A garden shed serves as an excellent storage space where you can safely keep all your garden and lawn-related equipment such as leaf blowers, watering cans, lawnmowers, and many others. It is also super multipurpose, which makes it a highly useful addition to your backyard. You can even store BBQ supplies in a garden shed, which greatly prevents the hassle of moving them from one place to the other.
Most garden sheds are made of wood, which makes them incredibly durable and long-lasting. One great thing about wooden sheds is that they look super chic, and you can paint them your favorite color or create patterns to add a customized effect.
If your backyard doesn’t have a shed, you can easily build with from scratch. While building a garden shed isn’t an easy project, especially for beginners, you can still make one with the help of free woodworking plans available online. These plans also allow you to access garden shed plans PDF files that are easily downloadable on your laptop or computer.
However, if you are looking for a quick, step-by-step guide on how to build a garden shed right now, here’s an easy one for you with proper instructions and steps.
Step 1: Gather Essential Tools
First things first, you need to gather all the essential tools, supplies, and materials that you’d need to build a garden shed. These include the following:
- Wooden stakes
- Wood glue
- Carpenter’s pencil
- Hand saw
- Step ladder
- Safety equipment
- Wood clamps
- Wood chisels
- Measuring tape
- Screws and nails
- Wood chisels
- Nail gun
Step 2: Cut the Wood
Once you have all the supplies in place, the next step is wood-cutting. You need proportionately-cut wooden pieces for four main things:
- Garden shed floor
- Garden shed ramp
- Garden shed door
- Garden shed base
Depending on how big or small you want your garden shed to be and also the amount of space you have available, cut the wooden boards accordingly.
Step 3: Triangular Roof Brace
If you’ve noticed, most garden sheds have a triangle-shaped roof brace, so it’s best to stick to that shape only. You first need to draw out the pattern or shape for the roof brace on a piece of plywood. You will require four different boards to make a vertical triangle.
Step 4: Build the Foundation
In order to protect your garden from moisture and other similar weather-related factors, you need a strong gravel foundation, which will greatly help keep the shed dry.
First, layer an adequate amount of gravel on the ground and smoothen it out with the help of a shovel. Then, place concrete blocks in evenly spaced-out rows on the gravel, followed by playing wooden boards on top of concrete blocks. Join the boards together with the help of a nail gun and some nails.
Step 5: Create Shed Walls
Once you have a solid foundation ready, move on to creating the walls for your garden shed. With the help of a chalk line, mark a platform that you wish to use a support for the back wall of the shed. Make sure the lines are parallel to each other by taking measurements at different points.
Then, lay out the wooden boards that you had cut earlier for the back wall and join them together with the help of the nail gun, hammer, and nails.
Repeat the same step for the side walls as well.
Step 6: Build the Door and Front Wall
To make the garden shed door, begin by creating a door frame. Use the wooden boards to mark the height of the door as well as the width. Nail the boards into place in order to form the frame.
Now, use this garden shed door frame to build the front wall. Keep the door in place in order to determine the size of the front wall. Cut a board in a way that it fits the top of the door frame perfectly. Cut another piece of board that goes from the previous board all the way to the top board of the wall frame.
Step 7: Nail the Roof Brace to the Side Walls
Take the triangular roof braces that you created earlier in step 3 and nail them to the top of the side walls.
Next, take a drill and start nailing all the walls together. Get someone to help you to raise the back wall in order to nail it in place. One by one, lift all the wooden walls that you created and nail them securely with the help of the drill and nails.
Step 8: The Roof
At this point, you should have a fully structured, standing-up garden shed, but without the roof. Create the roof by nailing a wooden board towards the top of the front and back walls. This will help provide a brace for the rafters that you need to place towards the sides of the board. Place a rafter on each end of the roof and make sure that they are evenly spaced out.
Step 9: Install the Door
The last thing left for you to do is install the door by attaching hinges on both the walls and the door. You will also have to drill a hole into the door to put in the latch.
Step 10: Paint the Shed (optional)
This is an optional step, but if you want, you can paint your shed with the help of outdoor latex paint. Painting gives it a smooth finish and also makes it look super pretty!
Now that you know how to build a garden shed, you can create your own without any problem. For your help, there are many free woodworking plans, and garden shed plans PDF files that are very detailed and laid out simply for your understanding.
