50 Awesome DIY Wood Projects For Absolute Beginners

When you have a passion for DIY projects you can always find something new and cool to craft, some ingenious way to make your home even more welcoming, even more beautiful and more you. I have a soft spot for paper crafts but I have to admit that wood projects are becoming more and more enticing.

DIY Wood Projects

A great thing about DIY home decor is that there’s an infinite number of ways to look at it and many different ways to be creative and original.

In a rush? Here are the best woodworking headlines.

Types of Wood for DIY Wood Projects

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As you can imagine, wood is not easy to work with, which makes certain varieties better if you’re looking to start work on a wood project.

Pine 

Pine is a softwood species that is quite easy to work with. You can carve it and drill through it without too many headaches. Pine is typically a pale-yellow color that instantly brightens any interior. 

After it has been treated, pinewood is quite easy to dye if desired. Many woodworkers, on the other hand, merely seal the wood and apply a transparent finish.

Cherry 

Cherry is a significantly more challenging timber to deal with. It is, nevertheless, a softer hardwood. It has a slightly warmer crimson tone that works well with lighter interiors.

Redwood

Redwood is also extremely resistant to dampness, which makes it an excellent choice for outdoor furniture. It is pretty soft compared to other types of wood, so it’s easy to work with. It is slightly reddish in color. 

While redwood may be stained and painted, the color is so appealing that many woodworkers employ a water repellant with mildewcide if you plan to use it to make outdoor furniture.

Cedar

Cedar is another easy-to-work-with softwood. It has become very popular thanks to its warm, red hues and enticing perfume. Additionally, it is extremely resistant to the elements. As a result, it is a fantastic choice for outdoor furniture. Moths are naturally repelled by the wood.

Maple

Maple can also be easy to work with, as long as you choose the softer and not the harder variety. If you’re just starting your woodworking journey, you definitely want to avoid the harder variety until you get used to it. Because of its durable and stable nature, maple is often used to make furniture pieces.

Best Glue for DIY Wood Projects

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When choosing the best glue for wood projects, we have to keep in mind the following aspects:

  • Adhesive strength is important because not all products are created alike. PVA glue is good for priming and CA glue can hold your pieces together until the PVA glue dries.
  • Dry time differs from one glue type to another. Polyurethane cures take a few hours to dry, while PVA glue takes about 24 hours to cure.
  • Viscosity determines what the glue will be good for. Since CA glue is thin, it’s great for making small repairs. The thick and runny nature of PVA glue makes it better for joint assemblies. 
  • Color is important in certain situations. Some glues will not sand well, while others have colors that match the wood or stain in question.

That being said, some of the best glues for wood projects include:

  • Polyurethane is great for applications such as wood floor finishes. Franklin 2303 Titebond Polyurethane Glue is a great choice.
  • Cyanoacrylate (CA for short) is good for making temporary bonds, especially at room temperature. Starbond EM-02 is worth considering if you need CA glue. 
  • PVA (Polyvinyl Acetate) glue is very versatile and can be used for anything from wood bonds to outdoor applications. Gorilla 6206005 is one of the best out there. 

What Are Common Wood Joints?

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Miter joint

A miter joint is the joining of two parts that have been cut at an angle, at a corner. As is customary for pictures and painting frames, the ends of the two wood pieces are cut at a 45-degree angle and nailed together to make the frame’s corner. Angles, on the other hand, can and do fluctuate.

In principle, a miter joint is similar to a butt joint that has been bisected. If you examine a picture frame that incorporates one, you will notice a miter junction at each corner. The joint comes to a point.

Rabbet joint

A rabbet is a channel or a lip that is cut from the workpiece’s edge. A typical rabbet joint is characterized by the end grain of a second piece being set into the rabbet of the first. These joints are most commonly used to recess cabinet backs.

Butt joint

A butt joint is the simplest to construct, needing little shaping beyond the cuts necessary to measure the workpiece. However, as with any connection, the surfaces to be connected must fit snugly together.

Finger joint

Often used as drawer joinery, this particular joint type uses rectangular fingers which are cut into the end grain of drawer ends and sides. These joints need 90-degree cuts which you can make by hand or by using a router.

