11 Simple Woodworking Projects for Beginners

Are you a beginner in woodworking? See below the 11 simple wood working projects for beginners. You can start today without owning a full workshop or having any wood working expertise, but only a few tools as well as some old-fashioned elbow grease.

1. Wooden Chopping Board and Serving Tray:

Cut, slice and serve in style with this simple, eye-catching board. You’ll discover an easy way to dry-fit the parts, scribe the arc and glue the whole part together. We made use of a 4-ft. steel ruler to scribe the arcs.

You can also use a yardstick. But ensure you use a water-resistant wood glue and keep the board out of the dish washer or it could fall apart. And one other step: Keep the boards as even as possible, during glue-up to reduce sanding later.

2. Build a Shoe Organizer:

Keep your shoes off the ground using a clean, all-natural wood racks. This easy storage equipment takes care of everything from winter boots to summer slippers, without leaving any mud build-up or marks on the wall. You can easily construct a shoe organizer. Find the complete step-by-step how-to instructions here.

For wet boots and shoes, we recommend this beautiful, simple-to-make tray.

3. How To Build a Wooden Bench for Less:

Are looking for a fast outdoor seating? This plain bench, based on author and ecologist Aldo Leopold’s classic design, can be made in a couple of hours, even if you are new to woodworking. All it requires is two boards together with a 18 screws, for a cost less than $25.

4. Small Wooden Bench:

Small Wooden Bench

Give your back a break with this handy, easy-to-build seat/step stool/tool box/work surface. It’ll take a few hours to construct and you’ll find many of use for it. Take a look at the directions here. If you’re searching for a little bench/step stool that’s a small cuter than this one, here’s one that you should consider.

5. How to Build Magazine Storage Containers:

How to Make Magazine Storage Containers

Need a good way to archive magazines? To build these easy wood storage containers, you need 4 bins from one 2 x 4-ft. sheet of 1/4-in. plywood with two 6-ft.-long 1x4s. And cutting the wood is quite easy using a jigsaw or band saw.

6. Build a Simple Coat Rack and Hat Rack Woodwork:

Start by removing entryway clutter with a simple coat and hat rack. This can be built in an hour or so from a 6 ft. 1×4 and coat hooks. Simply cut the boards to fit your space, paint them, fit the rack with different types of hooks and then screw it to the wall. Take a look at a detailed how-to instructions here.

You can find different styles, colors and prices at any hardware shops and online retailers.

7. Thyme Saver:

Thyme Saver

If your spices are not properly placed, it can be difficult to get the ones you want. This cool rack that slips perfectly into the drawer will fix the problem. And it only takes an hour to construct. Build it with scraps of 1/4-in. and 1/2-in. plywood. Or build a two-tier drawer spice rack.

8. Rustic Shelf:

Rustic Shelf

Bring a touch of nature indoors using this easy branch-supported shelf. You’ll need two forked branches around 1 in. in diameter, with one straight side that will sit flush to the wall. Get all the step-by-step guidelines for building this shelf here. You’ll find lots of hints and tips on hanging shelves.

9. Simple Step Stool:

This will be a great gift for the family. The joint parts can be built in seconds with a biscuit joiner! Like to know more about how a biscuit joiner before starting this project? Watch this video that explains how to make a rigid, fast and accurate joints using this useful tool.

10. Sliding Bookend:

Sliding Bookend

To make a customized shelf-dwelling books or DVD mini rack, chop 3/4-in.-thick hard wood pieces into 6-in. x 6-in. squares. Get a band saw or jigsaw to cut a slot along one edge (with the grain) that’s a smidgen wider than the shelf thickness. End the notch 3/4 in. from the other edge. Complete the bookend and slide it on the shelf.

11. Petite Shelves:

Petite Shelves

Convert a single 3-ft.-long, 1×12 hard wood board, into a beautiful little shelves to organize a desk top or counter. Cut-off a 21-in.-long board for the shelves, rip it in the center to get two shelves, and also cut 45-degree bevels on the 2 long front edges with a router or table saw.

Bevel the edges of the second board, cut dadoes, this grooves cut into the wood with a router or a table saw with a dado blade, cross-wise (slice a dado on scrap and test-fit the shelves first !) and then cut it into 4 narrower boards, two at 1-3/8 in. wide and two at 4 in. Finish, then assemble with brass screws and surface washers.

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