15 Surprisingly Simple Woodworking Projects for Beginners

Woodworking doesn’t have to be daunting! Most of these fun, novice-friendly projects use scrap lumber and require just basic tools and some simple instructions. Tackle one, and we guarantee you'll be itching to take on another.

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  1. Point the Way


    This fantastic and simple wooden arrow project is easy to accomplish with a little craft wood, a miter saw, and a right angle. Stain the pieces or paint them to match your decor. Get pointed in the right direction with this tutorial.


  2. Make the Cut


    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 available here.


  3. Exhibit Art


    Buying frames for artwork can really add up. Making your own frame from $5 pine board is a great, inexpensive alternative. This wooden frame comes together with wood glue and convenient wood joiners. This tutorial includes instructions for DIYers with or without a miter saw.


  4. Upcycle Crates


    This incredible crate table couldn’t be easier. Screw casters to a sheet of plywood to form the base of your table, and then secure the crates to the top, making sure to face them outward to serve as handy shelves. Finish with a little stain, and this table is ready to roll.


  5. Construct a Pet Bed


    Make your foray into furniture building by creating a new spot for the family pet. This project calls for furring strips and pine board, and the wood is fastened together using a joining jig, wood glue, and a nail gun to simplify the process. Find the full how-to with measurements here.


  6. Repurpose a Few Pickets


    Working with reclaimed wood is a savvy use of resources, and the material's country appeal is undeniable. With just a saw and a small drill, you can reuse old wood to make this picket fence picture frame. Finish it off by hot-gluing clothespins or bulldog clips to hang your prints. Here’s a step-by-step guide.


  7. Build a Nest


    A birdhouse adds charm to your yard and is a great project for beginning woodworkers. You’ll need a saw, drill, pine board, plywood, PVC pipe, and a dowel rod. This little home is easy to nail together, making it a fantastic family-friendly project. Here’s a tutorial.


  8. Assemble a Bottle Carrier


    This wooden wine rack brings rustic charm to the drinks table. After sawing your pieces to size, stain them and allow them to dry overnight. Construction is super easy with a little good glue and a nail gun. Impressed by the bottle opener mounted on the side? It just takes a screw or two. A full tutorial is available here.


  9. Step It Up


    This two-step stool requires a bit more measuring and construction time but is still easy to cut and put together with a jigsaw, level, and wood screws. Amp up your project with a good stain or a little paint. Get your measurements here.


  10. Pet Feeding Station


    A DIY feeding station for your favorite canine can be put together in an hour, with a pine plank and pre-fabricated furniture legs. Customize it for your space and style with paint and your own special touches. Visit East Coast Creative for the full tutorial .

    Related: 5 Easy-to-Make Dog Beds


  11. Rustic Lamp


    A simple lamp kit, purchased at your local hardware big box, can turn any log or piece of reclaimed wood into a lamp, custom designed for your decor. This beauty was dipped in paint and sealed, before being drilled for the hardware and topped with a shade.

    Related: Bob Vila Academy - Turn Any Light Kit into a Custom Lamp


  12. Sofa Sleeve


    A sofa sleeve will keep your cup of coffee close while you cozy up on your couch, and protect your upholstery at the same time. This project’s simple construction creates a clean, sleek look that will compliment a contemporary style. A Beautiful Mess shows how it's done here.

    Related: 21 Coffee Bars to Put a Step in Your Home Design


  13. Wooden Doormat


    A wooden doormat makes a warm welcome, and is perfect for scraping mud and dirt off boots and shoes. While the bloggers at The Merry Thought used their chop saw and nail gun, this one is an easy beginner DIY project, and can completed with old-school hammer and nails, miter box, and some wood glue.

    Related: DIY Lite - Make a Wood-Slat Doormat for Almost No Money


  14. Vintage Crates


    Love the look of vintage crates, but having trouble finding one the size you need that also fits your budget? Then, make your own! There’s nothing intimidating about this project. So, grab some salvaged wood and start cutting.

    Related: 8 New Ways to Use Old Wooden Crates


  15. A Sophisticated Pallet


    Pallets are a great resource for the beginning woodworker. The versatile shipping staple can be mounted and modified in countless ways to create just about any upcycled look you like. The expansive wheeled coffee table shown here is just one smart option. For other ideas, check out 5 Things to Do With...Shipping Pallets.

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