45 Easy and Inexpensive Woodworking Projects for Beginners

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Woodworking Projects for Beginners

Woodworking is a great stress-reliever, art and hobby. But it takes a skilled hand, a sharp eye and plenty of patience to fully master the fundamentals of building with woods creatively. And I must admit, the journey isn’t as easy as it seems. So, I started searching online the easy yet inexpensive woodworking projects for beginners and came up with 45 on the list which we will talk later.

At first, I took it up on a whim and then afterwards, turned it into my vocation. I came to the point that my wife called woodworking as my mistress. That’s quite funny, but it’s something you won’t trade in for easily.

Woodworking is a daunting task. This is the reason why many people fail to pursue this industry. However if you have done it well, you can create a promising hobby you’ll love to share with other people.

For novice woodworkers out there, don’t worry. I’ll share with you some beginner woodworking projects I’ve done when I’m just getting started in this industry. Here are some help for you:

DIY Farmhouse Bench

Here’s a great match for your farmhouse table.  DIY farmhouse bench is so easy to build and only requires basic tools as well.

DIY Farmhouse Bench

See guide | Photo: thecreativemom.com

Hanging Basket Frame

My wife loves unique garden items. So, I decided to make her an exceptional hanging frame, which she can use above our porch. Give your porch a cozy feeling through this crafting your own hanging basket frame.

Hanging Basket Frame

See guide | Photo: shanty-2-chic.com

Rustic Wall Rack

Organize your kitchen tools and accessories thru this multi-purpose wall rack. You just need to reuse your old wooden pallets and utilize some items like a power drill, wood board, adhesive, tape measure, etc. to build it.

Rustic Wall Rack

See guide | Photo: ehow.com

Wooden Sofa Sleeve (Plus Cup Holder)

Give your sofa a new, refreshing look (as well as function) and modify its sleeve, leaving a space for mobile, cup, etc. Just prepare drilling machine, hole saw, tape measure, pencil, clamps and many more to do this successfully.

Wooden Sofa Sleeve

See guide | Photo: abeautifulmess.com

Ancient wooden spoons

One thing you need to learn in woodworking is that not all the time you’ll need power tools to create unique and useful woodworking items. While creating this ancient wooden spoon without through non-power tools seems so challenging, but it can greatly help you improve your discipline.

Ancient wooden spoons

See guide | Photo: instructables.com

Wooden bookends

Did you know that you can actually create something out of one piece of wood? Yes, you can try form a wooden bookend even without precise techniques and accurate measures. Check out how simple yet amazing this project is.

Simple-DIY-Bookends

See guide | Photo: build-basic.com

DIY Media Box

Having a hard time dealing with your messy TV area and tangled cords? If so, build a handy DVD media player box which perfectly fits your haven. All you need is to grab three pieces of durable wood, clamps, sanding block and finishing product and you’re good to go!

DIY Media Box

See guide | Photo: homedit.com

DIY Vegetable Storage Bin

Get ready your Kreg Jig, nailer, jigsaw and drill. With the help of some scrap plywood along with a few boards, you surely whip up this project.

Easy DIY Vegetable Storage Bin

See guide | Photo: anikasdiylife.com

Small wooden USB drive

In woodworking, smaller piece demands lots of patience and hardwork. To simply put, the smaller the item is, the tougher the job to be done. To test your steady hand and patience, I highly recommend this project to novice woodworkers.

Small wooden USB drive

See guide | Photo: instructables.com

Wooden Door Mat

Ditch the traditional ‘Welcome’ sign usually placed in your doormats. Now is the perfect time to use your creative minds and hands to work as you build this wooden doormat.

Wooden Welcome Mat

See guide | Photo: domesticimperfection.com

Wooden Plank Wine Rack

Got a small collection of wine bottles you’d like to corral? If so, then why not create your wooden plank wine rack that can help you store these bottles upside down and save more storage space?

Wooden Plank Wine Rack

See guide | Photo: camillestyles.com

DIY Wooden Pencil Holder

It would be a wise decision to plan your pencil holder project as a beginner.  I can say that this is a great add-on to your workspace. Plus, you can try to be more imaginative in customizing this project.

