Looking for some woodworking projects that are perfect for beginners and more advanced DIYers alike? Look no further! Today, I’m rounding up 20 different woodworking crafts and projects that anyone can do. These easy woodworking projects come with free woodworking plans and tutorials, and many can be built with scrap wood!
You don’t need fancy tools, a big workshop with a workbench, or a lot of know-how for any of these. In fact, most of them can be done with just a few simple tools. No experience required, I promise! In fact, for many of these projects you’ll just need a saw, a drill, and some nails or screws!
20 easy Beginner woodworking project ideas
I’ve broken the project ideas down by category. So, whether you’re looking to build some furniture, add an accent wall, create some home decor, or build something to sell, you’ll be able to find an option.
Wondering what type of wood you should use? For beginners, I think pine boards are a great option. It’s an easy-to-use, durable wood that works for a variety of projects. High end wood is great and looks beautiful, but it’s more expensive if you make a mistake! Start with the more affordable stuff and work your way up when you’re ready.
beginner furniture projects
Furniture building hasn’t been a thing I’ve played with too much yet. But, it always feels so good to put an entire piece of furniture together with your own two hands! Here are a few beginner-friendly furniture building projects. Click through to any of these for the full tutorial.
Home upgrades & accent walls
This is definitely the category where I’ve gotten the most practice! Here are a few of my favorite, super simple, DIY beginner woodworking projects for around your home.
These floating shelves in our living room are one of the things I’m asked about most! I built and installed these on my own, and I promise they’re a beginner-friendly project. If you don’t have a table saw, just forget the mitered edges. You can butt the ends of the wood up together instead, and they’ll still be beautiful.
Another classic wall treatment that is so, so easy! I’ve done this a ton of times and every time I fall a little more in love with it.
other beginner woodworking projects
Here are a few other general projects that don’t necessarily fit into any specific category. Things like art, home accents, and more. These are a GREAT place to get started, as they’re often smaller and easier than anything else. They’d make a great wedding gift, or the perfect thing to make in November or December as Christmas gifts. Or, you know, gifts for any occasion!
Beginner power tools
Wondering what you might need to get started?
I’ve got you covered! This post has a roundup of all of my favorite woodworking tools for beginners. It’s also got details on each and why I recommend them. And, to help you out even more, I’ve got a whole set of tutorials on how to use ’em!
- How to use a miter saw (a miter box is a great alternative, too!)
- How to use a drill + driver
- Jigsaw tutorial
- How to use a nail gun
- How to use a Kreg Jig
- How to use a circular saw
What are some other types of projects that would be great for beginners? Here’s a quick list, along with links to some great tutorials to get you started.
- Picture frames
- A wine rack
- Homemade tray
- A wooden bottle opener
- Wooden coasters
- Wooden toys
- You can also make lots of things with wooden pallets. Here are some pallet wood ideas!
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