17 Cool Woodworking DIY Projects
Woodworking is the skill that allows you to work on various wooden projects, such as doors and tables. Particularly, this is one of those skills that you are not born with, but can be learnt with practice. Anyone, who is passionate enough, can easily learn woodworking. Believe me; I have.
By learning the art of woodworking, you can make some of the most amazing wooden items that you always wanted to have at your home or office, but could never purchase due to high prices.
1) 3-Tier Wooden Office Desk Organizer
Who doesn’t want to have one awesome and handy wooden desk organizer that not only looks beautiful but can store all your mini office desk items properly? See the picture below. I am sure you will love this one. I have already built one myself as I just could not resist having one at my office. This thing easily stores all my office desk essentials, including pen, pencils, marker, small notebooks, etc. in the most organized way. You can see it yourself.
Building a Wooden Office Desk Organizer is an easy task for a professional woodworker, but not so much for normal people like you and me. But that doesn’t mean you cannot do this. Two years ago, I had almost no woodworking experience, but now I make most of my household and office wooden items by myself. This saves me a lot of money. And believe me when I say this; you can also manage to make wonderful wood items with a little practice and some woodworking experience.
The video above includes a step-by-step tutorial for making a wooden office desk organizer. By following these steps, you can make a basic office desk tidy. You will also need some basic woodworking items, such as wood, cutter, screws, etc.
Even if you do not like this one, you can always browse the internet for more beautiful wooden desk organizer ideas. I have also shared a link below where you can find some really interesting desk organizer ideas for every kind of desk and purpose. Just select the one you like the most and start building.
2) Wooden Mobile Holder
Another wooden item that I love very much is a beautiful mobile holder. You can see one in the image below. These things are not only beautiful, but they can comfortably hold any sized mobile and ensure proper safety. Another amazing thing is that they can be built in many shapes and sizes, as and how you need it. You can see some more examples at the source below
These things may be tiny in size, but building one is not that easy. It takes some serious woodworking knowledge and skill to build a nice wooden mobile stand. When I first saw one online, I just couldn’t resist thinking of buying one. But when I saw the price, I was forced to rethink. Also, a woodwork lover like me cannot be contained with just one piece and I was not willing to spend on more than one. So instead I decided to build myself one. Yes, it took some doing but the final result was satisfying. Luckily, I found this awesome tutorial online that helped me build my first ever wooden phone holder.
The video explains the step by step process of making a nice wooden phone stand from scratch. My first wooden holder was not the best one, but it was good enough to motivate me to make more. I now possess 10 mobile wooden stands in different shapes and styles. And if I can make this, you too can make one yourself. Search the internet for more mobile holder ideas and start making one now.
3) Wooden Boat Swing Set
I recently came across this beautiful wooden swing set, which was made in the shape of a boat. Cool, isn’t it? The very first look was enough for me to start loving it. Although I haven’t yet tried building one myself, I am definitely going to. Later I realized that you can also build a baby cradle with the same idea. After all, what can be more calming than the tender rocking of a boat? This swing set will surely help your child get more gentle sleep.
You can also make one for elders and put it in your garden or terrace or anywhere in the house. Elders can use it to relax and kids can use it to play or sleep. Although this is a really beautiful piece of woodwork, it is not that easy to make. Only someone with good woodworking skill can think of making this swing set. Also, I couldn’t find a good tutorial that illustrates the process of building a wooden boat-shaped swing set. Most Probably, I will write one when I build mine.But if you really want this swing set like right now, I would suggest you hire a good woodworker, who can build something similar. Or just search the internet and maybe you get lucky enough to find a tutorial for this. Good luck either way.
4) Transfer Graphics onto Wood (Wood Art)
Did you ever want your household wooden items to have nice graphic designs? You can buy wall graphic designs on the internet. You can even buy a designer wooden item, but it may not be the one you want. Open the source link below to see the example of wooden graphic arts.
Making an art or a design on a wooden piece is a hectic task and requires good art skills. But there is another much easier way to carve a beautiful art on any wood surface. For this, you will need the image or graphic that you want to transfer, a piece of wood, freezer paper, etc. I, myself have made several such designs. At the source below, you can find a step by step guide for transferring a graphic image to the wood.
You can transfer a graphic on any wood piece of your choice, including a frame, top of a table, etc. The surface should be clean and big enough for the graphic paper. I am also sharing a video tutorial here that explains in detail the process of transferring any graphic to a wooden surface using a freezer paper. Just gather the items you need and follow this video to carve your favorite designs on your favorite wood items.