Dovetail joint

The dovetail joint is one of the strongest wood couplings available, but it poses a high level of difficulty, requiring meticulous arrangement and a significant amount of cutting and fitting work. Dovetails have historically been used to join drawer ends and sides, as well as a variety of other types of casework furniture.

Tongue-and-groove joint

To produce a bigger panel, tongue and groove joinery connects two wood pieces at the edges. One side utilizes a slot that runs the length of the wood, while the other side utilizes an extension to fit into that space. This combination results in a strong and clean joint that is ideal for use with tables, panels, and other surfaces that are flat.

Mortise-and-tenon joint

The mortise is the slot/hole used to insert a projecting tenon. These joints are most frequently rectilinear in shape, however round tenons and corresponding mortises are also found. 

Although mortise-and-tenon joints are more difficult to form than other, simpler joints (both components require extensive shaping), the outcome is significantly stronger.

Basic Tools for Woodworking Projects

Numerous new woodworkers are daunted by the dizzying array of tools currently available for purchase. You can easily accumulate thousands of dollars’ worth of high-end woodworking tools in your shop. 

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However, the majority of tools for beginning woodworkers do not have to be elaborate or expensive. Beginners’ woodworking equipment should begin with the fundamentals in order to develop the sense of simplicity that is at the heart of great work.

Circular saw

If there is one power-activated saw that every beginner’s toolbox should contain, it is a circular saw. There are an infinite number of brands available, but they all share one characteristic. 

That is a round or round blade with sharp teeth that rips into wood. Although circular saws come in a variety of power levels, they are all-electric. The majority are corded equipment that run on household power, however cordless circular saws have made significant advancements.

Circular saws, according to some, are better suited to crude carpentry than to fine woodworking. That is not true. Circular saws cut straight, crisp lines. A great deal is dependent on the blade you use.

Jigsaw

A good jigsaw is essential for any starting woodworker. They are sometimes referred to as saber saws because of the reciprocating blade that resembles a saber. Powered by electricity, these tools are designed to create precise cuts in straight, curved, or serpentine directions.

Compound miter saw

Compound miter saws are an advancement over conventional circular saws. They continue to use circular saw blades for rip, crosscut, and combination cuts. They are, however, mounted on an arm or a track, similar to the radial arm saws they have nearly supplanted. 

The most common blade diameters measure 10 and 12 inches, however compound miter saws may accommodate blades as small as 7 and a half inches. Always use a high-quality crosscut saw blade when using a miter saw.

Table saw

Early on in their careers, the majority of beginning woodworkers invest in a table saw. Table saws are capable of cutting in ways that other saw types are incapable of. They are constructed similarly to inverted circular saws, with the blade exposed from beneath the saw table or work area. Precision adjustment of blade angle and depth is simple.

Orbital sander

If you just purchase one electric tool for wood finishing, make it an orbital sander. These high-speed machines eliminate any strain associated with manual sanding and accomplish the job much more quickly. Orbital sanders are not interchangeable with inline instruments such as belt sanders. They employ circular or orbital sandpaper pads.

Ordinary orbital sanders spin a circular disk of abrasive sandpaper in a circle. While they remove material quickly, they often leave difficult-to-remove swirl imprints. 

The best purchase is a random orbital sander. They are inert. Rather than that, they vibrate randomly, leaving the wood smooth and devoid of marks.

The density of Wood Matters for Projects

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The density of wood refers solely to the solid substance of the wood, not to the air and water contained inside the wood structure. The density of wood, or its specific gravity, is expressed in kilograms per cubic meter and varies amongst wood species.

You can already predict how a type of wood will behave in your woodworking project based on its density. This is a critical characteristic for furniture construction. There are two primary mechanical qualities that are significant: stiffness and strength.

Increased density results in an increase in the hardness, strength, and stiffness of sawn timber, according to research.

Because the primary function of furniture is to sustain a weight, it is critical to select the appropriate wood that possesses the necessary stiffness and strength to execute this function, whether it is supporting a person or a big load of books.