During the cold winter months, if you don’t have an electric heating system (or even if you do), there’s something comforting about warming yourself up in front of a warm fire. But you don’t want to leave your firewood outside where the cold winds, sleet, and snow will make it soft and difficult to light.
Read on as we unfold a step-by-step guide to build a firewood shed on your own that will be strong enough to withstand rough weather and will protect your wood supply from the elements.
Sourcing Firewood Shed Plans
Before you start making your shed or cutting the wood, you need a proper plan to follow. You can find a number of websites such as Ted’s Woodworking where you’ll have access to different shed designs with varying levels of difficulty. Select the plan that works best for you and acquire the amount of wood needed to complete the design.
DIY Firewood Shed
We’ve outlined the basic steps of building any type of firewood shed, from a simple rack to a double story shed that can stand without being supported by the wall of your house:
Step 1: Collecting Your Tools & Supplies
Before getting started, you’ll need to gather all the necessary equipment and raw materials to build the shed, including:
- A firewood shed plan
- Tape measure
- Set Square
- Power drill
- Protective goggles and earmuffs
- Sander & sandpaper (optional)
- Concrete blocks (optional)
- Brush (optional)
- Paint (optional)
Step 2: Prep Yourself
Before you start sawing, drilling, or whatever else is required, you need to get ready for the project. Wear old clothes that can be discarded and make sure they cover you completely to avoid wood splinters or anything else from scratching your arms or legs. Put your safety goggles on (and your earmuffs when you start using the drill), and you’re set.
If you can find a hardhat, it’s a good idea to wear it for extra safety. Keep a first aid kit nearby in case of emergencies.
Step 3: Cut the Wood to the Right Sizes
The plan that you’ll be following will guide you on the size of the wood. The wood will be divided into different categories, including wood for the:
Use your set square, ruler, and a marker to mark the wood. Place the wood sheet onto the sawhorse, and once it’s secure, cut it using the saw.
Step 4: Smooth Out the Wood
If the pieces of wood are very rough, you may need to use a sander and sandpaper to smooth them out. If you’ve bought wood sheets that are pre-sanded or don’t wish to spend any more time or effort on your firewood shed, you may skip this part. However, if the wood is rough, be ready for any jagged bits that may poke you as you work or when you try to get wood from the shed.
Step 5: Build the Wood Frames for the Firewood Shed
Following the plans you’ve selected, arrange the wooden slats to make the frame for each segment of the shed, including the floor and the walls. Drill screws into the framework to secure the pieces of wood into place.
If you’re using a plan where the shed is open from the top and front, then you don’t need to prep any wood for the door and the roof.
Step 6: Set Up the Foundation of the Shed
If you’re building your firewood shed as more of a rack against the wall by the door, you don’t need to prep the base.
However, for a shed standing on its own, you’ll need to build a solid foundation that won’t budge even if there’s heavy rain or snowfall. This is where the cement blocks come into place. On the spot where you intend to set up the shed, dig up some of the earth to create an indent in the ground. Using a set square and a ruler, place the cinder blocks according to the woodworking plan. Add the wooden base on top of this.
Step 7: Complete the Basic Structure of the Shed
Using a power drill and screws, secure the walls onto the foundation of the shed. If you’re planning on dividing it with a shelf in between to separate the different logs of wood, add the center slab of wood at this stage.
Step 8: Add the Roof
If you need additional protection for your firewood, you may need to add a roof. The good thing with a firewood shed is that a simple, single slanting frame will suffice. Prepare the wooden frame the same way you did for the walls and the floor and secure it onto the walls with screws and a power drill.
Step 9: Paint the Shed (Optional)
Although firewood sheds are generally not painted, you may want it to match the exterior of your house. If that is the case, clean the shed thoroughly to get rid of any small bits and pieces. Once you’ve painted the shed, let it dry completely before storing the wood in it.
Build a Shed That Is Functional
Throughout the process, make sure you use the right materials and a good power drill to ensure that the structure of the firewood is strong enough to deal with heavy rain, etc. In humid climates, most people prefer to add a roof and a door to prevent the moisture from ruining the wood. If you live in a climate that isn’t generally humid but is facing a bout of heavy rain, you can use plastic sheeting on top of your shed to keep the wood safe.
Different plans offer designs that combine functionality and style. Some sheds are pyramid-shaped to make taking the wood out easier without causing the domino-effect. Others are divided in half vertically or horizontally to separate the flint wood from the firewood.