Read the tips or search for more tutorials if you have any confusion in any step.
5) TV Wood iPhone Stand
This is probably one of the coolest woodworking projects you will find here. See the image if you don’t believe me. Is it awesome or what? This super cool iPhone stand looks exactly like a TV set and has proper space to fit the iPhone such that the screen of the phone works like a TV screen. Just start playing a video and watch it on your mini TV.
This is another example of small woodwork projects that require good time and woodworking skills. This item is built using multiple wooden parts. Each part is shaped in a specific design and then all parts are attached together to make the final TV set. I have never tried building this one, mostly because I don’t own an iPhone, but also because making this item is not an easy task. By the way, it works fine with all kinds of phones.
Luckily, we have managed to find a good enough video tutorial that illustrates the process of making a retro TV phone stand. The video owner not only explains the tutorials in great detail, but also helps you to find the right tools, templates, and materials for this project.
This is a fully functional phone stand that lets you watch movies on your phone like you watch on a TV set. If you are not comfortable building a retro TV phone stand at home, you can also buy one online.
6) Small Oak Table
A small oak table is a very useful wooden item for every household. You can yourself make a nice, strong and beautiful oak table suitable for any purpose. See the image below. As you can see, it is a small, yet good enough table to be used as a coffee table, lamp stand, breakfast table, etc. You can also find many other design variants on the internet. Choose the one you want for yourself and start making it now.
This oak table can also be made in different sizes and shapes as you can find on the internet. Some of the items you will need for this project are oak pieces, cutter, screws, etc.
We have included a video tutorial here that illustrates the process of building a wooden oak table. This is not the exact one that you see in the image above, but it can be modified to build any shape or design you want. The video tutorial also has English subtitles to make it easy for anyone to understand and follow the steps.
You can search the internet for more tutorials for the exact oak table you want to build. Or you can ask an experienced woodworker, who is willing to help you with the project.
7) DIY Floating Shelves
Have you ever seen a beautiful DIY floating shelf at the home of one of your friends or relatives and desire to have one for yourself? I have. The difference is that now I too have one at my home. And yes, I have built it myself. You too can make a nice wooden floating shelf if you have basic woodworking skill.
When I search the internet, I found the one above that I liked the most. The great thing is that they have also provided a video tutorial along with step by step procedure to make DIY floating shelves. Check the video link and see how easy it is.
As soon as I came across this tutorial, I didn’t wait any longer to start building one. Some of the items you need for this project are hardwood plywood, saw, glue, nails, drilling machine, etc. The video is very easy to follow for anyone with basic woodworking knowledge and experience. The first source link also includes a step by step procedure in plain English for those, who are not comfortable enough with the video tutorial.
The final piece looks like the one in the image below. It is absolutely loveable. As you can see in the picture, the shelves are hanging from a pulley that gives it a floating appearance. You can also alter the length of the wooden pieces to fit a particular space. The design, color and looks can also be modified to suit the surrounding area.
8) Wood Pallet Wine Rack
Can you believe that this amazing wine rack the image below has been built using old wood pallets? Perhaps you can. Isn’t it wonderful that your old wood pallets can be reused to build something so beautiful and useful? I am not a drinker but I liked the idea so much that I just couldn’t resist making myself one. Although later I gifted it to my parents, who totally loved it.
The best thing about this wine rack is that it is very easy to build. All you need is the basic understanding of woodworking and a few tools to get started. You can modify your wine rack any way you want or build in a design or color different from this one. The basic steps to build a wooden wine rack are the same for all variants. I have included here the video tutorial that I followed in order to build myself a pallet wide rack.
This rack can be built from old unused wood pallets you can find around the house. So it is also a great way to recycle those old pallets. You can also find a step by step tutorial at instructables.com for which I have included the source link below. This tutorial helps you to make a wood wine rack from the scratch. So what are waiting for? Just grab the items you need and start building a cool wooden rack for those nice wine bottles of yours.
9) Wooden Sofa Sleeve with Cup Holder
This is one of those things that you never know you need unless you have one. This amazing wooden sofa sleeve works perfectly on either or both sides of a sofa set. It gives your sofa a nice look. The sleeve can also be modified to include a cup holder, mobile holder, etc. You can easily find this item on any online furniture store, but an even better idea is to build one. This way, you can make a sofa sleeve design that you actually like and make space for cup and other things.