Types of Engineered Wood

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  • Laminated veneer lumber – LVL is made of compressed wood veneers, plus glues and resins. It is used in framing. Although LVL is extremely robust, it only has one strength axis due to the stacking of veneers with the grain running in the same direction. This means that LVL can only be loaded in a single direction.
  • Laminated strand lumber – LSL is highly dense and contains 95 percent wood fiber and five percent resin. LSL is made using small wooden strips that are placed in an angled pattern.
  • Oriented strand board – This engineered wood type is made using flakes and wood strands that are combined with adhesives. They are later compressed and made to look like large mats, making them great for flooring applications.
  • Plywood– offer a number of advantages to builders, as they are created by bonding wood fiber sheets and resin to create a composite material with dimensional stability and constant strength in all directions.
  • MDF – is created by pulverizing softwood and hardwood pieces into fibers, which are then mixed with resin binders and wax, and molded into panels using extreme heat and pressure.
  • Composite board – This is a type of engineered wood that contains both plastic and wood fibers and has been extruded and heated. It is simple to install, economical, and ideal for incorporating into sustainable design, as it can be created from recycled materials and requires fewer trees to produce.
  • Cross-laminated timber – This wood panel product is created by gluing layers of solid sawn lumber together. It is reinforced by laying each board perpendicular to the previous one and gluing the wide faces of each board together. Due to the fact that it is constructed of numerous layers of wood, it can act as an excellent insulator.

Types of Wood Finishes

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Wood dyes

A wood dye is made up of two components: a solvent and a dye.  Consequently, we can create a colored solution by adding various colors to a solvent such as water or alcohol. Wood dyeing is similar to the process we use to color fabric and other materials.

Wood stains

A wood stain is created by dispersing big, insoluble particles in solvents such as oils or water. The wood stain brings out the natural color of the wood. Additionally, it aids in blending the surface color into a continuous shade when color discrepancies exist.

Varnish

Varnish is great for finishing wood because it is strong and durable. Varnish comes in a variety of sheens, from translucent to satin to glossy. Although varnish is based on oil, it also contains synthetic resins such as alkyd or urethane.

Wax

Generally, we think of wax as a transient finish. We utilize wax to provide a protective coating on top of an existing finish. For instance, those of you that have a varnished wooden floor which is dried and cured, can freely apply wax to it. 

Wood preserver

While this does not enhance the beauty of the wood, it does provide protection. Additionally, wood preservers are available in a variety of hues and finishes.

People use wood preservers to protect the timber from termites. Additionally, you can purchase various types of wood preservers for interior and exterior use.

46 DIY Wooden Project Ideas For Weekend

That being said, let’s check out some awesome DIY wood projects and see what inspires us.

1. DIY Outdoor Wooden Accent Table

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Making an accent table for an outdoor patio or deck is super easy if you go with the idea shared on bybrittanygoldwyn. Here you can see concrete pavers being repurposed and used as a top for the table.

You can use a single paver if you want to make a small side table or you can include several if you’re making a coffee table or something bigger. This idea can actually also work if you’re refreshing an old existing table since you can just put a new top on it and call it a day.

2. Pallet Wooden Planter

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Pallet wood is a really great resource for lots of different DIY projects, like this scalloped planter for example. The overall shape makes it a bit more interesting than just a regular rectangular planter and is a small detail that you too might like to embrace.

A single wood planter would be enough to make something like this. You can find all the details regarding this project in the tutorial from charlestoncrafted.

3. Welcome sign project

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The welcome sign featured on cappersfarmer would look wonderful out in the yard or by the front door and the best part about it is that you can customize it however you like. Making it is pretty easy. All you need is some wood boards, glue, paint and a few other supplies.

If you like the fall-inspired design shown here focus on colors like orange mixed with a bit of green, maybe some red and yellow too. The mason jar is a nice little detail. Use it as a vase and fill it with seasonal plants and flowers.

4. Reclaimed Wood Tiki Bar Project

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That’s right, you can have a tiki bar in your own backyard and you can make the whole thing yourself from scratch. It can all be made out of wood and you can adjust the shape and dimensions based on how space is available and your own needs and preferences.

The entire process is explained in detail in a tutorial which you can find on brooklynlimestone so be sure to check it out before you get started.

5. Outdoor bar with storage

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Speaking of outdoor bars, wouldn’t something like this fit nicely in your backyard? As you can see, the design is simple but well thought through. It has a nice top that you can use as a work surface and there’s plenty of storage space underneath for things like bottles, glasses and various other supplies and accessories.