Coffee tables are low tables that act as a convenient support for your beverages, remote, magazines and other bits of items that you want to access while sitting. While coffee tables are thought to have been designed as early as the Renaissance, this style of furniture first become widespread during the Victorian Era in England and has since then become a ubiquitous part of homes ever since.
If you are looking for a coffee table for your home, why not design one yourself! Coffee tables are very easy to construct and don’t require expert knowledge in woodworking to build. Here’s a step by step guide on how to make a coffee table.
Table of Content
- How to Build a Coffee Table
- Tools & Material You Need
- Step 1: Decide on the Dimensions
- Step 2: Cut the Board to the Right Length
- Step 3: Stick the Top Together
- Step 4: Secure it With Screws
- Step 5: Create the Apron
- Step 6: Further Secure It in Place
- Step 7: Building the Stand
- Standard Four Leg Design
- Single-Leg Design
- Step 8: Sand the Surface
- Step 9: Stain or Paint the Wood
- Step 10: Add a Finish to Your Coffee Table
- Tip & Warning
- Avoid Damaging Your Floor
- Use a Finishing Wax with Light Paint
- Wear Protection
How to Build a Coffee Table
Tools & Material You Need
Here is a list of all the tools and materials you will need for the project. Improvise where you don’t have the item in the checklist.
- Power Drill
- Tape Measure
- Polyurethane or Polyacrylic Finish
- Paint Brush
- Wood Glue
- Piece of cloth
- Sanding Block
- Sand Paper
- 3 Inch Screws
- Power Saw
Step 1: Decide on the Dimensions
For your DIY coffee table, the first step would be to decide on the dimension of the coffee table you want to build – how wide, tall and long. Ideally, your coffee table should be at a height that allows for convenient access of items on it whiling your sitting on the sofa or chair in front of it. For this example, we will be making a 48 in x 28 in x 18 coffee table.
Step 2: Cut the Board to the Right Length
Using a table measure and a pencil, make the desired lengths on the boards and cut them using a power or table saw. For this example, you can use standard 2×8 for the tabletop and apron. You will need:
- Two 52 In
- Three 22 In Pieces
- Ten 28 In Pieces (extra two optional)
- In the case of the legs, you can 4×4 boards
- Four 18 in Pieces
Step 3: Stick the Top Together
Using wood glue, carefully stick the 2-inch sides of six 28-inch boards together so that they form one large rectangular board. Make sure that the 8-inch sides are in an even line on both ends. Use clamps to firmly hold them together until the glue tries.
Alternatively, you can cut or order a 48×28 piece of plywood for this purpose and skip to step 5.
Step 4: Secure it With Screws
Use two of the remaining four 28-inch boards as a means to firmly secure the tabletop. Place them underneath it exactly 4 inches away from the opposite ends of the 28-inch sides. Place them so that both of them lie across all the tabletop pieces. Use a power drill to carefully screw 3-inch nails into both of these boards, one or two secure into each piece of the tabletop on both sides.
Alternately, you can use the old-fashioned way and just hammer straight nails into the board but this method may require a bit more woodworking skill to achieve flawless results.
Step 5: Create the Apron
An Apron provides further support to your coffee table and also helps improve its overall aesthetics. Use the last two of the 28 in boards and glue them on their 8-inch side at 90 degrees with the tabletop. Take two 52 in long boards and apply a similar procedure for the longer two sides of the tabletop. These two boards are 4 inches longer than the sides so that they also cover the length of the shorter pieces used in creating the apron.
Make sure that the top of the apron is at even level with the top side of the table. Use clamps to secure them in place until the glue dries.
Step 6: Further Secure It in Place
Using a power drill and 3-inch screw nails, firmly secure the apron in place. As an optional measure, you can add greater structural integrity to the coffee table by adding support beams. Do this by gluing two 28-inch boards on their 2-inch sides at even distance from the center, ideally at 13 inches from it on the opposite ends. Once the glue dries, secure them in place with screw nails.
Step 7: Build the Stand
Now that the top part is complete, it’s time to build the support it will stand on. Here we will be giving two design options. The easier standard four leg design and a slightly more complicated single-leg design. Proceed with the type that suits your preferences the most.
Standard Four Leg Design
Attaching them to the tabletop is a straight forward process. Individually place the legs at the extreme sides of the inside of the tabletop, in the 4-inch space between the apron and the support boards. The 4×4 should fit in snugly but if it doesn’t just use a 320 coarse-grit sandpaper to smoothen the surface of the 4×4 until it does so.