DIY Wooden Pencil Holder

See guide | Photo:  cherishedbliss.com

DIY Make-Up Brush Storage

Don’t let your wife’s blush, lipstick, mascara, makeup brush, eyeliner pencil and other makeup accessories clutter your room.  Believe me or not, they will be certainly glad and surprised when you build them wooden makeup storage.

DIY Make-Up Brush Storage

See guide | Photo: natalme.com

Basic DIY Drawer

In making this DIY drawer, you won’t need a router, or even a table saw. In less than two hours, you could quickly form a new drawer.

Basic DIY Drawer

See guide | Photo: build-basic.com

DIY Easy Pallet Bookshelf

Did you just say you found a used pallet around your house? This calls for another affordable yet easy woodworking project! Transform this simple pallet into a shelf.  I guarantee you, it won’t take too much time of your life to finish it.

DIY Easy Pallet Bookshelf

See guide | Photo:  madewithlovetcbf.blogspot.com

Wooden Pallet Shoe Rack

Recycle those old wood pallet in your backyard into a small shoe rack. Indeed, it’s a great way to spark the imagination of beginners like you.

Wooden Hexagon Tray

If you’re looking for a way to introduce yourself to this industry, this wooden hexagon tray project is your way to go. You don’t need to break a bank to create this customizable tray.

Long Hexagon Tray

See guide | Photo: mylove2create.com

Plywood Quote Art

Without a doubt, plywood quote art is a lovely addition to your place. So, you won’t definitely regret some time for this project as it won’t cost you too much. You only need a jigsaw.

DIY PLYWOOD QUOTE ARTWORK

See guide | Photo: realitydaydream.com

DIY Wall Shelf

A wall shelf is a great way to organize your love nest. Hence, it pays off to build your own shelf like this and incorporate your own design and color stain on it. I love the fact that I can make it smaller or bigger, depending on my preference.

DIY Wall Shelf with Corbels

See guide | Photo: iheartorganizing.com

Stacking Storage Cubies

Are you tired of arranging your kid’s room? Worry no more because here’s a good woodworking project you’ll love. It only requires little materials, few tools and easy building process.

DIY Stacking Storage Cubbies

See guide | Photo: prettyhandygirl.com

Wooden iPad Dock

While you can purchase this at shops, but why not create it yourself? All you need is to find a good piece of hardwood, customize and design it accordingly.

Wooden iPad Dock

See guide | Photo: instructables.com

Pet Bowl Stand

An ideal masterpiece for pet lovers out there, this pet bowl stand can stop the spillage of water and food. But wait, you don’t need to buy one! Build your own depending on your favorite color and designs.

DIY Pet Bowl Stand

See guide | Photo: centsationalstyle.com

Outdoor Chalkboard

Spruce up your home with a stunning outdoor chalkboard. Constructing this project is quite easy.  You can decide whatever style and size you would desire.

DIY Outdoor Chalkboard

See guide | Photo: addicted2diy.com

DIY Monogrammed Tags

Are you hunting for the best gift? Make cute and adorable wood burning tags. You may start with one letter and then add some flair later.

DIY Monogrammed Tags

See guide | Photo: anikasdiylife.com

DIY Utensil Organizer

What will you do with the scrap wood piled up at the corner of your basement? Why not form a DIY utensil organizer out of it? Projects like this can help you improve your kitchen’s appearance and organization without spending too much.

DIY Utensil Organizer

See guide | Photo: abeautifulmess.com

Modern Coat Rack

To hang your hats, coats and jackets properly, you need a good, durable coat rack.  On a tight budget?  Freak not because you can create your elegant yet minimalist coat rack out of a single piece of wood.

DIY Coat Rack

See guide | Photo: bobvila.com

Napkin Holder

Rather than leaving those bunch of napkins on your kitchen counter, it would be a better idea to spare some time and create your new napkin holder? This project won’t demand much for creativity and skills.

balsa napkin holder

See guide | Photo: theinspiredhive.com

Wooden Guitar Picks

Do you want to impress your music lover friend? Wooden guitar picks will do the trick for you. You just need to exert effort cutting, sanding and putting details to it to make it a perfect present.

Wooden Guitar Picks

See guide | Photo: instructables.com

Wooden Beads

If you are seeking for a project which doesn’t need expensive wood or other supplies, wooden beads can be your best answered prayer.  Just like wooden guitar picks, you don’t need any tool except for sanding materials.

