  • Drill Bit

Materials:

  • Lumber
  • Stain or Paint
  • Screws
  • Sandpaper

Quick Guide: 

  • STEP 1 – First, you’ll want to construct your table’s sides by screwing  9 inches board around between two 23 inches boards. Place the boards 14.25 inches on top of your sides and support, making two “A’s,” which would be the sides.
  • STEP 2 – Connect the sides via mending tiles, trying to screw between the two 14.25′′ sheets the 16-ich frame. Screw that 18-inch two frameworks between the two 9-inch boards as added assistance.
  • STEP 3 – Finally, line them up, your four 30 inches 1 x 4 board at the top of the table, and then start to screw into that 14.25 inches top of its sides. Then have it stained to make it more appealing.

13.Candle Holder

Such wood candle holders can be placed in the decor for your living room, dinner table, or a sequence on your racks. There are several opportunities you could use these for every season of each year. You can use Tealight Candles run using a battery or for real scented candles to accentuate your room.

Tools you will need: 

  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Hammer

Materials: 

  • Scrap Wood
  • Horseshoes
  • Nails
  • Protective Finish

14.Wooden Media Box

If you are trying to achieve such a stylish way to get your TV zone cleaned? This media player project is a perfect tool for arranging and decluttering your media devices, including your cords. Choose a gorgeous natural hardwood such as walnut, or you may also use base plywood then paint this same final product.

Tools you will need: 

  • Clamps
  • Saw

Materials:

  • Three pieces of any wood
  • Sanding block
  • Wood glue
  • Clear spray finish

15.Scarf Hanger

Scarf Hanger is a simple and modern way to freshen up your bedrooms or entrance halls. This integration of rugged leather and solid oak or even a birch, is using unseen hardware to fasten to its wall without screws unsightly sticking out of the front, apparently defying science to all those who stare on. You could use this to hang a coat, cap, purse, and other valued decoration items to add dimension to the wall.

Tools you need: 

  • Jigsaw
  • Hole Saw
  • Paint Brush

Materials:

  • Paint
  • ⅜ inch Masonite

16.Cedar Planters

This planting device is built to match a range of talents, various equipment, and specific operating methods. Someone who is facing a hurdle will like their artful double taper. Slice parts into a square and trim off a few more fine wood shavings for a piece of fit-quality furniture. You can do aside only with taper if you want a simplified version, broaden the lower part panel and extend the cleats in it. 

This same panel-and-batten building of the planter is suited to either strategy. Using a bowl inside to protect its interior from deterioration, or just cover it with soil and graciously embrace the aging cycle. The good thing about this planter was that you really could create it fussy or some form of casual. Any alternative offers an enticing project. 

Using almost a braid-free cedar to build a planter in a straight line and the furniture-like look, with the pieces precisely cut and installed. You can also use a knotty ragged-sawn cedar and distribute it with diligent modifications to create a very well-suited planter for your outdoor living.

Tools you will need:

  • Any kind of saw
  • Drill 

Materials:

  • Cedar fence planks
  • Wood 
  • Screws

17.Wood Wall Art

The charm with these crafts is that you can use all these methodologies to do almost any layout you wish. You can try for a rusty feel, and you can go by a more contemporary theme. It depends on your mood or the current design of your room.

Tools you will need:

  • Miter Saw
  • Straightedge
  • Pneumatic Nail Gun
  • Jigsaw
  • Clamps

Materials: 

  • Plywood
  • Wood lath
  • Wood glue
  • Stain or paint
  • Small nails
  • Paintbrush 

18.Over the Sink Wood Shelf 

The most straightforward and cost-effective method to upgrade the kitchen is nixing and substituting your upper cabinets and turning them in something with shelves. If you’re saving money for remodeling, and want a little redesign, these suggestions of shelving your kitchen can positively guide you.

Tools you will need: 

  • Power wood sander
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Wood clamps

Materials: 

  • Pallet wood
  • Sandpaper
  • Liquid nails
  • Screws
  • Wax paper
  • Stain
  • Waterproof sealer

19.Bottle Vase Holder

You can transform our simple glass into a lovely and pristine vase that is rustic or modern using the guide created by Ronja & NUr Noch. You will love how a simple wooden addition frame can make your bottles into a lovely centerpiece.

Tools you will need: 

  • Compass
  • Triangle
  • Screw clamps
  • Handsaw
  • Drill

Materials: 

  • Pallet wood
  • Epoxy glue
  • Sandpaper

20.Makeup Storage

Isn’t it aggravating when a favorite lipstick of yours is missing in action when you need it? If this is your dilemma, then it’s a sign that you need ideas for making a makeup organizer. You could use beautiful scrap wood to create your makeup organizer. It may look rustic and chic, as well as a vintage theme for your room. 

Tools you will need: 

  • Drill
  • Nails

Materials: 

  • Any block of wood
  • Flatwood
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood filler

Final Thoughts

Creating your woodworking is truly rewarding, especially with the result after your effort. It may also save you money instead of purchasing these expensive ready-made woodworks from those stores. If you want to learn other woodworking projects that you can sell, find more here.


TedsWoodworking Plans and Projects

Recent Content