I browsed many items and the one I like the most is the one in the image above. This was also my first ever wooden sofa sleeve cup holder that I built myself. Thanks to this awesome tutorial from the source link I shared below, I could easily make one by following the simple steps mentioned in the tutorial.
Some tools required for this project are hole saw, drilling machine, pencil, tape measure, clamps, etc. This tutorial explains every step properly with images so that anyone can make a wooden sofa sleeve easily. Those, who prefer a video tutorial, can visit the below link to a YouTube video that illustrates the process of building a DIY Sofa Sleeve Cupholder.
The steps in the video tutorial are different from the how-to tutorial from the second source URL. You can follow any of the tutorials to make a wooden sofa sleeve with cup holder at home.
10) Zig Zag Corner Wall Wooden Selves
This is another woodworking piece that I like the most in my house. I also enjoyed as well as learned a lot while building this one. You will not easily find many tutorials online that can help you with this project.
As you can see in the image, this shelf goes on both sides of the corner wall. It looks beautiful and can be used to organize books, trophies, pictures frames and many other things. The strength and design of the shelf depends on how properly you build it. First time workers definitely need some guidance to help them with the process. Therefore, I am including this basic video that I found on YouTube that demonstrates the process of making corner wall wooden shelves.
The shelf in the first picture is made of red oak plywood. You can choose the wood type, color and design as you like for your project. In case if you need more help understanding this project, you can refer the source link below. It discusses various items used, steps and tips and personal experience of the author who personally built a Zigzag shelf.
The source link also includes more pictures that can help you to build a better corner shelf.
11) Rustic Wall Rack
A wall rack can be used to hang kitchen accessories, tools, and other small items. You can see one in the image below. This rack can be built by reusing old wooden pallets from your house. You need only a few items to build this beautiful rack. I suggest you to make more than one as they can be used anywhere in house for many purposes.
For your kitchen, it can work as a knife rack. It gives you easy access to all essential tools while saving space. In addition, it adds a nice visual appeal to your kitchen wall. You can customize your wall rack with different materials, designs and styles. I am here sharing the source link to the step by step tutorial about how to make a rustic wall knife rack.
The items you’ll need for this project include wood board, power drill, tape measure, adhesive, etc. Read the tutorial for details. Follow the steps properly to make a nice and strong wall rack. This rack makes use of magnets to hold metal items. The tutorial explains the procedure for building this beautiful wall rack. Make sure to use only high quality items for any woodworking project. Use the rack only to hang items that are not too heavy for the magnet to hold. Also, be careful while working around this wall rack and beware of the knives falling off the rack.
12) DIY Platform Bed
Why would you buy a costly platform bed from Ikea or somewhere else when you can make one yourself at home? Oh yes, you can. A bed is the most common furniture piece used in the house and probably the costliest one. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just make a bed of your own, without having to spend many bucks for buying one? So I am here sharing a great tutorial to help you to build a nice comfy platform bed that you can use anywhere in the house.
I built my first platform bed by following the steps mentioned in the tutorial and the end result was everything I expected. It was as beautiful as comfortable and strong. It only cost me around $60 to build this one from the scratch. And if I can build it, anyone can. What you need is a little bit of woodworking experience and a lot of confidence. Collect the items as suggested in the video and start working now.
Tutorial source: http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2014/08/easy-diy-platform-bed.html
This tutorial is easy enough for even beginners to understand and follow. So I am not going to explain each and every step. I just want to assure you that if you follow the exact same process, you will surely manage to make a good platform bed yourself. For video learners, here is a link to the video tutorial for making DIY platform bed.
Know that these are two different tutorials and will probably result in making two different platform beds. You are advised to follow only one of the above two.
13) Wooden Bottle Carrier
A bottle carrier is a bucket like carrier used to carry beer bottles and so. Yes, the same one you must have used to carry your six-pack. Drinker or not, a bottle carrier is a useful item for everyone. It can be used to carry around or store small items around a household. And it is also very easy to build one. I have several of these lying around my house. Also known as wooden beer totes, this is one wood item you will absolutely love to make. It is also super easy to build.
Since it is rustic, it adds a beautiful charm to drinking group. With a little woodworking knowledge and use of some basic items, you can build a wonderful beer holder of your own. As you can see in the picture, it also has a bottle opener on one side. What else do you need? The tutorial is given below.
These carriers make wonderful gifts for groomsmen. Since they are very easy to make, you can build them in bulk and then sell at good rates. Here is a link to the tutorial.
