12 Great DIY Wood Projects That You Can Do From Scratch

Wood is easy to come by and really versatile. It’s an excellent resource for lots of different types of projects and you can use it to craft all sorts of cool and useful things for your home. Common wood projects include DIY furniture and accessories so that’s what we’re going to focus on today. We’ve put together a collection of wood DIY ideas that we think are great to get you started on this route. They’re quite simple and very satisfying plus each offers lots of customization options.

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One of the easiest things to build is a wooden box and that’s more or less what a compost bin is. This is such a simple project and the end result is quite great. You can build your own compost bin from scratch using just a 2 x 2, some fence boards and a few deck screws. It can be a fun weekend project and you can find cute ways to decorate the bin once it’s all done. There’s a tutorial on createwithmom that you can check out if you’re interested.

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Just a few simple pieces of wood can be arranged in such a way to create beautiful wall art that you can display in your home. This for example was made using a few plywood sheets cut into different shapes of different sizes and layered in order to create an abstract, mid-century modern inspired design. Check out thecraftygentleman to find out more about this cool DIY project.

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Furniture is not that much more difficult to make either, especially the outdoor kind. For instance, this reclined chair is a fairly straight-forward project. You can save a lot of money by making it out of reclaimed pallet boards instead of store-bought solid wood. It has a simple design and it’s a comfortable chair even if you don’t add any cushions to it. Place it on your porch or in the garden and pair it with a few other handmade pieces of furniture such as a small table for instance. You can find the details of this project on instructables.

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Another pretty simple item to build would be a nightstand. Including a drawer or some other type of storage would be super useful, giving you a place to store a few items by the bed such as a book, chargers and cables, glasses and so on. The design featured on themerrythought is both easy to build and nice to look at. Consider staining or painting the wood if you want to match the nightstand to your bedroom decor.

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We often come across items that seem worth saving but that we don’t really have a plan or an idea for. For example, you might find various types of containers that you could potentially repurpose and do something cool with. These two vintage wood boxes were turned into a nice flower display piece and it was a simple and quick project which you can find out all about on petticoatjunktion.

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A lot of accessories including coat hangers and towel racks are surprisingly easy to make. This for instance is basically just a wooden board with a few dowels inserted in it and the tools and supplies needed in order to make it are very basic: just a drill, a tape measure, wall anchors and of course a piece of wood and a few dowel pieces as well. You can use teak oil to give the wood a natural finish but staining or painting it would also be nice options. Either way, you can head over to themerrythought if you want more details about this project.

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If you’re the type that keeps a lot of items on their desk and has all sorts of gadgets and accessories that need to be easily accessible like printers for instance, consider building a custom stand with two or three shelves so you can organize them in a neat and efficient manner. There’s a tutorial on bybrittanygoldwyn that shows exactly how it’s done. It’s made of wood and has a simple and elegant design plus it’s multifunctional and versatile.

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Another fairly easy thing to build out of wood would be a bench. surely you could use something like this on your patio or in the backyard and if you’re using the same design as the one on danslelakehouse then you’ll also be able to use this as a table or a stand for your flower pots. The design is modern and has an interesting geometry and the colored frame gives the bench lots of character.

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Something else you might struggle with is finding a suitable coat rack for your entryway. The wall-mounted ones are definitely practical but they limit the flexibility and versatility of the decor. On the other hand, a portable coat rack like the one featured on craftberrybush can be easily moved around and placed anywhere it’s needed plus it also looks very chic and stylish. It has dowels at the top for hanging coats, bags, hats and other things and a shelf at the bottom for shoes or various accessories.

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Plant stands, especially the kind that fits and matches a particular type of planter, can be hard to come by and often crafting one from scratch is the better option. The tutorial from instructables shows how you can make this stylish wood plant stand from scratch and as usual you can quite easily adapt it to suit your own particular planter if needed.

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The first pallet chair we’ve mentioned earlier was pretty easy to build but this one is even easier. For an outdoor chair like this one you’re going to need two wooden pallets and a few tools including something to cut the wood with, a hammer, a drill, a screwdriver, a few screws and nails and some sandpaper. It would be best to apply a protective varnish coat to the wood if you’re going to leave the chair outdoors and exposed to the elements. The tutorial for this can be found on instructables.

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Speaking of DIY chairs, there’s one more design that we’d like to share with you today and this one is visibly more refined than the others. In addition to looking super stylish, this is also a folding chair which makes it extra convenient and practical. It’s made of cedar wood which is a great material for outdoor projects in general. You can find a full tutorial for this project on instructables if you ever want to build something similar.