12 Easy & Fun Things to Build with Wood

Written by Stephen

On October 30, 2020
12 Easy & Fun Things to Build with Wood

Woodworking is a really fun and productive hobby to get into, but it does come with a steep learning curve. If you are a complete beginner woodworker and want to build something, it is best to start with something simple and then work your way to more complex projects from there as you start to master the skill. In this article, we have compiled 12 easy & fun things to build with wood, ones that don’t require much skill or experience and can be worked on with just a few common tools.

1. Basic Wall Shelf

Tools Required:-

  • Power drill
  • Saw
  • Paintbrush
  • Measuring tape

Materials Needed:-

  • Screws
  • 1×4 Wood planks
  • 2×2 Wood planks
  • Paint or Stain
  • Sandpaper

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours

Making a basic wood shelf is one of the easiest woodworking projects you can do. To begin, start by cutting two 2×2 of appropriate length and position them vertically on the opposing sides of two parallelly placed 1x4s. Secure the setup in place with screws using the power drill.

Afterward, measure the distance between the two positioned 2×2. Cut another 2×2 plank of this length and fit it vertically at the bottom. Over it, place a single 1×4 and screw them for securing in place.

Drill large holes on the top on opposing sides. Afterward, use sandpaper to lightly sand the surface of your shelf and apply paint or a wood stain. Wait for it to dry,and you’re done!

Of course, this is just one way to build a simple wood shelf. You can also make a more standard one with a square opening to put items on or add more levels to it. The design choices at your disposal are endless. Checkout our free woodworking plans for more shelf ideas.

Note: If the cut-out faces of your planks are uneven, simply use sandpaper to level and smoothen them.

2. Sofa Shelf

Tools Required:-

  • Power Drill
  • Saw
  • Paintbrush
  • Measuring tape

Materials Needed:-

  • Wood Glue
  • 1×8 plywood
  • Screws
  • Stain

Estimated Time Commitment: 1 hour

This one is an even easier woodworking project but one that can immensely add to your convenience while sitting on the sofa. First, start by measuring the width of the sofa arm and then cut a 1×8 a widthone inch greater than it.

Now cut two more 1x8s of equal length and glue them vertically to the opposing sides of the primary plank. Once the glue has dried, secure them in place with screws. Sand away any uneven edges then apply the stain. Never again would you need to look for a place for hot beverages while seated on your couch.

3. Oriental Coffee Table

Tools Required:-

  • Power drill
  • Saw
  • Paintbrush
  • Measuring tape

Materials Needed:-

  • 2×4 wood planks
  • 4×4 wood planks
  • Screws
  • Paint or stain
  • Wood glue
  • Masking tape

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours

Here is one really extraordinary yet undemanding thing to build with wood – an oriental coffee table that will greatly contribute to the overall aesthetic of any room. Start by placing 624-inch 2x4s back to back at levels. Cut two 24 in planks of 4×4 and place them at a right angle to the 2x4s at the extreme sides. Secure the setting in place with screws.

Now cut out two 16-inches 4×4 and place them to fill over the remaining two extreme sides of the table. Cut four 7-inch 4x4s to serve as legs and position them with wood glue in the interior surface at the edges where the longer 4×4 plank meet. Secure ever with screws.

Lightly sand the surface and apply the stain. Alternately, you could paint the surface, using the masking tape as a means to create elaborate painted designs on the tabletop surface.

4. Wall Planter

Tools Required:-

  • Power drill
  • Saw
  • Pencil

Materials Needed:-

  • 1×8 wood planks (water-resistant)
  • Screws
  • Strings

Estimated Time Commitment: 30 minutes

Whether hanging on the exterior or interior, wall planters can certainly make a fine decoration to anyone’s home. Building one is super easy. Simply cut out two 2x8s of longer length and two 2x8s of shorter length. Screw them in place so that it forms a rectangle.

Now, form an outline of it on a wood plank with the pencil and cut it to serve as the planter’s base. Screw it secure and afterward, drill four holes, each on the top opposing sides of the longer length 2x8s. Attach strings, add dirt and plants,and you’re done.

Note: Driving a screw with a power drill through thin wood can risk causing it to splinter. Consider driving a pilot hole first to avoid such an issue from occurring.

5. Fancy Candle Holders

Tools Required:-

  • Power drill
  • Saw
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

Materials Needed:-

  • 1×8 plywood
  • Screws
  • Stain
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper

Estimated Time Commitment: 30 minutes

These candle holders can really look wonderful ones done and should make a nice decoration item for your bedroom, living room, or anywhere else. Begin by cutting 4 rectangular pieces of plywood of suitable lengths. Fit them together with wood glue to form a rectangular two open-sided box.

Now, place it over the plywood,draw an outline of the bottom and cut out the base. Secure it to the structure with wood glue. Once dried, sand the surface and apply the stain. You can either opt to place an existing candle inside it or choose to fill up its cavity with hot wax and insert a wick.

6.Tree Swing

Tools Required:-

  • Power drill
  • Saw

Materials Needed:-

  • 2×8 wood plank
  • Durable nylon rope
  • Sealer

Estimated Time Commitment: 30 minutes

If you have a tree in your garden, why not add a swing to it? Making a swing is a straightforward DIY project. To start, first cut a 2×8 of the desired length and drill four large holes near its four corners. Use a sealer to serve as a protective coating for the swing plank against the harshness of the outdoor elements.

