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Easy Woodworking Projects for Beginners

Use basic tools to make one of these easy woodworking projects! You’ll get over 50 unique ideas that are perfect for DIY beginners.

Easy Woodworking Projects

I’m going to be honest, woodworking is intimidating. At least as far as I’m concerned. My thought process is that once I put saw to wood, it’s all over.

If I mess up, then what’s done cannot be undone. I don’t know why it’s so final in my mind, but I’ve always been intimidated. I don’t think I’m the only one?

Interestingly enough, the thing that helps with woodworking intimidation is the same thing that helps in a lot of other areas in life – jumping in.

I’m going to encourage you to check out the projects below, select something that you like, and utilize the supply list to get what you need.

ALL of these ideas are great for beginners, depending on how “beginner” of a project you’d like to tackle.

What is a good first woodworking project?

My advice is to start with something that has a lot of right angles! You’ll want a project with simple, straight cuts and no-nonsense ways of joining the wood together.

My favorites from the list are the outdoor bench (#1), bathroom mirror frame (#3), drawer divider (#6), the candle holders (#35), or the wood tray (#44).

Where can I get free woodworking plans?

I get free plans from a variety of sources – bloggers, magazines, and manufacturer sites. I’d check Pinterest, and lots of websites for the tools have sample projects you can make with them (like Rockler, Kreg Jig, etc). One of my favorite blogs for woodworking plans is Ana White.

Yes, I still read magazines. There’s something about the printed page I love. The top woodworking magazines are listed here. “Wood” magazine is really good.

Beginner woodworking projects anyone can do

What can I make out of wood to sell?

Once you get the hang of woodworking, you can sell just about anything you make! People like wood trays, candle holders, caddies, benches, birdhouses, wood letters, toys, plant hangers, boxes, and frames.

What can I make from scrap wood?

Look for smaller woodworking projects when you’ve got little pieces of wood. I have a box to hold scraps, and it’s somewhat sorted by size. Then I just grab what I need.

Projects on this list that I feel are good for wood scraps are the beverage caddy (#2), the plant hanger (#13), the hanging storage (#15), and the birdhouse (#31).


Before You Begin

Two last things I ask before you do jump in is that you: 1) get yourself some proper woodworking safety equipment and 2) read the manuals for your woodworking tools and observe all of the safety guidelines and requirements forthwith (I love that word).

If you’re ready to get the projects, grab your wood glue, scroll down, and get your list of easy woodworking ideas! Then let me know what you’re going to try in the comments.

Easy Woodworking Projects

You're going to love these easy beginner woodworking projects, perfect for newbies! Get a bunch of ideas for things to make for your entire home, from benches to tables to shelving and more.


I’d love to know what you think about all of these DIY wood projects in the comments! You should also take a practice run with your power tools on scrap wood if you have never used them before.

I have guides for an electric sander, jigsaw, Kreg jig, router, and reciprocating saw that you can read to familiarize yourself with these tools as well.

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Ahmad Saremi

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

I learnt an enjoy from it. Thank you so much.

Prospero Repollo

Friday 16th of July 2021

Very nice and informative

and practical too.