There is nothing more satisfying than creating something beautiful out of a piece of wood. That’s why we believe that woodworking is one of the most brilliant hobbies you can have.
If you get really good at it, you can save a lot of money when it comes to things like decorating your home or giving gifts to loved ones.
We will be the first to admit that if you are new to woodworking, it is an intimidating hobby, but you can start off with small projects and work your way up until you feel confident enough to handle bigger jobs.
You will find many great tutorials online for beginners, and here are just a few woodworking projects for beginners to get you started.
1. Beer Caddy
If you like the odd beer every now and again, this is the perfect project for you. Even if you are not a drinker, you are more than likely to have a few friends or family members who have a taste for bottled beverages.
It is recommended that you use poplar wood to create this beer caddy because it’s lightweight, water resistant and easy to work with. It also stains well if you have a creative streak. The only problem with poplar is that it’s a bit on the pricey side, so if it’s out of your budget, you can use pine or any other wood that you prefer.
Click here for a detailed tutorial on how to make your own personal beer caddy.
2. Cute Earring Holder
Are you tired of loosing your earrings?
Or fed up with having to dig through your deep jewellery box to find your favorite pair of ear decorations?
Not to worry!
You can create the perfect earring holder to display on your dresser. Its small enough that it won’t take up too much space, but large enough to house all your favorite pieces.
Click here for a detailed guide on how to make your own personal earring holder.
3. Wooden Key Holder
When was the last time you lost your keys?
Probably yesterday right?
We all do it and that’s because most of us don’t have a secure location to put our keys when we get home. All too often they are left in a coat or trouser pocket or left on the table and the kids get hold of them.
You can never go wrong with a key holder, as long as you hang them up where they are supposed to go when you get in, you will never lose your keys again.
Click here for instructions on how to make your own key holder.
4. Candle Holder
There is nothing better than a romantic night in with your loved one. Perhaps you’ll have dinner, watch a movie, or work on a project together. Either way, candles burning in the background set a nice calming atmosphere. This is a really simple design and you will only need a few tools and materials to get started.
Here is a straightforward guide to making your own wooden candle holder.
5. Chopping Board
Chopping boards are essential in the kitchen, and especially a nice sturdy wooden one. Too often we put up with plastic or textured glass boards only to be disappointed when they break after a few uses.
Woodworking couldn’t get any easier than making a chopping board; after all, its only a square piece of wood. You don’t need any intricate designs or patterns. All you need is to cut up a few strips of wood, glue them together and sand it down. The type of wood you choose to use, and the size are up to you.
Here is a detailed tutorial on how you can make your own chopping board.
6. Serving Tray
Who doesn’t love breakfast in bed, or sitting in front of the TV to have your meal?
Well, with your own personal serving tray you can do so.
What’s great about this is that once you’ve put it all together, you can decorate it in anyway that you choose. You might even want to carve your initials into it to let the world know whose tray it is!
Click here to learn how to make your own serving tray.
7. Wooden Doormat
Doormats come in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials.
But you rarely see a wooden one.
The thing is that a wooden doormat is going to last you a lot longer than any other material and you can carve your own greeting message into it. On the majority of doormats the most you’ll ever see is “welcome” or “hello,” but the beauty of making your own is that you can get as creative as you like.
Here are some step by step instructions on how to make your own wooden doormat.
8. Wooden Bathtub Tray
The beauty of having a bath is that there is more to it than just getting the dirt off your body. You can:
- relax in the tub
- listen to music
- read a book
- have a glass of wine
- much more
But where are you going to hang all your extra bits and pieces?
The answer is on a wooden bathtub tray, it’s a cute addition to the décor in your bathroom and it makes an excellent companion for your relaxing bath time ritual.
Here are some step by step instructions on how to make your own bathtub tray.
9. Sofa Sleeve
Are you tired of spilling coffee, beer and other beverages on the couch?
Not to worry, there is a perfect solution to this annoying problem and that is a sofa sleeve.
This handy little gadget is a simple piece of wood with a hole in it big enough to fit your drink, the sleeve fits snugly over the arm of your sofa allowing you to watch TV without worrying about whether or not you are going to spill your drink.
Click here to learn how to make your own sofa sleeve.
10. Wooden Wine Rack
Are you a wine drinker?
Would you like to have a nice place to store your beloved bottles other than stacking them on the kitchen table?
A simple wooden wine rack is a great way to display your wine collection. You will be really impressed at how many bottles this nifty little rack can hold without taking up too much space.
Here are some instructions on how you can make your own wine rack.
11. Wooden Shoe Rack
Shoes are a woman’s best friend; but when you trip over them any time you walk into the bedroom, they can get quite annoying.
To get all those shoes up off the floor, why not make a stylish wooden shoe rack?
You can make it as big and as wide as you want to store as many pairs of shoes as you need.
Click here for step by step instructions for making your own wooden shoe rack.
12. A Small Bench
Give your knees and back a break with a portable simple to make small bench. You can use it as a stool to sit on, a make shift step ladder and whatever else you might want to use it for.
Since you are a newbie at woodworking, you might think this is too big of a project for you; but it really isn’t. This bench is simple and easy to make and only takes a couple of hours to complete.
Click here to get a detailed guide on how to make your own small wooden bench.
13. Wooden Storage Containers
When do you ever see wooden storage containers?
Most people buy theirs from stationary stores and they all look the same, either plastic or metal.
But you can design your own unique wooden storage containers to house your magazines, bills and other paperwork.
Here are some step by step instructions on how to make your own storage containers.
14. Hat and Coat Rack
You will be the talk of the town with this one!
How about trying your hand at making your own hat and coat rack?
Not only is it stylish and convenient, it’s also surprisingly extremely simple to make. It won’t take up any space because you can attach them to the walls so that they are completely out of the way.
Click here to learn how to make your own hat and coat rack.
15. Pantry Storage Saver
Are all your spices stuffed so far into a draw that to get to them you’ve got to pull everything else out?
Well, you can put an end to that with a pantry storage saver.
If you are a fast learner, it will only take you an hour to build, the instructions are simple to follow, and you will only need a few tools and materials.
Click here to find out how you can make your own pantry storage saver.
Woodworking projects are not easy, they take careful time and attention. However, if this is something that you are passionate about and you are determined to improve your skills, you will have a great time working on the above tasks. We hope you try out and enjoy these woodworking projects for beginners.
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