5 Woodworking projects for beginners

5 woodworking projects for beginners

Are you looking for woodworking projects for beginners? I have done some research online and found these to be the top five woodworking projects for beginners.

Whether you have a woodworking shop full of tools or just a few basic tools in your garage you can accomplish these projects.  

 

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Do you have what it takes to be a woodworker?

There is a certain mindset that woodworker must have.  You must be willing to be creative and think outside the box.  There’s really no right or wrong way to complete your woodworking project but there are preferred ways.  

Are you building this piece to be sold or for yourself? If you are building this for yourself you get the final say.  If you’re building the piece to be sold you may need to be a little more particular.  

Woodworking definitely requires some patience. There is this old rule that all Woodworkers live by and that’s “Measure twice, Cut once”.  With all new projects just take your time and things will work out fine!

Wood is a very forgiving material to work with. In the end it’s just wood and they make wood filler for a reason!  

What are the basic tools I will need?

There are a few tools that you would definitely need to start any woodworking project.  Whether these are power tools or hand tools it makes no difference.

One of the most important Tools in a woodworkers shop is his tape measure. Without a tape measure you will be up a creek without a paddle.  

The second most important tool in a Woodworkers shop is his saw.  Whether this is a hand saw or a powered saw it makes no difference.  

If you’re looking to get into mass production or have a lot of projects to do I would suggest getting a power saw.  The most common powered saw that everyone should have or has already is a circular saw. 

If you’re getting into more of a fine woodworking project you may want to consider a compound miter saw.  This type of Saw allows you to cut Square lines across the width of a board. There’s also makes it easy to cut angles as well.

The last most basic tool that every woodworker should have is of course a hammer.  I am sure if you dig around in your garage you probably already have this.  A hammer is a tool that you will typically buy once and have it for the rest of your life.

Needless to say if you’re looking to do more than one project or have multiple projects you may want to consider a nail gun.  

 Basic Tool List:

  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • hammer

How long will it take to build these projects?

This is a question that there is no easy answer to. The length of a project really depends on how much time and effort you want to put into the project. 

There is no real reason to get all fancy on your first project with dovetail joints or fancy inlays. I would suggest as a beginner woodworker that you start with the basics.  Let’s save the fancy woodworking for a second project. 

Most of the projects that I have listed below can be completed within a few hours. Depending on the tools you have on hand they may be completed much faster.

I will save the complex woodworking for another post. These projects will just be for fun!

Can I sell my woodworking projects?

You can sell almost any woodworking project that you do. Now that being said that changes the whole amount of time that you’re going to spend on your project.   You also want to watch what you spend on your project.

 

A lot of times in woodworking you end up spending twice as much time as you expect on the project. Cost Plus materials almost always outweighs the resale value of a piece when completed.

If you’re planning to resell some of these items you want to think about what your outlet is for selling them. Will you be selling these on Etsy or in a brick-and-mortar store? Do you have your own online store?

There are many factors to take in if you’re considering to sell your items.   But it can be a very fulfilling hobby to take up.   If you’re looking to start a resale woodworking business I would definitely suggest sticking to basic woodworking projects.

Save the complex projects for special orders so that you don’t build up an inventory that you’re unable to sell.  Always consider the cost of the project before building up an inventory to sell. 

There are many basic projects that you can do and sell. If that’s what you’re looking to get into some these projects are definite fit.   Again start by getting your hands wet and then build from there.

Wine Bottle Display

The first project we’re going to talk about is the wine bottle display. These displays are easy to to build and fun!

They make great gifts for Christmas, birthdays or to add to your home decor. These can be as simple as a box that holds a single bottle of wine or a shelf to display your Mammoth collection of wine.

I have built many of them to use in the past using simple pieces of pallets or leftover in the shop.

I do enjoy using pallets when I have the time to break them down although breaking down pallets is a lot of work.   Using reclaimed wood such as pallets adds a special rustic feel to any piece.

Pallet Shelf

Simple pallet shelves

I have this one listed as simple pallet shelves. Although I have it listed as pallet shelves there are many different shell styles that you can build. Shelving is probably one of the easiest woodworking projects for anybody.

Shelf’s can be as simple as taking a piece of wood and cutting it to lay. Mini building supply stores sell pre-made wooden brackets that can be attached to your wooden Shelf.

Wooden brackets will run you around $10 each or you can go with a metal bracket for about the same cost. It all comes down to what look you’re going for in the end.

If you’d like to spruce up your shelf and you have access to a router you can add detailed edging to your shelf.

A simple round over bit will make any shelves stand out. If you don’t have access to a router you can use quarter round trim that should be available at your local lumber store.

But if you’re going for that rustic look for your home decor you could definitely give pallets a shot for your project. Using reclaimed wood adds a special up to just about any project you have.

Flower pot hanger

Ah… The flower pot hanger. This is a project that’s going to be great for summer time.  Although I have not built one of these yet I think they’ll be great.

Basically what I’m doing is taking some 2×4’s and building a large picture frame and attaching it to a larger 2×8 base.   I would consider this as a extremely basic woodworking project. It will only consist of straight 90 degree cuts and joints.

At the top of the picture frame right in the middle I will attach a metal hook that can be used to hang a flower pot. You can also spruce up the top of the picture frame by adding a decorative post top.

Sofa cup holder

There now if you have this problem at your house but I do. I sit down on the couch and there is literally no room for an end table. Well the sofa cup holder is the solution!

What is the sofa cup holder you may ask? Basically it’s three Square boards that are nailed together to make a U.  The end goal of this would be to slide it over the arm of your sofa so you have a place to rest your cup.  

This is a great solution if you don’t have the space to add an end table. We’ll also consider this project as another extremely basic woodworking project. Now granted if you’d like to get fancy with this you could route out a circle into the size of a cup. But if you don’t want to get fancy not a problem.

Rustic Candle holders

Candle holders are another great woodworking project for the beginner.   These can be as simple or as detailed as you’d like.  The most basic candle holder is constructed out of a simple 4×4.   To make this style candle holder all you need to do is cut the four by four to length and drill a few holes the size of the candles.  

I’m sure you’ve all seen the little candles better typically used that come with the little tin bottom.  They work great for this style of candle holder

If you’re wanting to display larger candles that’s not a problem. You can also use small pieces of trim as the picture frame around the candle. Essentially making a small box for the candle to sit in.

You can make these candle displays as small or as big as you’d like. This is also a great chance to use some of that reclaimed wood you’ve collected in your past projects.

Thank you for hanging out and best of luck on your woodworking project!

Well if you made it this far in a post I want to thank you for hanging out.  I hope that you have enjoyed the information that I have provided and that it has inspired you to tackle your woodworking project.

With any woodworking project just remember to have fun and be creative.  Sometimes it can be difficult to think of the next project to build and for that there are many resources online to help you.

Below I have listed a link where you can get access to over 16000 woodworking projects. This may be a helpful starting point for many of us Woodworkers as we all hit that creative wall some times. Feel free to check it out

Please feel free to use the comment section for any questions and comments you may I will be happy to answer them.