There’s also a smaller modules off to the side which you can turn into an ice cooler. What more could you ask for? Check out the tutorial for this bar on nickandalicia.

6. Stock tank pool with wooden frame

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Maybe there’s not enough space in the backyard for a big swimming pool or maybe it would be too expensive to have one built. However, building a stock tank pool shouldn’t be an issue.

It’s small enough to fit anywhere and it’s easy and cheap to make. If you’d like to go the extra mile you can also build a nice wooden frame around it which can be used as a bench in addition to making the pool look nicer. Head over to heywandererblog for more details and information.

7. Tall wooden planter

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It’s nice to frame the front door with a few decorations like a tall planter for example. It makes the front porch and the entryway look a lot more welcoming and beautiful.

A wooden planter like the one featured on cherishedbliss is quite easy to plan and to build. As you can see, this one has a rather simple design. The rope decorations on the front add a bit of interesting without standing out too much.

8. Solar light with wood base

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Solar lights in general are perfect for pathways, backyards, gardens and other outdoor areas. This one has been integrated into a wooden post which gives it a bit more structure and turns it into a more prominent decoration for the area around it.

You can built several of these and space them out along the pathway leading up to your front door. All the details you’re going to need can be found in the tutorial from build-basic.

9. Wooden Pallet Chair

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If you want you can use wooden pallets to make an entire furniture set for your outdoor deck or patio. For instance, the set featured on funkyjunkinteriors is made up of a couple of benches, a multifunctional table and a little side table/ foot stool.

They’re all made out of boards taken from reclaimed pallets. Add your own touch to their design and decorate them with comfy pillow seats to create a welcoming and cozy sitting area. There’s plenty of room for creativity when it comes to projects like this one. Also, you can add more seats or other pieces of furniture based on your needs.

10. Wooden Cutting Board

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Making a cutting board is one of the easiest things ever. You need a hardwood board, something to cut it with, sandpaper, a paint brush and some sort of food-safe finish. With these supplies you can make a beautiful wood cheese board or just a regular, everyday cutting board in no time.

11. Wood Stair Handrail

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At one point when you become pretty confident in your woodworking skills you can start doing not just small accessories but also small home improvement projects. For example, you might need a new stair handrail. You can craft something simple and practical out of wood and pipes.

12. Wood Log Side Table With Hairpin Legs

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It’s also entirely possible to be able to make your own furniture. You could start with something simple like a wood slab side table. Just take a wood slice and three hairpin legs and secure them together.

13. Wood Slice Cake Stand

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Small DIY wood projects like a rustic cake stand can change the look and ambiance in your home too.  This could be your new centerpiece or you can offer thins to someone as a gift. Either way, it’s a lovely and also very easy project which we think you’ll enjoy.

14. Wooden Dresser made from scratch

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Furniture makeover can be super fun so imagine how awesome building a piece of furniture from scratch must be. Perhaps you can find inspiration in this DIY rainbow wooden dresser. It definitely looks like a complex project but once you see all the details you’ll probably why you haven’t done this earlier.

15. Wood Wall Art

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Not everything you do has to serve a practical purpose. Some things are just nice to look at, like this DIY plywood art piece which can look gorgeous when you’ll display it in your own home, perhaps above the entryway console table or in your dining room.

16. Modern Wood Mountain Art

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If you’re into DIY wood projects you probably have a nice pile of leftover wood pieces which you keep just in case you’ll need the supplies for future crafts. Maybe it’s about time you did something with some of those scraps. Perhaps this scrap wood modern mountain art project can inspire you.

17. Wood Christmas Tree

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Since Christmas is on its way, we thought we’d squeeze in this little wood Christmas tree project which you can also make using leftover pieces. You don’t even to stain or paint the wood. The light, natural color gives it a chic and modern look.

18. Slice Wood Serving Tray

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Serving trays are pretty nice because they’re not just practical but also decorative. A wood slab serving tray like this one can complete the Thanksgiving table setup in a really beautiful way. It’s also a very simple DIY project which anyone can accomplish without any problems.

19. Wooden Themed Signs

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Speaking of Thanksgiving crafts, check out this cute Goggle Goggle wood sign. It’s another one of those original projects which you can do with leftover pieces and with very little effort. You need two wood boards, white paint, wood stain, transfer paper and a template, acrylic paint, a paintbrush, sandpaper, tape and a few screws.