Apply glue at the top end of the 4×4 as well as the inner sides of the apron which will touch the board. Repeat the same process with the rest of the three and secure them in place with clamps. Once dried, get your power drill and uniformly screw in the nails. Afterward, if the foot of the table feels uneven, you may sand them until all of them are leveled.
For this design, instead of four 18-inch 4×4, you will need:
- One 18-inch piece
- Four 12-inch pieces
- Two 9-inch pieces
- Two 10-inch pieces.
- Seven 5-inch screw nail
First mark down the exact center of the table. You can use the tape measure and a pencil to find the spot. Now stick two 10-inch 4×4 at the foot of the leg and once dried, secure them firmly using screws and a power drill. At the ends of the 10-inch boards, glue two 12-inch boards so that that foot makes a 12×10 rectangle. Wait for it to dry and secure it with nails.
Afterward, before you glue and secure the leg to the center of the table, create the support first. Using a pencil and a ruler, create a 4×4 square around the center mark. Glue two 12-inch 4×4 on the opposite sides of the square so that they are parallel to the 28-inch side of the table.
On the longer 52-inch side, glue two 9-inch 4×4 so that fit in between the boundary of the square and the support beams. Now finally, add glue on the top end of the leg and snuggly if it in between the support on the marked square. It should fit in snuggly but if it doesn’t, just sand it until it does. Once the glue
dries, screw a nail from the top, through the table and into it.
Step 8: Sand the Surface
Before you can apply a finish, it is recommended to sand the surface of the wood to make the coating process easier. Use a 320-grit sanding block to smooth all the surfaces of the coffee table. Thoroughly work across the furniture so to ensure there is no sharp edge or uneven surface remaining. This process can feel tiresome but it is essential if you want the best result out of your hard work.
Once you are done with the process, use a cloth to wipe off any dust, lint or residue that may have been left on the table.
Step 9: Stain or Paint the Wood
If you want to give your coffee table a rich, rustic appearance, coat it with a light or dark stain. However, if you want to have the coffee table look as it is instead, consider skipping to step 10.
Began by gently dipping the paintbrush into the stain, allow the excess liquid to drip off and work in a smooth back and forth stroke to apply an even coat of stain. Wipe off the excess with a piece of cloth and wait for the stain to dry for 7-8 hours before applying a second coating.
If you truly want a vintage look to your coffee table, consider applying a light stain for the top and a darker one for the log(s).
Instead of staining the coffee table, you may want to have it colored. Began by coating the table surface with a thin layer of primer and wait 1-2 hours for it to dry completely. Primer makes it easier for the paint to stick to the surface and retain its original color. For those hard to reach surfaces such as the interior side of the tabletop, you can use a spray-on primer.
Using long back and forth strokes, apply the paint evenly over the surface. Leave it to dry for a day before applying a second coat. For a distinct look, you can paint the tabletop and legs a different color of the paint. Let the paint cure for three to seven days before proceeding with the next step.
Step 10: Add a Finish to Your Coffee Table
Now with the rest of the process done, it is time to apply one final step to our coffee table and that is to apply a finish, which will help make the wood more durable and better protect it against moisture. In a well-ventilated area, apply a polyurethane or poly acrylic finish evenly over the surface. Wait for it to dry for 3-4 hours before applying a second coat.
For the finish, you can choose between semi-gloss or matte. A semi-gloss finish is more durable and easier to clean, making it ideal if you are placing the coffee table in high traffic or moisture-heavy environment such as your kitchen, living room or outdoors. A matte finish, on the other hand, gives off a better look and better manages to hide any imperfections. However, it is also harder to clean and overall, less durable.
Tips & Warnings
Avoid Damaging Your Floor
The hard and edged wooden surface of the table leg(s) can damage the flooring. Attach felt at the bottom of the leg(s) to avoid such predicaments.
Use a Finishing Wax with Light Paint
A polyurethane or Poly acrylic finish will tend to yellow over time, making less them than ideal for use if you have painted your coffee table with a lighter color. Instead, consider using a finishing wax for the purpose. Apply the wax with a clean cloth and leave it to dry for an hour. Repeat the process 3-4 times for the best results.
Whenever working with power tools and wood, make sure to always wear adequate protection. Wear goggles to protect your eyes from dust and any wood shatter. When sanding or painting, make sure to wear a filter mask and if possible, work in a well-ventilated area.
