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30 Cool Woodworking Projects for Cool Woodworkers

Are you looking for cool woodworking projects? Are you into woodworking for the first time and don’t know what to do first? A novice woodworker could find himself confused with the number of great woodworking ideas online and offline; it’s really easy to get lost and even become overwhelmed with the variety of interesting projects to do. This is why we have created a list of 30 best of the best woodworking projects found online. We have collected these awesome finds from Pinterest which has one of the largest collections of amazing woodworking projects fit for novice and experienced woodworkers.

Those who are new to woodworking will find our list a bit overwhelming however with the right tools, the best techniques and strategies as well as patience, these projects will be easy to complete in no time. On the other hand, an experienced woodworker may find this list a challenge as well since some of these projects have updated designs and the use of new techniques. Some of these projects are professionally made while some were conceived from DIY inspiration. So without further ado, here are 30 of the coolest woodworking projects for cool woodworkers

1. Cute Wooden Elephant Pen and Cell Phone Holder – your brand new office buddy!

From theartofwood.tumblr.com

This cute elephant is more than just a conversation piece in your office. You won’t believe how such as small creature can have multiple uses. This elephant can hold your mobile phone to display the screen; it can hold two pens and a large marker and can work as a paper weight too. It is made of lightweight wood cut specifically in the outline of a cartoon elephant. The holes on the top are drilled while a light gloss gives this woodworking project a good shine. It will sit quietly and hold your stuff as you complete reports and finish deadlines at your office or home office.

2. Wooden Heart Toilet Paper Storage Holder

From Collections Etc by Mallory Lane

The Wooden Heart Toilet Paper Storage Holder by Collections Etc by Mallory Lane is an efficient and creative way to store extra rolls of toilet paper. It has a nice wooden heart design that will surely complement any home country design. This charming wooden toilet paper holder measures 61/4″L x 6″W x 243/4″H. It could be a part of your next bathroom upgrade.

3. Painted Birdhouse

From Debi Rogers saved to Wooden Art and Wood Carving

This is a very simple project to make and requires the use of very basic tools and woodworking techniques. This painted birdhouse is basically made of 7 panels which could be easily cut even with a hand saw and then glued together. The entry hole has been created using a router and finally the project is hand-painted to perfection using safe water-based paint which is safe for animals. You can actually design your own bird house or use your favorite color.

4. Circular Calendar

From Alvaro Fernandez saved to Labores en madera

This is an intricate circular calendar that you need to adjust daily. This is basically created out of light yet durable wood which has been carefully cut and designed. This clock will make an excellent addition to any modern home or an office with a contemporary design.

5. Truck

From: Lorena Gutierrez Ruiz saved to carro

This woodworking project is definitely any boy’s dream! If you have played with die-cast vehicle toys before then you would understand the thrill of having all your favorite cars placed in an organized shelf. This truck is a display case for children and even adults alike so it’s basically perfect for all ages. It can hold up to 60 die cast vehicles but you can build your own and make more shelves for more toys.

6. Handmade Wooden Tic-Tac-Toe Game

From Jan McCarthy saved to woodworking

Show your die-hard enthusiasm for the age-old game of tic-tac –toe. This mini game board is made of walnut while the dowel rods are made from maple wood. The board is fairly easy to make with the use of basic hand tools and a router and could be a good project for people who are on the competitive side. This tic-tac-toe project may be completed within a day and could be your inspiration to more complicated game board game designs.

7. Kid’s Bedroom Lamp – Personalized Name Sign

From Jens saved to mix

This is a cool marquee design works on any room. It is a wall lamp which is created using a combination of routers and hand saw. Electrical cords, sockets and switches are attached using very basic tools. This project uses birch plywood which makes it light and easy to shape with a router. It can be a cool weekend project because it is quite easy to make. This is also a good gift idea for boys and girls alike.

8. Shelf Ladder

Bruno Leidig saved to Beete

From Eva Bottyan

This is a clean and open storage system which is created out of light yet durable Birchwood which is why it has a clean white color. It is easy to design, measure, cut and fasten making it a good starting project to do. This ladder storage shelf has varying g sizes from top to bottom with the bottom part of the shelf ready for larger and heavier items. You may or may not use varnish on this project however you may opt to go bare as well .this is a perfect addition to a modern home.

9. Glasses Holder

This is possibly the most creative way to store eyeglasses or sunglasses even at home. This cool head silhouette is made of durable yet pliable wood which has been cut to look like the front silhouette of a man with a distinguishable nose, lips and chin. You will never lose your glasses again when you have this interesting accessory display or storage in your home or office.