Afterward, Insert the nylon rope into one of the holes on the side and take it out from the other.Knot that end with the rest of the rope near the plank swing so that it forms a triangle shape. Repeat on the other side. Now simply tie the end of the nylon ropes to a thick enough tree branch, and you are done.

7. Wine Holder

Tools Required:-

  • Power drill
  • Paintbrush

Materials Needed:-

  • 2×8 wood plank
  • Rope
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain

Estimated Time Commitment: 20 minutes

In need of a wine holder? Why not built yourself one?The design of the wine holder mentioned here is uncomplicated; it doesn’t even require you to cut anything! Just take a 2×8 of a suitable length and make large holes into it diagonally.

Afterward, make four smaller holes on the opposing four corners. Once that is done, sand the surface and apply 2-3 even coats of stain. Once it is dried, attach and knot two separate ropes for the purpose of hanging (make sure it is secure).  Hang it and in the larger holes, insert the neck of the wine bottles to hold them in place.

8. Pencil Holder

Tools Required:-

  • Power drill
  • Engraving tool
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Sander

Materials Needed:-

  • 4×4 wood plank
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain

Estimated Time Commitment: 1-2 hours

This is a simple DIY that can make for a perfect addition to your work table or can be given as a gift to a fellow colleague. Cut a 4×4 of a suitable length and smoothen off the edges until it forms a squircle. Use a sander for the purpose, if possible,as doing so with sandpaper might really be a highly time-consuming effort.

Now using a pencil and ruler, on the top surface, make a 1×1 grid. Using a drill bit of the appropriate size, make holes at the center of each grid.  Once that is done, draw an interesting design on one or all four vertical sides of the block with a pencil. Use the engraver tool to etch them into the wood.

Afterward, lightly sand the surface and apply an even coating of stain. You’re now done!

9. Basket Stand

Tools Required:-

  • Power drill
  • Saw
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler

Materials Needed:-

  • 2×2 wood plank
  • 2×6 wood plank
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • String
  • Paint

Estimated Time Commitment: 1 hour

A basket stand can make for a perfect decorative item for your outdoors and it is incredibly uncomplicated to make. Cut two 2x2s and two 2x2s of three feet and one foot respectively. Glue the pieces together to make a rectangular frame. Secure firmly with screws.

Now cut a 2×6 that is at least 1 foot 2 inches long and on top of its surface at the center, glue one end of the frame and screw it in place. On the opposing end, make a hole at the center.

Lightly sand the surface of the wooden structure and apply 1-3 coatings of paint. Afterward, using a string tied to the hole, hang a basket or light planter in the middle of it.

10. Welcome Mat

Tools Required:-

  • Power Drill
  • Saw

Materials Needed:-

  • 1×1 wood planks
  • Rope
  • Sealer

Estimated Time Commitment: 3 hours

Make a stellar impression to incoming guests to your house with a beautiful DIY wooden welcome mat. Start by cutting 15-20 1×1 wood planks of suitable size. At two equidistant points from the center and the opposing ends along the length of the planks, drill a hole. Apply a sealer to protect the wood from the elements.

Knot one end of a rope and insert it into one of the holes in the plank. Make another knot at the point the rope comes out from that hole and then insert the remaining rope through the hole on the next plank. Repeat the process with the rest of the remaining planks and then work the same on the other hole on the planks. Once you have completed that, you’re finished with creating your welcome mat.

11. Bookends

Tools Needed:-

  • Saw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sander
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Engraver tool

Materials Needed:-

  • 6×6 wood planks
  • Felt
  • Stain

Time Commitment Required: 1 hour

Bookends can be a great way to keep your reading collection more organized. Rather than purchase a pair from the market, consider making them yourself. Start by cutting a block 6x6x6 and make a line running diagonally between it. Cut it accordingly afterward.

Then, with your pencil, make designs on the surface of the two triangular blocks and engrave with the engraver tool. Lightly sand the surface and apply a coating or two of stain and wait for it to dry.

To prevent the blocks from sliding, we will need to attach felt to its bottom surface. Using ordinary glue doesn’t provide the best result so consider using a hot glue gun instead.

12. Basic Bench

Tools Needed:-

  • Power drill
  • Saw
  • Paintbrush

Materials Needed:-

  • 2×4 wood planks
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Paint or Stain
  • Sealer

Time Commitment Required: 2 hours

Need a bench for your lawn, balcony, or terrace? Building it yourself can be both more fun and economical than purchasing one from the market. First, take three 5 feet 2x4s and glue them together so that their 2-inch sides to form the bench seat.

Afterward, on the underside, glue two 12-inch 2×4 at a right angle to the bench seat and at opposing ends equidistant away from the center to serve as support beams. Secure the entire structure in place with screws.

Now cut four 2 feet 2x4s to serve as the bench legs and glue them next to the support beams. Afterward,screw in place. Lightly sand the newly formed bench and then apply 2-3 coatings of paint or wood stain. Use a sealer to further add a layer of protective coating.

Which of these DIY easy woodworking project did you like the most? Have any ideas of your own on interesting things to build with wood? Tell us in the comments below. For more great woodworking tips and ideas, be sure to visit our home page or browse through our excellent list of DIY wood project articles by clicking here.

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