We hope you found this DIY coffee table guide to be useful. Consider sharing it with others who may also find it useful. Have you worked on any woodworking project that you are particularly fond of? Share more details about it with us in the comments below.
Cabinets are furniture featuring doors, drawers, or a mix of both meant to hold miscellaneous items. A well-designed cabinet can combine both form and function, offering itself as both a practical storage facility and contributing to the overall aesthetic of your room, kitchen, office or bathroom.
However, you will find in the markets ready-made, and even ready-to-assemble, cabinets to be quite expensive. A good quality cabinet can easily cost you thousands of dollars. Save up on cash by considering a DIY cabinet project in your spare time. This step-by-step guide will instruct you on how to build a wood cabinet easily without requiring expert knowledge or skill in woodworking.
Table of Content
- Stuff You Will Need
- Safety First!
- How to Make a Cabinet
- Step 1: Plan the Dimensions
- Step 2: Cut the Pieces
- Step 3: Create the Skeleton
- Step 4: Add the Walls
- Step 5: Secure the Structure with Nails and Joints
- Step 6: Install the Shelfs
- Step 7: Create the Cabinet Doors
- Step 8: Attach the Cabinet Doors
- Step 9: Adding Some Finishes
- Step 10: Paint or Stain the Cabinet
- Step 11: Add a Protective Coating
Stuff You Will Need
Here is a list of stuff you will need for the project. Consider improvising where you fall short of an item on the checklist.
- 1 ¼ Standard Plywood (or any suitable wood)
- Wood Glue
- Power Drill
- Corner Brackets
- Tape Measure
- Sanding Paper
- Framing Square
- Furniture Knob
- Magnetic door latch
- Paint brush
- Stain or Paint
Before starting with making a wood cabinet, be considerate of your safety. While working on the woodworking project, lint or sawdust can enter your eyes, causing irritation or even injury. You should always wear safety glasses while working with wood.
In addition, to prevent sawdust or any chemical particulates from entering your lungs, be sure to also wear a reliable mask filter, especially if working in an unventilated area. If the equipment you use is too loud, it might also be beneficial to wear earmuffs. When painting or staining the furniture, also make sure to wear plastic gloves.
How to Make a Cabinet
Step 1: Plan the Dimensions
First, consider the dimension of your DIY cabinet. How large would you want it to be? Are you aiming for a small cabinet to hang on the wall of your bathroom or kitchen? Or would you want a large cabinet for your living room that also acts as a tabletop for putting various items? Here is a link (INSERT LINK to your plans/ DELETE LINE if none exists) to some free woodworking plans for making cabinets.
For this example, we will be making a versatile 2 ft x 1 ft x 3 ft cabinet, which you can use either as a small tabletop or to hang over the counter.
Note: To avoid any confusion with the dimensions, all the ones listed here go in this order – Length x Width x Height
Step 2: Cut the Pieces
Using a tape measure, a ruler and a pencil, outline the dimensions of the cabinet pieces and cut them using a jigsaw. If you don’t have one, you can use a standard hand saw as well but unless you are skilled with its use, you may find it a bit difficult to achieve a uniform cut. However, even if you are unable to do so, don’t worry; if the uneven cut isn’t too big, you can use a sanding paper to sand it even.
You will need to cut the following out of the plywood:
For the Skeleton
Four 36’ x 2’
Four 12’ x 2’
Four 24’ x 2’
For the Walls
Two 12’ x 36’
Two 24’ x 36’
Two 24’ x 12’
For the Shelf
One or Two 22’ x 10’
Step 3: Create the Skeleton
You have the option to skip this step and simply attach the walls together. However, creating a skeleton is recommended if you want your cabinet to be more durable and last a long while.
Like a picture frame, the sides of thin facing panels would need to be angled at 45 degrees so that they fit into each other perfectly. Cutting plywood at an angle is a bit more challenging and with some practice, it gets easier to get it right.
Place the plywood at a level surfaced table and using a framing square and a pencil, locating the center line between the two sides of the 90-degree framing square and mark the 45-degree angle on the plywood. Afterward, using clamps hold the facing panel firmly in place. Carefully, using a jigsaw, cut the plywood along the marked age. Work slowly to ensure that you are cutting straight along the marked line.
