8 Easy Woodworking Projects for Beginners

published Apr 15, 2019
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“Woodworking” might sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! Wood is relatively cheap, making it a fantastic DIY material for experimenting. Once you master the basics, the possibilities are near-endless.

These beginner-friendly woodworking projects prove you don’t have to be a master craftsman to try your hand at handmade decor.

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No power tools are required for this simple blanket ladder—just a saw, rope, and some dowels. This project is a perfect introduction to the saw, requiring only basic cuts.

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Pre-cut wood shapes let woodworking beginners experiment with new shapes without buying another power tool. Laura used a basic 15-inch wood circle for this stool seat and attached the four legs with angled leg plates. She covered the seat with the shaggiest faux-fur for a luxurious perch.

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All you need for this modern coat rack is a saw and spade bit for your drill. Brittni kept it simple and cleverly hid the wall screws behind the peg rails for a completely seamless look that is easy to achieve.

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If you’re looking for a renter-friendly organizer, check out Cat’s sunglasses rack. Six straight plywood cuts are held together with wood screws and attached to the wall with Command strips. Easy peasy.

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Wooden dowels and pipe fittings are basically adult LEGO. These modern plant hooks require just three dowel pieces and a T-fitting—found cheaply at any hardware store—but the basic premise can be used for anything from curtain tie backs to towel hooks.

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You knew a plant stand would make it on this list, didn’t you? Plant stands can cost quite a bit if you’re looking to buy, but Mandi estimates that you can make two of these custom pieces with quality wood for just $45 total.

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Paint and knobs are the quickest ways to makeover a dresser. For a truly special upcycle, take care of the knob part by creating Caitlin’s wood half-moons.

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A table is really just a flat piece of wood and some legs. Drill-on hairpin legs can turn a board into a dining table or desk, but we equally love a low table, a la Ashley, who uses four shelf brackets for this custom creation. You can put her version together in an afternoon—just make sure to add felt pads to the bottom of the legs to protect your floors.