Top 5 Woodworking Projects for Beginners

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Now that you are ready to start woodworking, what in the world should you build?  There are so many options that it’s sometimes difficult to figure out where to begin.  Deciding on which tools are needed, which wood to choose, what finish to use can all be daunting tasks.

Today we’re going to help you out.  Let’s look at 5 projects that are:

  • Easy to build
  • Require minimal tools
  • Can be built using “standard” dimensional lumber from a home improvement store

Project 5 – Sawhorses

  • Why: Building at waist level is the most comfortable way to work.  If you don’t have a workbench, you’ll need someplace to build.  Sawhorses are easy to build, inexpensive, portable and can be used for a variety of purposes.  Throw a scrap board down on top and you instantly have a workbench.
  • Tools Needed: Saw (Miter or Circular), drill (electric or cordless), layout square, tape measure, pencil
  • Materials Needed: 2×4, deck screws
  • Link to plans: http://woodworking.about.com/od/shopequipmentsupplies/ss/woodSawhorses.htm

Project 4 – Workbench

  • Why: While sawhorses are a great start for your shop.  If you continue woodworking a workbench will make your life so much easier.  Here’s a plan that allows you to build a sturdy bench for about $20
  • Tools Needed: Saw (Miter or Circular), Jig Saw, drill (electric or cordless), layout square, tape measure, pencil
  • Materials Needed: 2×4, OSB (Oriented Strand Board), deck screws
  • Link to plans: http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/workshop/bench/below20xl.html

Project 3 – Birdhouse

  • Why: Now that you’ve practiced your building skills, let’s improve your yard a bit.
  • Tools Needed: Saw (Miter or Circular), drill (electric or cordless), tape measure, pencil
  • Materials Needed: Scrap boards (plan is made from scrap 1x12s)
  • Link to plans: http://ana-white.com/2010/05/evicted.html

Project 2 – Chopping Board

Project 1 – Bookcase

  • Why: Every houes needs more storage space.  If you can build a bookcase, you can also build cabinets, dressers, shelves, and many others.  Building a bookcase is great practice for future designs.
  • Tools Needed: Saw (Circular or table), router, pocket-hole jig,
  • Materials Needed: Plywood, 1×6, 1×8 wood (red oak shown in plan)
  • Link to plans: http://www.woodsmithshop.com/download/501/three-in-one-bookcase.pdf  (may require that you enter your email address to access plan) 

What’s your favorite woodworking project around the house?  Let us know below!

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