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.
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.