A roundup of easy but stylish wood projects for your home! These projects are perfect for beginners and use basic woodworking tools.
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Looking for some easy wood projects that you can finish up in a day? Or how about an hour? And with basic tools? And inexpensive wood?
Oh, and most of them require nothing more than cheap scrap wood.
Call me plain and simple but I really like working with Pine and I think it stains beautifully.
I hope these projects inspire you to try and make something beautiful for your home. Trust me – the hardest part is metaphorically “picking up the hammer.” Just get started and things will start rolling from there.
In fact, last year around this time, I rarely picked up a drill. Anything that needed to be done around the house, I usually called my hubby in. But not anymore! In just under a year’s time, I’ve built up the confidence to complete projects and fix things around the house myself.
Now, I keep a running list of projects that I want to make for the house. And of course, share with you here!
So let’s get going.
- Recommended Woodworking Tools and Supplies
- Easy Wood Projects
- 1. Simple Wood Bench
- 2. Spice Drawer Risers
- 3. Kids Toy Box
- 4. easy Board and Batten Walls
- 5. Small Wood Stool
- 6. Wood Pedestal
- 7. Succulent Planter Box
- 8. Farmhouse Coat Rack
- 9. Peg Rail
- 10. Wood Bookends
- 11. Garden Trellis
- 12. Kids Activity Table
- 13. DIY Wood Lanterns
- 14. Shaker Peg Rack with Shelf
- 15. DIY Wood Laundry Countertop
- Favorite Resources/Inspiration for Woodworking
Recommended Woodworking Tools and Supplies
- Table Saw / Power Hand Saw / Circular Saw
- Drill and Drill Bit Set
- Forstner Bit Set (Or Spade Bit Set)
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Orbital Sander
- Wood Clamps
- Tape Measure – (see how to read a tape measure)
- Wood Glue and Construction Adhesive Like Liquid Nails
- Brad Nailer and Nails
- Pneumatic Stapler
Easy Wood Projects
1. Simple Wood Bench
This wood bench will take you a few hours but once you know how to make it you open up a world of possibilities for more benches in different sizes! Make one for your entryway or the end of a bed.
2. Spice Drawer Risers
You can buy spice risers but I’m kind of partial to the pretty wood ones that are custom made for your drawer. Grab some cheap pine wood and get organized!
3. Kids Toy Box
These toy boxes are perfect for organizing stuffed animals, blocks or any other toy that needs to be corralled in your kids rooms. It’s on caster wheels so it can be pulled around the room to make clean-up a breeze.
4. easy Board and Batten Walls
This tutorial calls for garden lattice – yes, you read that right. Cheap lattice can transform boring walls into stylish molding. This is not hard! Very minimal cuts and mostly attached with construction adhesive.
5. Small Wood Stool
I love these stools! My dad and I put this one together and while this is the most challenging project on this list, it’s still very doable and sturdy as heck. There are so many uses for stools; seats, step stool, plant stand and more!
6. Wood Pedestal
Not a stool – a pedestal. And a stylish one that doesn’t cost a fortune. I made one for my bathroom and one for my kitchen. Life feels a little more luxurious when things are elevated on a pedestal.
7. Succulent Planter Box
Someone on Instagram asked me if my succulents were still alive and they actually are – which is kind of amazing since I neglected them for a good bit. The planter box is also still holding up and adds rustic charm to your tables. Don’t want to worry about plant life? This project is also perfect for faux succulents.
8. Farmhouse Coat Rack
Sometimes the easiest projects can be the most charming. Aside from the stool, this is one of my favorite projects. I took a cheap piece of pine and attached some old hooks.
I love how antique this looks and it’s functional too. Whether you want to actually hang coats on it or just use it for decor (like me!) – you will love this project.
9. Peg Rail
If you are into rustic/farmhouse decor, I’m a firm believer that you can put a peg rail in any room and it will look great. This tutorial shows you two ways to make one (including one with screw in pegs – did you know those exist!?)
10. Wood Bookends
This was one of the first wood projects I ever made and I was so proud of myself afterward.
These bookends came together with two pieces of molding from the hardware store. You can decorate and paint them to fit in with your decor.
11. Garden Trellis
Apparently I can’t stay away from garden lattice. A simple garden trellis tutorial that will give you privacy as well as place for your climbing plants to grow.
12. Kids Activity Table
These kids activity tables can cost a fortune! But I made mine out of some plywood and premade legs that you can pick up at the hardware store. This table is perfect for legos, drawing, reading and eating!
13. DIY Wood Lanterns
You can totally make these charming, rustic wood lanterns for your porch and decor out of scrap wood! You can also make it even easier on yourself by buying the square dowels already made, then just cutting them to the dimensions you want.
14. Shaker Peg Rack with Shelf
This shaker peg rack with a shelf is a bit of a play off the traditional peg rail. An added shelf is perfect for holding layered artwork, greenery, and more. And yes – this can be made with all scrap wood!
15. DIY Wood Laundry Countertop
If you have a front loading washer and dryer, you can make a fully functional counter for holding laundry accessories and folding your clothes. This countertop was made from 1×10 boards and a piece of plywood.
Favorite Resources/Inspiration for Woodworking
While I learned a lot about woodworking from my dad and my husband, here are a few of my favorite resources for learning even more.
- Woodworking for Mere Mortals – easy to follow and so many great tips! He has a great teaching style.
- Ana White Woodworking – she is amazing! I think she has a tutorial for just about everything too.
- Pretty Handy Girl – You will love Brittany as much as I do. So many amazing projects on her site and she has a great way of teaching beginners.
I tend to make things that I want to buy. If I see a pretty side table or stool, I try to figure out a way to make one first. Or, I see if I can thrift it. Sometimes that can be the cheaper option since lumber prices are a little insane right now.
I’ll be sure to add more easy wood projects to this list as I complete them. And trust me, I have quite the list of things I want to try out. I encourage you to give it a go!
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