When I first started woodworking, I had a sawzall, a palm sander, a miter saw (if I’m feeling fancy) and some random hand-tools someone gave me as a house-warming present. I literallycouldn’t do complex woodworking if I wanted to.
I am fortunate for those humble beginnings. It really forced me to learn the basics of woodworking by finding the simplest projects I could think of.
It also taught me the value of simple design and I can honestly attribute my minimalist style to those “poor man’s” projects.
To pay homage to those character building years, I have compiled a list of 27 of the easiest woodworking projects for beginners.
1. Simple Pallet Shelf
The best projects are those that can be completed quickly, but still look incredible and have people asking “where did you buy that?!”
This simple pallet shelf is easier and quicker than you think to make, and costs virtually nothing if you have a pallet and a circular saw laying around.
Check out Pallet University to learn how to make this (and 9 other simple pallet projects).
2. Makers Kit Wood Craft
The photo above is an example of a wood craft box from Makers Kit, which is an amazing service that sends you different crafts to make each month that are very beginner-friendly.
3. Wooden Sofa Sleeve Cup Holder
This is one of those, “why didn’t I think of that”, kind of projects. Literally, if you can put three pieces of wood together and cut a hole in it, you can make this wooden sofa sleeve cup holder.
Seriously, why didn’t I think of that…
Mandi Johnson from A Beautiful Mess really knows her stuff.
4. Rustic Candle Holder
From Adina Johnson at Simple Country Life, we bring you an awesome rustic candle holder that brings a little southern charm into any home.
The use of the horseshoe for the legs just pushes it over the top. It’s just so creative!
5. Address Number Wall Planter
Recently, I’ve been slightly obsessed with some of the DIY projects from Shanty2Chic. This address number wall planter is simply blooming with style, and is sure to add a boost to your curb appeal.
6. Wooden iPad Dock
I am always amazed by the things people come up with using one simple piece of wood. David Bakker is one of those people who has earned my respect.
I just love the idea of being given one small piece of wood with the instructions “make something”. It’s a real challenge, but some of my favorite creations are made up of one small piece of wood.
So if you want a challenge, just imagine me handing you a small piece of wood and saying, “make something”.
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7. Tiny Wooden USB Drive
Generally, the smaller the piece, the more difficult it is to work with. The USB drive project from Offseid, however, is rather simple.
It will take patience and a steady hand, but I have the utmost confidence in your ability.
8. Floating Wine Bottle Holder
I’ll admit I love magic. David Blaine is my favorite for sure. However, optical illusions have always vexed me. Seriously, they make me feel so dumb, and I hate feeling dumb (I assume I am not alone).
Honestly, I still have no idea how this floating wine bottle holder works, and I guess we’ll have to try it out to learn its secrets.
I just have one question for Craftknowitall who is the creator of this headache-inducing wizardry…
Why isn’t it falling over?!?!
9. Simple Boxes
Photozzprovides us with the basics. Simple boxes are the perfect place to start for the woodworking beginner.
Building boxes will educate you in the basic forms and engineering, and give you the tools to take on more complex projects.
10. Wooden Arrow Wall Art
Ashley at Cherished Bliss gives us a lesson in minimalism artwork.
This project will neither break the bank, or stress your mind.
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11. Easy Wooden Bird House
Any Boy Scouts out there? If not, I’d say a great majority of us have built a bird house. I can’t think of a better project to share with the kids.
Skip to my Lou shows us an easy way to have fun, and share a unique experience with our kids.
12. Wood Plank Wine Rack
Have an extra plank of wood lying around? A wood plank wine rack from Camille Styles is the perfect solution.
Displaying wine bottles has become a kind of art of its own. My favorite ideas are the ones that seem too easy.
Sometimes it can be more difficult to think “simple” rather than over complicate our projects. This world is complicated enough I think.
13. Simple X Table
Want to accomplish your summer DIY project over the weekend? The “X” table from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs is the perfect place to start.
14. Wooden Door Mat
I’ve seen plenty of doormats with funny sayings and clever ways of expressing “welcome”.
But, Ashley at Domestic Imperfection gives us another option. Her wooden doormat is unique and a great way of welcoming visitors into your home.
15. DIY Lazy Susan
I wonder who this “Susan” lady is, and how she got the reputation for being so lazy. The truth is, many inventions stem from our constant ambition to make things easier.
The Lazy Susan has been around for a long time. Remodelaholic shows us how to make a simple version from scratch.
We all thank you Susan. You’re laziness lives on in all of us.
16. Baseball Coat Rack
Perfect for the kids room, these baseball coat racks are not only easy, but creative.
Visit Minwax for the full tutorial.
17. Unique Hanging Basket Frame
I just couldn’t help it. I had to use another Shanty2Chic project.
We all know you can just hang your baskets above your porch. But, who wants to do what everyone else does? I sure don’t.
This hanging basket frame will give your porch a warm and inviting feel.
18. DIY Jelly Bean Dispenser
OutdoorGirl16196 from “Instructables” brings back a classic in this DIY wooden candy dispenser. She uses jelly beans, but honestly, any candy that is similarly sized will work (I’d use Skittles, or Reese’s Pieces).
I had one of these growing up and it’s always something I will remember from my childhood. Make your own, and maybe you can create memories that will last a lifetime.
19. Scrap Wood Candle Holder
Brought to us by Boardersheep, this scrap wood candle holder is so simple I’m not sure it doesn’t make itself.
I suggest staining each layer of wood with a different finish before assembling to further customize and make this project your own.
20. Wooden Bookends
The best, and some of the coolest, projects are those that don’t require accurate measurements and precise techniques. The rustic bookends from ehow fit the bill.
It’s hard to believe something so simple comes from one piece of wood!
21. Primitive Wooden Spoons
This is a different kind of simple. Fairgoods presents the art of primitive woodworking with these wooded utensils made with just a few simple (non-power) tools,
Woodworking without power tools is definitely a challenge. There is just such an intimate knowledge you develop after working with wood in this discipline.
Although this isn’t the “easiest” project, I believe its important to understand the origins of woodworking. If nothing else, it will help you appreciate how far technology has come.
22. DIY Hanging Planter
I have always been a fan of mid-century architecture and design. So, when I saw this mid-century inspired hanging planter, I knew I had to add it to the list.
For more details, check out Bigger Than The Three Of Us.
23. Metal Pipe Table
I’ve been noticing the use of iron pipes and connections lately for woodworking and furniture projects.
The mixture of simple design and industrial materials from the creative folks at DIY Ready is perfect for the modern professional.
24. Office Supply Tray
Here we have a project that takes some patience. You will have to make plenty of cuts, and of course, measure twice before each of them. The end result will certainly be worth it.
For the ultra-organized, Build-Basic shows us where everything needs to go, and gives us the plans to build it.
25. DIY Bottle Vase
Hopefully you are a visual kind of learner… This post comes from our Bavarian friends at Nur Noch (something German google translate couldn’t clarify), and all of the instructions are in German.
However, to satisfy those who prefer books with pictures, there is plenty of visual instruction to guide our path.
26. Side Table For Under $20
Another project that might challenge the beginner, Her Tool Belt comes through with an intermediate level project for the woodworker looking to expand their abilities.
Even better, this project comes well under $20.00, which is definitely cheaper than what you would pay for a side table as cool as this.
27. Simple Napkin Holder
Perfect for keeping the napkins on the table during your outdoor picnic, Dan Harmon of Hub Pages gives us this little napkin holder treat of simplicity.
This project represents exactly what this post is all about. Easy, simple, minimalist, and functional, this is why I fell in love with woodworking.