10. Puzzle Coasters

From Denver Hilland saved to Pretty Things

Not a morning person? Now you can wake up and smell the coffee brewing in the coffee pot when you have this interesting coaster to use. This is a cool project to undertake and is also one of the simplest especially if you have power tools to use. This is made of scraps of wood that have been sanded, cut and varnished to perfection. What was once discarded wood has now found its home in your breakfast table. You can make this project as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.

11. He and She Keychain Holder

From Lucas Martin saved to Madera!!!

Every home must have this unique key holder with special gender designation for every member of the family. The key holder is made from strong yet beautiful wood which has received no varnish or paint. The lovely grain of the wood is shown on the front part of the key holder as well as the front surface of the gender key holders as well. This is both a fun and interesting wooden piece that you must have in your home.

12. Dog Lamp Beagle Lamp

From Okooko13 saved to beagle lamp

Is this a lamp or a toy? The beagle lamp will stay, sit and heel to provide you with adequate lighting all day and all night. It has a playful design which looks very easy to do. From the dog lamp’s body, you will find a few pieces of wood connected by metal fasteners. This metal hardware can keep the dog lamp’s arms and legs in place while the lamp light lamp is found on the dog’s head and face. A cute bone is the switch for the dog lamp. This is definitely a creative gift for anyone who adores dogs and for kids and the kid at heart.

13. Woody Woodpecker Door Knocker

From Melina Amaral saved to Varios 2

This door knocker is cleverly designed as a wood Woodpecker bird which loves to make marks on wood and wooden surfaces. How does this colourful door knocker work? A red cord is tied on the wooden bird; when this cord is pulled, the bird moves forward and strikes the wooden door to make an audible knocking noise. The base is made from cedar and is 9 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide. The shape of the bird and the decorative pieces along the knocker are all designed and cut with the use of a router. Go all out when painting your own woodpecker door knocker and paint with all the wonderful colors of the rainbow.

14. Human Head Shaped Wooden Sunglasses Glasses Holder

From Danielle Underwood saved to Packaging and Merchandising

15. Wall Clocks for Baby’s Room – Constance Zahn

Based from an article from Constance Zhan

Wooden clocks will add charm in any room especially in a child’s room or baby’s room. These pieces have been carefully designed and cut using a jigsaw while round pieces were cut by a trusty router. You can purchase clock mechanisms form any crafts store and simply attach it to the finished clock face. Aside from animals, you can actually make a wide variety of shapes and sizes of wall clocks. But what you see here are the most popular for kids’ rooms.

16. 3D Typography

From MRGT saved to Graphic Design

There could only be one word to describe this wooden project and that is “awesome!” Accomplishing this amazing project takes excellent precision, the right tools, the best techniques and a lot of patience. Creating these words and phrases could take time and this is with the use of a couple of trusty tools: a power saw and a chisel. Usually a template is followed and quality wood used. This project will also allow you to go all out on colors and so plan on a color theme or a combination color scheme for an impacting 3D typography project.

17. Check Shelf

Isabella Verdugo saved to Self

This is a completely new piece of wall décor that is also functional as well. The check marks are basically cut using a router and the black boxes are painted on the wall. This can be used as a small shelf to hold small items like a small pile of books, CDs or pocket books. Can you guess what these wooden checks mean? It could be a playful reminder of the many tasks that you need to do today or simply to tell you to check something really important! And while this project looks amazing, it may not conform to everyone’s tastes but still it is a good challenge to any novice woodworker considering a lot of effort must be put on wood to create the various curves of a checkmark.

18. Urban Garden

From Diana Maria saved to HKN

Very interesting and totally perfect for anyone who lives in a small apartment or space. The Urban Orchard is simply a wooden garden which has space for each and every plant or vegetable that one may need for food in an urban setting. You can follow these inspiring patterns for your own mini orchard or vegetable garden or you may get inspiration and create your own. These gardens are also designed to be stalls where you can sell your products. If you are looking at growing and at the same time selling produce then you can make your own garden and stand using simple hand held materials and tools.

19. Lamp and Lamp Table

From Country Wood Space saved to Fun Woodworking Projects

Another interesting furniture design and this time it’s a fusion between a lampshade and a side table. Cleverly designed using quality materials, this table/ lampshade can be your inspiration to make more unique and interesting furniture pieces.