Afterward, the process is pretty straightforward. Simply apply wood glue to the frames and stick them together. Use clamps to hold them firmly and wait for them to dry.
Step 4: Add the Walls
Once the skeleton is firmly dried, its time to add the walls. Add wood glue over the skeleton and carefully secure the walls to all sides except the front (more on that in later steps). Use clamps to hold them in securely and wait for the glue to dry.
Step 5: Secure the Structure with nails and Joints
Using a power drill, screw nails of appropriate length into the structure so as to secure the wall to the skeleton. Install corner brackets inside on the skeleton to reinforce the joints.
Step 6: Install the Shelves
Using your tape measure and a pencil, measure and level locations for 4 or 8 corner brackets depending on whether you want a single or two shelves for your cabinet. Using the power drill, screw the end of the corner brackets facing the cabinet walls. Afterward, make appropriately sized cuts to the front-facing skeleton frame so as to slide in the shelves snugly into the inside of the cabinet.
Step 7: Create the Cabinet Door
The front-facing wall will serve as your cabinet door. However, you have plenty of options at your disposal to make it more interesting and useful. If you intend on handing the cabinet, consider attaching a mirror on the cabinet door. Or, you can add to its aesthetics by printing a high-quality picture, securely gluing it on to the cabinet door and afterward, inserting a wood and glass frame over it. Alternatively, if you have enough woodworking skills, create a basic design out of the wood, sand it smooth with sanding paper and glue it on to the door. Get creative and add a personal touch to the cabinet door according to your preference.
Alternatively, you can also create a two-door cabinet variant. The process is pretty much the same. The only difference is that you would need to follow most of the required steps twice for each door and would need to cut the front-facing wall into two equal portions.
Step 8: Attach the Cabinet Door
Attach two hinges to one side of the inside wall of your cabinet and screw them in firmly. Afterward, attach the door to them and screw it as well. If you leave the cabinet as it is right now, you will see that the door doesn’t close shut at all.
For this, you will need to attach a magnetic door latch, which you can easily find in many hardware stores. Attach the magnetic part to the inside of the cabinet and the metal part of the extreme side of the door so that when closed, both parts attach perfectly together. For a two-door version, attach the latch parts at the top of the door and cabinet inside instead. Glue a very thin wood panel on the inside of one of the doors that would shut first so that just one magnetic latch would be needed to close them both.
Step 9: Adding Some Finishes
Your cabinet is nearly done. Now is the time to add some finishing touches. To easily close and open your cabinet, install a furniture knob. Alternatively, you can try creating a knob or handle yourself but then the task would become a lot more complicated so stick with what is simple.
If you want to hang the cabinet, you would also need to install two hangers at the backside of the cabinet. If you want to fix it in place on the wall, consider screw hangers. However, if you would like the flexibility of hanging it anywhere, D-ring hangers would be suitable.
Alternatively, if you want the cabinet to also act as a tabletop, you should instead attach legs to it. Legs will help keep the structure elevated above from any moisture present on the floor and also prevent the cabinet from scratching the surface of your flooring when you move it around. Ready-made furniture can be purchased from the market and are very to install.
However, you can also make your own legs for the cabinet by cutting four 4’x 4’ x 4‘ blocks from wood boards. Before attaching them to the cabinet, smoothen their edges with sandpaper and glue a layer of felt around them. Afterward, use wood glue on the exposed surfaces of the blocks to stick them to the bottom of the cabinet and wait for it to dry. Screw them in place using your power drill and long nails screwed through the inside surface of the cabinet into the blocks.
Step 10: Paint or Stain the Cabinet
You may want your finished cabinet to look even better by adding a coat of paint or stain over it. Start by covering any parts of the cabinet with a newspaper or tape that you don’t want coated e.g. the front mirror in case you installed it onto the cabinet door.
Before getting started with either paint or stain, sand the surface of the cabinet to make it ready for the coatings and to smoothen out any uneven surfaces. Use a piece of rag to wipe away any dust left afterward.
To stain the cabinet, choose an oil-based stain and conditioner. Using a paintbrush, carefully apply a thin layer of conditioner on to the surface. Wait 10 to 20 minutes for it to get absorbed and wipe away the excess with a rag. Wait an hour for it to become fully dried and apply a thin, even layer of stain. Let it sit for 5 to 15 minutes and wipe away the excess. Wait a few hours before applying a second coat. For a more vintage look, coat the door with a dark stain and rest of the cabinet with a lighter one.