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Love is in the air and this shabby chic wood heart sign perfectly captures the mood. If you like it, you can make your own sign, either from scratch or using an unfinished wood heart which you then decorate with colored paint and scrapbook paper.

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How about a cute sign to hang in your craft room? Perhaps you could repurpose some of your old paintbrushes and turn them into decorations. You can either use a pre-made sign or you can craft the sign from scratch. We prefer the second option because it’s more customizable. Feel free to make your wooden create sign as original as possible.

20. Wooden tray

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Building a tray, as we may have mentioned before, is easy. You just need a piece of wood or plywood for the base and four thin pieces for the edges of the tray. Add handles or knobs and stain or paint your wooden tray to give it a custom look.

21. Wood slice wreath

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A wood slice wreath is a perfect DIY project for fall. What’s nice is that you can keep the design simple and it will still look charming and have a lot of character. Create the wreath form using round wood cuts with bark edges and wood glue. Decorate the wreath with burlap, fabric flowers and other ornaments.

22. Wood pumpkins

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Tired of picking new pumpkins every autumn? Maybe you’d prefer to craft some out of wood so you can reuse them every year. These rustic wooden pumpkins are super easy to make and they offer a playful perspective on what autumn is all about.

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These DIY square pumpkins are pretty easy and fun to make too. You can even paint these pumpkins in all sorts of fun patterns. All you need is orange paint and some painter’s tape or stickers. Use green rope or pipe cleaners to make the leaves.

23. A wood pumpkin basket

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Another cute thing you can make in the shape of a pumpkin is a basket. You can use it to store and display all sorts of things, including potted plants or herbs. Building a wood pumpkin basket it actually fairly easy, especially if you use an unfinished box or a planter as a base.

24. Wall clock

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Yes, we know wall clocks are pretty outdated but we still think they make nice decorations. To make it more meaningful you could craft a modern wood wall clock yourself. Start with a wood circle (perhaps you could repurpose a cutting board).

Stain, paint or decorate it however you want and drill a hole at the center so you can add the clock mechanism. This would have to come from an actual clock, perhaps an old one which you no longer like.

25. Wood Faux Storage

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Even though magazine files are pretty cheap and easy to come by, they’re not necessarily as sturdy or as simple as you’d want them to be and if you’d craft them yourself out of plywood you’d actually save some money too.

Make your own wooden magazine files in exactly the shape and size you want. From a single sheet of plywood you can make 18 files which is pretty cool.

26. Wood Picture frames

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Display your favorite pictures on a wall and make your own frames from scratch. You could for example make some rustic scrap wood picture frames without spending any money (assuming you have some leftover supplies from previous projects).

You can either keep things super simple and just display the picture onto the wood or add an extra layer of backing paper.

27. Wooden display shelf

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Shelves are incredibly versatile and really great because you can add them to a space even after after you’ve pretty much completed the interior design or renovation. They’re great accessories and they’re also surprisingly easy to craft. It gets even easier if instead of building a wooden display shelf from scratch you choose to repurpose a crate or a box.

28. Picture holder

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This wooden picture holder is a nice accessory for a desk or a shelf and to make it you only need a few simple things such as a wooden plank piece, a saw, some sandpaper, tape and a bit of paint. Obviously, you can personalize this accessory however you want so be creative.

29. LiVE Edge Mirror frame

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You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a fancy mirror, especially if you want something very simple. A much more affordable option would be a DIY wood framed mirror. Perhaps you already have a mirror in need of a makeover. You could glue it onto a shabby-chic frame made out of wood which you could put together yourself.

30. Hanging Planter

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A wooden hanging planter like this one can solve a lot of problems. For example, you could hang it in the kitchen, in front of the window and you could grow fresh herbs in it. No counter space would be needed, no shelf, just a ceiling hook and some rope or cord.

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If you want a larger planter, you could build a custom one from scratch. Consider pallet wood. It’s practically free and super versatile. Use some to make a wood pallet hanging planter which you can display both indoor and outdoor.

31. Table top geometric wood planters

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What about small planters, the kind you keep on your desk or table? Those can look super cute and you can make some for your tiny succulents or air plants.