If you are looking for a stand-out wedding gift, this one is a nice choice. The tutorial illustrates all the necessary steps, but you still need to have some basic woodwork knowledge to be able to handle the task. Here is a link to the video tutorial to make the task easier for you.
14) Wooden Doormat
This is probably one the easiest woodworking projects you will find here. Although easy, a doormat is an equally important and useful item for households. As you can see in the image below, you will only need some 2X2 wooden boards and rope to build a simple doormat. This doormat is mostly useful for outdoor and porch. It will easily remove all the mud from your shoes with just one wipe. It is also very easy to clean and looks fabulous even if it is dirty.
This is definitely going to be one of the easiest woodworking projects you’ll be reading about today. So why not just get started? The tutorial link is given below. Just do exactly what they are saying in the tutorial and you will end up making a beautiful wooden doormat just like the one in the image above. They are using pine wood to build this doormat. You can choose any wood material that best suits your budget.
Tutorial source: http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2012/07/wooden-welcome-mat/
Use only good quality stain and finish as you will most probably be using this doormat outside the house where it is expected to see a lot of rough use. We are also sharing a link to a video tutorial that teaches you to make a wooden stake doormat. In case if the above tutorial is not easy enough for you to follow, you can always go for the video.
I hope you end up making a doormat similar to this one or an even better. Good luck either way.
15) Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table
Have you got an old whiskey barrel at home that you haven’t used for ages? If yes, this project is for you. You can make a really beautiful coffee table from that old whiskey barrel in a few easy steps. Apart from a coffee table, whiskey barrels can also be used to build several other furniture items. But that is a talk for later. Here, we will discuss how to make a coffee table from a whiskey barrel.
I am sharing here a link to the detailed tutorial written by Pete at diypete.com, who shares the step by step process for making a wonderful barrel coffee table from scratch. He also tells you what items you’ll need for this project and where to find them. For example, you can buy an old whiskey barrel online or from a local whiskey store for a few bucks, if you haven’t already got one.
Tutorial source: http://www.diypete.com/build-whiskey-barrel-coffee-table/
Another awesome thing about this coffee table is that it is also has a storage unit. So you can store drinks, and other stuff in the half barrel of your table and then close or open it whenever you need. Pete has also constructed a video for this tutorial for which you can find the link below. It illustrates the same process in a video guide that shows you the exact process to be followed while building this whiskey barrel coffee table.
16) Turning an Old Dresser into a New Bench
Do you have an old wooden dresser at home that you are no longer using? You can now start using it again by turning it into a completely new bench. Yes, you heard it right. Here, I am going to talk about a DIY project that lets you convert your old piece of dresser into a beautiful bench that can be used anywhere in the house or in the lawn.
I got this idea from a Pinterest post. The final product looks so beautiful that I just couldn’t wait to make one for myself. This was somewhat a different experience from my other regular DIY projects as it doesn’t involve making something from scratch, but turning an existing wood piece into another one. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much and the final product was very satisfying. The tutorial I used is linked below.
Isn’t this amazing that instead of having to throw that old furniture piece away, you can now reuse it to build something even more beautiful? If you do not like this particular idea, there are many other re-purposeful furniture items you can build from an old dresser. Just search the internet for other DIY project ideas. Here is a link to the video tutorial that explains the same procedure in a more practical manner that you can easily follow through.
Feel free to share the pictures of your final product in the comments below.
17) Old Door Picture Frame
Here, I am writing about another DIY project that involves the use of an old furniture piece. I think that the idea of reusing and recycling old furniture has got to me. Anyways, I am starting to love it. This project involves using an old door to build a beautiful multi picture frame, as you can see in the image below. This frame looks really wonderful and can be used to hold many pictures at a time.
Turning an old door into a photo frame is another easy woodwork project. All you need is an old door and some woodworking tools and items. I am here sharing the link to the source tutorial that explains the step by step procedure for building a picture frame from an old wooden door. This tutorial was originally written by Tracy Snyder at athomewithsweett.blogspot.com who also tells you what items you may need and where to find them. If you haven’t already got an old door, you can purchase one from websites like Craigslist.
The procedure is very easy to understand and follow for anyone with a little woodworking knowledge. Make sure to collect all the items you need before you start with the project. You may even ask Tracy your queries directly in the comment section of the tutorial post. Or you can ask them here. Either way, I hope that you manage to build this one nicely.