Alternatively, to paint the cabinet, prepare the cabinet for painting by first applying a layer of oil-based primer. Once it is fully dried, apply an even coating of paint onto the surface. Use an unloaded paint for the tipping process. Wait for a day for the paint to fully dry before applying the second layer of coating.
Step 11: Add a Protective Coating
Your finished cabinet would require a protective coating so to ensure it is better able to withstand punishment from the element and continue looking good as new for longer. Very lightly sand the surface of the cabinet and coat it with a suitable sealant. Wait for it to dry and repeat the process 1-2 more times.
Congratulations! You have made your own wood cabinet.
Woodworking is a fun and engaging hobby but it can also be considered a highly profitable activity. Thanks to sites like craigslist, eBay, Etsy and Amazon Handmade, it is very easy for woodworking artisans and enthusiasts today to make and sell their small wood projects.
In fact, a lot of people have been able to turn their hobby into a full-fledged and highly profitable business, which they devote their full-time to. Of course, not all of us plan on pursuing such outcomes but virtually all of us would like to earn some cash from the projects we make.
Making a few sales of the items you make can feel really exciting and highly rewarding. However, if you are new to selling online, it is always better to start with item listings that are already known to sell well. After all,a niche wood item, no matter how well made, would hardly sell online because neither is anyone searching for it nor have you established a large set of audience for your products.
Below is a list of small woodworking projects you can work on that are almost guaranteed to sell quickly online.Virtually all items presented on the list are beginner-friendly but experienced woodworkers may find the read to be well worth it in helping discover new ideas to work on.
List of Small Woodworking Projects That Sell Well in 2021
- Painted Flags
- Wall Decors
- Wooden Clocks
- Wall Shelves
- Sliding Shelves
- Hanger Rack
- Mini-sized Sheds
1. Painted Flags
Project difficulty: Easy
Painted flags always sell like hotcakes online. Most people like to show some pride for their country, state, organization or locality and painted flags make just the perfect products to sell to such customers.
Painted flags are easy small wood projects, not requiring much skill to work on. Simply attach three standard boards on their sides with wood glue and allow it to dry. Afterward, reinforce with a wooden board using nails with it attached center and at a right angle to the other boards. On the opposite side, using masking tape and newspapers, create the defined boundaries and spray accordingly. Afterward, using paint brushes, fill in the detailing on the wooden flag and once the paint completely dries, apply a protective coating or sealant.
Tip: Painting each individual star on the US flag can be both frustrating and time consuming. For such detailing purposes or others like it, use a cutout from a chart paper and simply spray paint the cutout to create the stars hassle free.
2. Wall Decors
Project difficulty: Very Easy
Hand saw or Power saw
There is something about wood that gives it a sort of premium prestige that other materials such as plastic or even metal can’t compete with. Wall decors are an evergreen product, one for which demand cuts across demographics and can be sold at a very profitable price.
Like the previous mention, making wall decors is also super easy with one’s level of creativity being the only real constraint here. For this example, we’ll be making Alphabet wall decors, which tend to be highly popular with most buyers.
To get started, first mark equal square dimensions on the wooden boards using a pencil and a ruler. Afterward, cut them out with a power saw. You can also use a hand saw in case you don’t have any powered alternatives but take care while sawing to ensure a straight and uniform cut. If there are any rough or uneven edges, use a sandpaper to level them up. Using a power drill, create a hole at the center top for the purpose of hanging.
Afterward, lightly sand the surface of the wooden cuts with sandpaper to prepare them for painting.Remove any dust or debris with a wet rag. Use broad and even strokes to paint the wooden cuts. Alternatively, you can just apply paint spray. For a more distinct look, consider using masking paint to create creatively paint patterns to serve as the background.
Once the paint is completely dried. Use a pencil to draw the outline of the alphabets and color them in with a paint brush. You could also instead use masking tape and paint spray combo for this purpose. Once dried, apply a sealant.
3. Wooden Clocks
Project difficulty: Easy
Breathe new life into your old or unused clock by giving it a new and improve wooden appearance. Quality-made wooden clocks sell for a high price online and it’s a great way to get money back on any used clock that you no longer want at your home.
Start by outlining the shape of the new clock on the plywood board. Depending on your woodworking skill, it could range from a simple square to a highly unusual and distinct shape. Cut the shape out with a jigsaw (you can use a hand saw as well if the shape is simple enough). Sand away any unsmooth edges.