These colorful geometric planters are made out of wooden blocks. Use a drill to shape them and a drill to make holes for the plants. The acrylic paints are great for customization.

32. x shapped wood Magazine holder

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A wooden magazine holder can really bring a space together. You could build one for your cozy reading corner or you could add one to the living room, by the sofa. It’s easy to build and it looks pretty chic too.

All you need for this project is two rectangular wooden planks of equal dimensions, a ruler and a wood saw. Some sandpaper might be needed too.

33. Decorative candelabra

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A candelabra is a stylish and beautiful accessory and a lovely decoration. It’s not as versatile as votive candles but the differences actually make it stand out and look more refined.

Even something very simple like a DIY wood candelabra can look awesome. This particular one is actually pretty easy to make too, which is a great plus.

34. Standing Wood Coat Rack

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An entryway is not complete without a coat rack but why should it cost a small fortune when there are plenty of affordable options, including some great DIY project ideas. Speaking of which, check out how easy and fun it is to build this DIY wood coat rack. You only need four wood boards, glue and some hooks.

35. Desk lamp

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Lamps are a bit trickier than a lot of other home accessories because they have to actually be functional, not just to look good. That can discourage a lot of people and we’re talking specifically about DIY lamps. However, if you keep things simple, there no reason why you shouldn’t be successful. A great project to start with could be a wooden block desk lamp like this one.

36. Pallet Coffee table

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Building outdoor furniture is pretty fun and easy, mostly because the requirements are small in terms of looks. There are plenty of awesome woodworking projects which can inspire you in this sense. For example, a pallet coffee table on wheels could be an awesome addition to a patio or garden.

37. Pallet bench

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Complement that lovely handmade coffee table with a colorful pallet bench. It’s super easy to build and you can really make it pop by painting each board a different color. It’s a cute way to accessorize a garden or back yard and to turn it into a cozy entertainment area.

38. Standing desk made from pipes

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Finding the right desk with the right dimensions and features can be pretty difficult but luckily you can skip the whole process and just build the desk yourself. Here’s an idea: make a standing desk. You could make the frame out of pipes and the top out of wood.

39. How To Stain wood 

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As you can see there are a lot of great DIY woodworking projects which you can attempt even as a beginner. A lot of them involve wood stain and it’s important to know the basics in order to get good results so check out our tutorial on how to stain wood to find out a few helpful tips.

40. Cleaning and polishing wood

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Building your own awesome furniture and wood accessories is the first step. The second one is to make sure they last and look great for years to come and in order to do that you need to know how to clean and polish wood. It’s mostly just a matter of using the right products. Check out our tutorial for more details.

41. Patio tables

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Spending money on a fancy table that you get to keep outside on the patio doesn’t really sound appealing or practical, especially when there are better and more convenient options out there.

One would be to build a table yourself. You can even make several of them and use them as a group or mix and match them based on your needs. The ones featured on creativeinchicago would be perfect for this purpose.

42. Potting bench

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A potting bench is a really thing to have if you enjoy spending time outside in the yard or in the garden tending to your flowers, herbs or veggies. The bench can include a little sink, a counter space and a shelf at the bottom that you can use for storage to keep a few extra pots, some gardening tools and so on. You can even include a backdrop that you can hang stuff on. Check out thehandymansdaughter to see how you can build this bench yourself.

43. Pallet side table

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As you probably know, pallet wood is a magnificent resource for all sorts of DIY wood projects. Wooden pallets are inexpensive and you can even get them for free.

Take them apart and use the boards to build something new, like a side table that you can put in your bedroom, in the living room or next to your desk so you can have a bit of extra storage for a few books, some decorations and so on. Building one is easy and you can find a tutorial for that on makingmanzanita.

44. Entryway Outdoor wooden steps

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It’s not just furniture and decorations that can be made out of wood but also some more basic things like some patio steps for example. This may not seem like the type of project you should do yourself but when you think about there’s nothing really complicated about stairs or steps in general.

Just check out these ones from themerrythought. They look so nice and they really fit the space around them. They’re made of reclaimed lumber and they’re a little bit wider than the door so you can also put a few small planters on them.