Wooden Bead Chandelier

See guide | Photo: abeautifulmess.com

Wooden Key Holders

Do yourself a favor and construct a key holder which you can put right next to your door. Your just need to prepare a well-polished wood and sand it.

Wooden Key Holders

See guide | Photo: bybrittanygoldwyn.com

DIY House Number Sign

Similar to you welcoming sign, you may also personalize your address sign.  It is so easy to make! With it, you can include your address combined with your last name!

DIY House Number Sign

See guide | Photo: shadesofblueinteriors.com

DIY Blanket Ladder

It’s the perfect time to upgrade your décor with your homemade blanket ladder. Compared to other woodworking projects, this project is simple, quick and customizable.

DIY Blanket Ladder

See guide | Photo: biggerthanthethreeofus.com

DIY Stool Plans

Nothing is simpler to construct than these stools. You just need to cut everything to the correct length, put it all together properly and paint them. Best for deck or outdoor party, these stools are pretty useful and sturdy.

DIY Stool Plans

See guide | Photo: rogueengineer.com

Fall Yard Signs

Before fall season comes, create these awesome signs for your business or classroom.  You have the freedom what to write in it. Don’t forget to add any fall-related décor.

Fall Yard Signs

See photo | Photo: simplycountrylife.blogspot.com

DIY Tool Tote

Reward yourself today through making a tool tote, a handy item you can utilize around your home. It isn’t just durable and strong, I must admit that this tote has a simple and neat design.
DIY Tool Tote

See guide | Photo:  prettyhandygirl.com

Wooden Rulers

Handcrafted rulers are easy and fun to create, specifically for novice woodworkers.  Aside from that, they are completely customizable as well with any style and color you want.

DIY Gift Handcrafted Rulers

See guide | Photo: sawdustgirl.com

Playing Card Holder for Kids

Make your next card game more organized through creating playing card holders. It’s best recommended for kids who have a hard time holding those cards. Your children will certainly love the vibrant colors and simplicity of this craft.

Playing Card Holder

See guide | Photo: realitydaydream.com

DIY Easy Birdhouse

This birdhouse project is an excellent add-on to your backyard. To do this, prepare pine board, saw, dowel rod, PVC pipe, plywood, and drill.

DIY Wooden Birdhouse

See guide | Photo: skiptomylou.org

Wooden Cutting Board

With the help of untreated hardwood, sandpaper and table saw, you can build a great cutting board for your next culinary masterpiece. Just ensure it’s safe, use a food grade mineral oil.

Wooden Cutting Board

See guide | Photo: abeautifulmess.com

Wooden Custom Lamp

Buy a simple lamp kit from the nearest local hardware shop and transform a block of wood or log into a beautiful lamp. You can also paint and seal the log before drilling and top it with a lamp.

Wooden Custom Lamp

See guide | Photo: decorandthedog.net

Business Card Holder

A business card can keep you connected with other like-minded individuals. So, be sure to show it off aesthetically by means of a business card holder.

Wooden Business Card Holder

See guide | Photo: snapguide.com

Sunglasses Box

Expensive sunglasses is an investment worth protecting. So, here’s a wooden sunglasses box to safeguard them from against scratches. You can add simple locking mechanism and small hinges in constructing this project.

Wooden Side Table

It’s another simple and free woodworking project that will help improve your skills. With this, you can have the chance to combine unique shades of scrap woods, making your project exceptional.

Wooden Side Table

See guide | Photo: build-basic.com

Picket-Inspired Picture Frames

Reclaimed woods are a practical use of resources, and its appeal is simply undeniable. By means of a small drill and a saw, you could already reuse your old fencing to create this woodworking project. To finish it off, utilize bulldog clips or hot-gluing clothespin to hang your photos.

Picket-Inspired Picture Frames

See guide | Photo: itsoverflowing.com

Wooden Arrow Displays

You don’t just need to exert effort, find the correct angle and use a miter saw to create a good set of wooden arrows. Paint or stain them well to fit your decorations.

Wooden Arrows

See guide | Photo: cherishedbliss.com

There you have it – 45 woodworking plans for beginners you can try. I personally hand-selected the above selection as they significantly help me develop my skills and patience and even enhance it. In the long run, it will get you more convenient with the fundamentals of building with woods.

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