Woodworking is a pretty entertaining and rewarding hobby, since you always end up with a new beautiful and useful piece of art. While many people often assume that woodworking is a hobby reserved for those with immense amounts of free time, with lots of money to spare or with some inhuman skills, the truth is that there are lots of beginner woodworking projects that are suitable for anyone.
Besides, most of them require very little tools –requirement for expensive tools or machinery is often one of the most discouraging situations for beginners- and take almost no time at all. Check out these 10 cool wood projects for beginners!
1. Open Box
Boxes are the first item in this list of wood projects for beginners since they pack two benefits in one. On one hand, they are versatile since they can be used for many different things, like holding magazines or as a storage place for whatever you can think of, they can be mounted on the wall and serve as a cool shelf or they can be used as little tables when flipped upside down. On the other hand, they are cool for first timers since joining the sides and the bottom helps the amateur woodworker learn and understand the basic principles of woodworking.
2. Chess/Checkers Board
If you have already learned how to make a simple box, maybe it’s time you take it up just one notch by making a chess/checkers board. As far as beginner woodworking projects go, this one is almost as simple as it can be. Virtually, you just follow the same instructions you would for making an open, little box, but then replace the regular bottom with a bi-colored one, and attach it to the outside structure. Of course, as you gain experience, you might want to try adding a drawer for the pieces –or maybe even make the pieces yourself-.
3. Jewelry Box
As you might be already noticing, most beginner woodworking projects are related to boxes, since they are really easy to make and have a lot of different applications. For making a jewelry box, you pretty much just have to follow the instructions for a small open box and add a lid and a couple hinges to the top. If you are an adventurous beginner, you could try to add a little drawer for necklaces as well. It’s simpler than you would think!
Perhaps one of the easiest beginner woodworking projects is a bookshelf. Bookshelves provide an almost limitless variety of possible styles, materials, and designs. Ranging from the plain, uncolored and unvarnished flat piece of wood attached to a wall using a bracket for the absolute beginner, to the more complicated modular pieces that can attach or detach from each other to increase the size of the general bookshelf for the more daring beginner, bookshelves are a very entertaining way to learn and improve your woodworking skills.
A simple toolbox can be an easy and useful woodworking project to take on for beginners. Toolboxes require a little extra effort when being built since they need to be more resistant to rough handling than most beginner’s projects, but with some patience, the right materials and maybe a little trial and error, every beginner can make a cool and useful toolbox in not much time. And who knows, maybe you’ll even begin to use the toolbox both to store your little woodworking tools and as inspiration for taking on bigger and more complicated projects in the future.
6. Wooden Coasters
Wooden coasters are a fabulous project for beginners still learning the basic principles for cutting curved shapes in wood. They are very cheap to make –so you don’t have to worry if you make some mistakes- since they require very little wood, and they can end up looking incredibly nice when varnishing them properly.
While it may sound silly, the truth is that wooden dice are a pretty luxurious item and they often sell for unbelievable amounts of money online –for dice-. A project very suitable for gambling/board game enthusiasts, wooden dice can serve both as a very tasteful ornament for your dinner table or as a useful and cool item for your family’s next board games night. Give them a try!
8. Lazy Susan
Lazy Susans are very useful on kitchen counters and dining tables, and the best part about them is that they are easier to make than you would think! Definitely a beginner-level woodworking project, you can make your own lazy Susan just by cutting and carving a piece of wood in a circular shape and attaching it to a fixed base with a pin that allows it to rotate over it. There are lots of tutorials online and making one doesn’t take that much time.
9. Simple Stool
It is important to mention that if you are a beginner and you decide to try and make furniture pieces, you probably should do your proper research or ask someone for help, since anything conceived for holding a person’s weight should be more resistant that pieces with different purposes. Anyhow, you can always make a simple, three-legged stool for decorative purposes and you will find that it is a pretty easy and fun woodworking project.
10. Wall-Mounted Coat Rack
This last project has the upside of being easy to make and really useful, but still letting you set your creativity free. Starting with a simple wood board and attaching to it the knobs for coats, you can decorate it any way you want and end up with an amazing, useful and decorative piece for your home that takes very little time, effort and money to make.