45. Rolling planter

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If you can’t decide on a permanent spot for your plants, perhaps it would be better to be able to move them around them. A rolling planter box lets you easily do that and is perfect for both outdoor and indoor areas.

You can make one yourself if you have some wood and you can customize it so it fits in a particular spot or so it matches the surroundings. In any case, the design featured on kleinworthco should be a great starting point.

46. Tall Wooden planter

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It looks really nice when you display plants on either side of the front door, on the patio or in the corner of a room. Tall planters are great because they let you elevate a small plant and bring it to eye level, making it look more imposing.

This one is simple and made out of wood. It’s a tall and narrow box with a little bit of rope as a decorative detail. Check out cherishedbliss to see how it was made.

47. Cold frame garden beds

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In case you didn’t know, cold frames are designed to keep plants nice and cozy and to extend the growing season, protecting them from sudden drops of temperature in spring and autumn. The lids are also great for keeping insects and wildlife at bay.

You can build cold frame garden beds yourself out of wood and a few other things and it would be a fairly simple and very satisfying project. There’s a detailed tutorial on danslelakehouse which explains everything about it.

48. Accent wood project by paneling wall

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Another use of wood in interior design is accent walls. You can use reclaimed wood or regular boards to cover up a wall or a portion of it as a way to add texture or color to a room.

It’s a great way to make space feel more warm and welcoming. Also, the wood can be stained or painted which allows for customization. Check out aspensummit for more details.

49. Weekend Wood Project – Build A Bed Frame

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Although they seem quite complicated, bed frames are pretty simple and straight-forward, especially if there’s no built-in storage or extra features involved.

That means you could potentially build one yourself out of some wood and with the help of some screws and glue. Here’s a super simple design idea from ilovetocreateblog that you could try. It can be adapted to other sizes if necessary and you can stain or paint the wood in whatever color you prefer.

50. Hexagon wood wreath

DIY Hexagon wood wreath projectView in gallery

Wreaths are usually circular which could pose some challenges if you were to make one out of wood. However, there are ways around that. For instance, you could go with a hexagon shape instead. Cut six pieces of wood and be careful so they fit together nicely. Stain them, glue them together and then proceed to decorate your wooden wreath with flowers, bunting, bows and whatever else you can find around the house. For more tips and details head over to cherishedbliss.

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Woodworking Myths

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You need a lot of free space to start woodworking.

This assertion and assumption are extremely broad and sweeping. If you intend to establish a huge operation cabinet business, then certainly, you will require a sizable shop. However, for the average hobbyist, a large room is not necessary as long as you make the most of what you have. 

DIY products are cheaper than store-bought products.

This is frequently a mistake. A DIY woodworking project isn’t just the cost of the materials needed to see it through. It’s also about the invaluable time and effort you put into a project and the cost of the tools needed for the project. 

Sometimes, if you do all the math, it could be more profitable to purchase a nightstand rather than making one by yourself.

The best wood is in big box stores.

While big box stores are often the handiest source of wood, they are not the best choice. If you’ve ever combed through a stack of lumber in a store, you’ll immediately discover that it takes a long time to select somewhat straight pieces of wood for your woodworking project.

Oil-based stains are better.

This is more likely to fall under the heading of personal opinions than myths. Both oil and water-based stains will perform very well and, like anything else, each has its own set of advantages. However, making a general assumption that oil stains are always preferable to water stains is not realistic.

Dust is not a problem if you woodwork as a hobby.

This is a pernicious urban legend. Has cutting wood for a project ever led to your nose itching or you couldn’t stop sneezing later in the day? This is a sign of a temporary effect of dust exposure. Prolonged exposure to sawdust has been linked to a variety of nasal and lung malignancies. 

FAQ

Is Woodworking Profitable?

Woodworking is profitable—it has the potential to be. Numerous individuals and organizations rely on it for their livelihood. However, getting into it is not easy, and you will have more success if you begin as a pastime.

For many people, the greatest obstacle to benefiting from woodworking is the entry barrier. Nonetheless, woodworking as a pastime might be economical, depending on the project.

It is highly improbable that you will sell furniture during your first week of woodworking. Consider it as a hobby that has the potential to evolve into a business because you might end up frustrated if money is your goal right from the get-go. The majority of people begin rusty but eventually develop into it.