20. The Basic Wooden Stool

From Wood Archivist saved to Furniture Plans

An experienced woodworker has to master a variety of strategies and learn how to use different tools. A rite of passage for any woodworker is creating a suitable stool. The basic stool is a piece of furniture with four legs and a base. Perfecting the wooden stool requires hours of countless practice and a command of the basic tools and techniques. This is why the ever-popular wooden stool continues to be part of any woodworking project.

21. Homemade Wine Rack

From Julio Cesar saved to santi-mia

Do you know that wine has to be stored upside down to get the best flavor? This homemade wine rack has received good reviews online because it is homemade and well-built. It is made of joined wooden planks which have been painted or varnished to create a lovely design. As you can see, the wine bottles are held in place with simple wooden holders which can efficiently hold up to 7 bottles at a time. This project is also lauded for its use of refurbished wood.

22. Handy Wooden Organizer

From MacGyver saved to Projects

Do not throw away scraps of wood. Transform these into device organizers and special bins for important items like keys, watches, jewelry and change. This special organizer can hold a mobile device, two to three watches and keys. It even stands on its own so you can easily access your stuff. The wood used for this project has a very attractive and colorful grain making it more presentable and perfect for any modern home.

23. Homemade Dirty Kitchen and Grill

From The WoodWorker saved to Tips, Tricks and Other Clever Things

Your ability to improvise counts a lot in training to become an expert woodworker. This project is all about the user’s journey in creating his own outdoor grill station. Obviously the owner just had to make do with spare wood that he has lying around. He added a sink and even a new space to place supplies in the dirty kitchen and grill.

24. Wall-Mounted Workbench

From OHM Rocking Chairs saved to Shop Organization and Storage

A workbench is essential in woodworking; this is where you basically work and where most of the measuring, sawing, hammering and finishing work is done. However, not all woodworkers are blessed with a large area and this wall mounted working area along with shelves and storage system for tools is a wonderful project to build. Take note that with this workbench and storage system, you can have a place for everything and will be able to work on any project at any time.

25. Modern Device Organizer

From Smart Modems saved to Cool Tech and Gadgets

Who knew small scraps of wood could be transformed into these cool device stations? These are specially designed to fit a wide variety of devices and handsets and offer an ergonomic design to help users access their devices even when these are being recharged. These could only mean that every piece of wood has its use and with the right tools and steady hands, you will be able to perfect this kind of project.

26. Creative Tablet Stand

From yran gaudro saved to boc@!

What can you say about this tablet holder? Transform your lowly tablet into a piece of 1970 furniture with these cool accessories. Use this stand when watching movies or vides or as you check the web.

27. Device Organizer

From Jake Hunt saved to

woodDock is a wooden dock for devices; you can place iPad, iPhone, iPod together into this workstation which can be turned into an entertainment and learning hub. And turn them into a station of fun, work and charging. You may follow this unusual yet lovely design however you can use the woodDock design to make your own device organizer system according to the type or the kind of devices you may have.

28. Cute Cube Tissue Organizer

From DeAnna Brite saved to Wood Working

Introducing a robot that fetches tissues! Well, almost. This cute little robot will make sure that you will never run out of tissue when you visit the bathroom or as you watch a dramatic moment on TV. This this is a good assistant to have around and even wait for your every command.

29. Wooden Toy Project

From Chris Farley Ratcliffe saved to Inspiration in Wood

Think Pinocchio! This cute toy is made from scrap wood with a simple design. The wood used for this doll clearly has good markings and it shows well despite being varnished from head to toe. The only thing that this toy needs is a name!

30. Acrobat

From Alexander Barsegyan saved to самоделкин

This is another wooden toy which uses simple discarded pieces of wood. If you are looking for easy and affordable projects that you can do now then the acrobat is your best choice. It moves using a lever that is lowered or raised from the acrobat’s sides. You can choose not to paint or apply varnish to this wooden piece or add paint to make a colorful child’s toy.


There are a number of wonderful woodworking project ideas online. If you are looking for great inspiration then you will surely find this when you check out our list of 30 cool project ideas. These projects are a combination of easy and challenging tasks. An aspiring professional woodworker should practice often and start with basic projects like wooden stools, dolls, toys and pencil holders initially to get the feel of using tools and techniques. Once they are confident about their talents and skills and can perform woodworking tasks on their own will they be ready for more complicated project ideas like shelves, cabinets and furniture. Woodworking needs patience and the use of the right skills and tools to create a good and experienced woodworker. These can be achieved by practice and more practice.

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