Once done, locate the middle of the cutout and drill a hole into it. Sand the surface of the plywood with sandpaper to prepare it for staining. Clean off any dust or debris with a wet rag.Using a paint brush and paint, create the digits for the clocks. Alternatively, if your woodworking skills are good enough, you can glue in digital cutout from thin wood.
Afterward, apply a thin and even coat of wood conditioner and allow it to dry. Afterward, apply the stain. Once fully dried, you can apply the sealant.Now, take out the clockwork and the hands of your old clock and install them onto the finished cutout. You can use the power drill, some screws and pieces of plywood of suitable thickness to secure the clockwork. Attach two suitable frame hooks near opposite sides on the top and you’re done!
4. Wall Shelves
Project difficulty: Super Easy
Wall Shelves are a straightforward and super easy small wood project to make and sell online. It doesn’t require many tools nor a high time commitment. What’s more, as you get more proficient in woodworking, you can scale such projects to be even more complex and elaborate.
To create a simple wall shelf, first take a wooden board of a suitable length and sand it lightly. Afterward, apply the wood conditioner. Once dried, apply even coatings of wood stain and leave it to dry for a day. Afterward, add the sealant. Sell with suitable wall brackets for a secure handing.
5. Sliding Shelves
Project difficulty: Medium
For those more adept at woodworking, you may want to try your hands on this project instead. This interesting design is bound to stand out in online listings and would especially be appreciated by book-lovers.
To get started, take a suitable board and follow the instructions as already indicated previously. Afterward, using a power drill and screws, firmly attach a suitable sliding track onto the board’s surface and install the stoppers at the opposite ends.
Afterward, measure the thickness of the wooden board and the sliding track over it. Use the measurement to create the sliding cavity on the lower end of two equal sized plywood squares using the jigsaw. Sand them and apply the stain as already mentioned. Install the upper guides or rollers with the cavity so that the plywood squares can freely slide across the board. Sell with suitable wall brackets included for handing purposes.
6. Hanger Rack
Project difficulty:Super Easy
Hanger racks sell extremely well because they are so useful. They allow you or guests the convenience of hanging their pieces of clothing, accessories or other items when they don’t require them and just as easily allow them to take them back when needed. Here’s a simple to make hanger rack in the instructions below:
Start by cutting a wooden board to be an appropriate dimension, even any unsmooth edges with a sandpaper and follow the process of staining the wood as already mentioned. Afterward, using appropriate screws and your power drill, securely attach the wall hangers onto the wooden board.
Afterward, on the backside, attach two or three frame hooks at suitable and equal distance away from each other and you’re done.
Of course, if you are skilled enough, you can make plenty of enhancements on the base design. You can expand the function and create a full-fledged entry organizer by using a bigger surface board and attaching shelves, rails, and hanging bars as well. Depending on your level of skill and creativity, the sky is your limit on how you make your hanger rack so have fun, be ambitious and experiment.
7. Mini-sized Sheds
Project difficulty: Hard
This may be surprising to hear for some but tiny barns and sheds are actually becoming more and more trendy as well as popular to sell online. We’ll be giving an overview of an extremely basic mini-sized in the instructions below.
Start by cutting the wooden boards in the right dimensions. Sand away any uneven edges.For more detailed reference on dimensions, you can find many good small shed plans and small barn plans here (LINK TO plans. DELETE if not applicable). Afterward, attach the support beans lengthwise to the deck piers. Secure the rim joists to the support beams and at right angle to them, the support joints.
Now using a power drill, nail in the plywood boards on top to create the flooring. Attach wooden beams of suitable length to create the skeleton for the shed. Nail them to the base and afterward, secure the plywood side walls and roof.
Leave an area of appropriate size open to serve as the entryway. Give more support to the frame by installing corner brackets on the inside of the shed. Afterward, add tar paper to the roof and paint the rest of the surface. Apply a suitable sealant afterward.
Turn your passion into a money-making profession or at the very least, make your woodworking hobby a self-funding activity by selling what you make online. We hope you liked the article and found the ideas given here to be worthwhile.
When selling online, be sure to brand your products to make it easier for them to stand out as well as help create more loyal customer base. In addition, if you want your projects to sell well, be sure to extensively market them on Social Media channels as well. The more eyes your items reach, the more the chance of someone wanting to buy it.
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