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 of these beginner woodworking projects, and we guarantee you'll be itching to take on another.

  1. Point the Way

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - Arrows

    This fantastic set of arrows make simple wood projects that require little more than some 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

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - Cutting Boards

    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 for these available here, or try taking it up a notch and cut each a chimney using this how-to.


  3. Exhibit Art

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - Frames

    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, and its tutorial includes instructions for DIYers with or without a miter saw.


  4. Craft with Crates

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - Coffee Tables

    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 create handy shelves. Finish with a little stain, and this table is ready to roll.


  5. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - Dog Beds

    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

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - Picket Frames

    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 fencing to make these simple woodworking projects: picket-inspired picture frames. Finish them off by hot-gluing clothespins or bulldog clips to hang your prints. Here’s a step-by-step guide.


  7. Build a Nest

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - Birdhouses

    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. Find Time to Regroup (Bottles, That Is)

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - Bottle Carriers

    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

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - Step Ladder

    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. Feed Fido

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - DIY 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. Have a Bright Idea

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - DIY Wood Lamp Base

    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. Craft a Convenient Side Table

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - DIY Wood Sofa Sleeve

    A sofa sleeve will keep your cup of coffee close while you cozy up on your couch, as well as 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. Wipe Your Feet on a Wooden Doormat

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - DIY Wooden Doormat

    A wooden doormat makes a warm welcome, plus it offers the perfect spot 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. Fake Old Age

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - DIY Vintage Crate

    Love the look of vintage crates, but having trouble finding ones that fit your needs and budget? Then, make your own! There’s nothing intimidating about these beginner woodworking projects. So, grab some salvaged wood and start cutting.

    Related: 8 New Ways to Use Old Wooden Crates


  15. Reshape a Pile of Pallets

    Beginner Woodworking Projects - DIY Patio Table

    Pallets are a great resource for the beginning woodworker. The versatile shipping staple can be mounted and modified in countless ways to create many easy woodworking projects with an rustic flair. 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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