The beautiful thing about woodworking is that it extends to different generations. Whether you are young, old, or somewhere in between, there are woodworking projects you can tackle that will fit your skill level.
Sawbuck projects! Cut it out from scrap wood you probably have in your workshop. These are not a pattern project, but a technique that we have found to be great for personalized gifts and can be quite profitable! Beginner skill level.
When I first started woodworking, I had a sawzall, a palm sander, a miter saw (if I’m feeling fancy) and some random hand-tools someone gave me as a house-warming present. I literally couldn’t do complex woodworking if I wanted to.
To keep your ironing gear handy but out from underfoot, make this simple ironing center in a couple of hours. All you need is a 10-ft. 1×8, a 2-ft. piece of 1×6 for the shelves and a pair of hooks to hang your ironing board.
These free woodworking plans will help the beginner all the way up to the expert craft a new woodworking project with ease. You’ll find free woodworking plans for workbenches, bookcases, coffee tables, sheds, picnic tables, dog houses, wine racks, chicken coops, home bars, decks, pergolas, gazebos, greenhouses, bird houses, playhouses, and even tree houses.
Expert woodworker George Vondriska and his guest demonstrate the easy step-by-step woodworking process for how to build a birdhouse from one piece of solid cedar wood. You’ll learn how to make all the necessary accommodations for the birds in your neighborhood, including a space for seed and waste removal. Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue provided
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With a tablesaw, sandpaper, and untreated hardwood, you can craft a cutting board to help you prepare or showcase your culinary creations. To make this project food-safe, be sure your mineral oil is food grade. Full tutorial for these available here, or try taking it up a notch and cut each a chimney using this how-to.
Isn’t this amazing that instead of having to throw that old furniture piece away, you can now reuse it to build something even more beautiful? If you do not like this particular idea, there are many other re-purposeful furniture items you can build from an old dresser. Just search the internet for other DIY project ideas. Here is a link to the video tutorial that explains the same procedure in a more practical manner that you can easily follow through.
The space behind a door is a storage spot that’s often overlooked. Build a set of shallow shelves and mount it to the wall behind your laundry room door. The materials are inexpensive. Measure the distance between the door hinge and the wall and subtract an inch. This is the maximum depth of the shelves. We used 1x4s for the sides, top and shelves. Screw the sides to the top. Then screw three 1×2 hanging strips to the sides: one top and bottom and one centered. Nail metal shelf standards to the sides. Complete the shelves by nailing a 1×2 trim piece to the sides and top. The 1×2 dresses up the shelf unit and keeps the shelves from falling off the shelf clips.
The minimalistic look comes from using untreated pine and assembling the wooden pieces in a clever simple way. A bit of wood, screws, a drill and 15 minutes – this is a wonderful project for a Saturday afternoon.
For the most part you would have spent hundreds of dollars or more on woodworking projects. It will take you a lot longer than you thought or you might have quit because you got your measurements all wrong!