Top 100 Quick & Cool Woodworking Projects for Beginners

Based on our research and reviews, here are the easiest woodworking projects for beginners:

Many people get too cocky when it comes to DIYs—they take on huge projects too early and they end up failing or hiring a professional to do it instead.

Non-reliable sources may be at fault when they provide “beginner projects” that are actually not beginner-friendly. We don’t want to waste your time and money on something like that, so we’ve done the hard part for you and compiled the best woodworking projects for beginners.

We know you want a ton of ideas to set off your woodworking journey to a great start. Read on to see our beginner’s list of the Best Woodworking DIY Projects –  with quick, simple, and easy-to-understand schemes that any newbie would understand.

100 Beginners Woodworking Projects:

1. Simple Wall Shelf

Simple Shelf

2. Porch or garden table

Porch or garden table

3. Sofa Sleeve and Cup Holder

Sofa Sleeve and Cup Holder

4. Candle Holder

Beginner Woodworking Candle Holder Project

5. Wooden Media Box

Media Box

6. Address Number Wall Planter

Address Number Planter

7. Cookbook Stand or Tablet Holder

Cookbook Stand or Tablet Holder

8. Scrap Plywood Candle Holders

Scrap Plywood Candle Holders



9. Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder

10. Tree Swing

Tree Swing

11. DIY Wine Rack

DIY Wooden Wine holder

12. Pencil Holder

Pencil Holder



13. Welcome Mat

Welcome Mat

14. Scarf Hanger

Scarf Hanger

15. Lazy Susan

Lazy Susan

16. Cedar Planter

Cedar Planter

17. Hanging Basket Stand

Hanging Basket Stand

18. Wood Wall Art

Art Decor

19. Triangle Mirror

Triangle Mirror

20. Bookends


21. Over-the-sink wood shelf

Over-the-sink shelf

22. Basic Drawer

Basic Drawer

23. Bottle Vase

Bottle Vase

24. Office Supply Tray

Office Supply Tray



25. Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar

26. Side Table

Side Table

27. Wooden Toolbox


28. Framed Burlap Sign

Framed Burlap Sign

29. Wooden Arrow


30. Bowling Lane

Bowling Lane

31. Ironing Board Holder

Ironing Board Holder

32. Vegetable Storage Bin With Divider

Vegetable Storage Bin With Divider

33. Planter Pot and Table Combo

Planter Pot and Table Combo

34. Wooden Shiplap Placemats

Shiplap Placemats

35. Pet Bed

Pet Bed

36. Hammer Coat Rack

Hammer Coat Holder

37. Shiplap Wall Key Holder

Shiplap Key Holder

38. Drawer Divider Insert

Drawer Divider Insert

39. Tiered Planter

Tiered Planter

40. Bar Stool

Bar Stool

41. Hanging Garden

Hanging Garden

42. Mid-Century Inspired Plant Hanger

Mid-Century Inspired Plant Hanger

43. Do-It-Yourself Clothes Rack

Hanging solution for Clothes

Credit: Chloe Larkin

44. Minimal X-shaped Coasters

Minimal X-shaped Coasters

45. Glasses and Wine Bottle Holder

Glasses and Wine Bottle Holder

46. Blanket Ladder

Blanket Ladder

47. Tiered Garden Shelf

Tiered Garden Shelf

48. Pieced Wood Headboard Tutorial

Pieced Wood Headboard Tutorial



49. Wine Caddy

Caddy for WInes

50. Wood Star

DIY Stars Using Wood Glue

51. Mug Holder

Mug Holder

52. Handmade Ruler

Handmade Ruler

53. Storage Cubbies

Storage Cubbies needing Basic Stuff like Wood Glue

54. Stools


55. Chair Drink Holder

Chair Drink Holder

56. Utensil Organizer

Utensil Organizer


57. Outdoor Chalkboard

Outdoor Chalkboard

58. Napkin Rings

Napkin Rings

59. Ring Toss

Ring Toss

60. Football Toss

Football Toss

61. Circle Shelf

Circle Shelf

62. Makeup Storage

Makeup Storage

63. Plant Stand

Plant Stand

64. Bike Organization

Bike stands

65. Rustic Wood Mirror Frame

Rustic Mirror Frame

66. Long Hexagon Tray

Long Hexagon Tray

67. Napkin Holder

Napkin Holder

68. Lamp


69. Wooden Keyholder


70. Pocket Business Card Holder

Pocket Business Card Holder

71. Do It Yourself Wood Round Headboard

DIY Round Headboard

72. X-shaped Magazine Holder

X-shaped Magazine Holder

73. Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves

74. Wood Slice Photo Transfer

DIY Slice Photo Transfer

75. Bathtub Shelf

Bathtub Shelf

76. Wooden Shoe Rack


77. Marbled Clay Hooks

Marbled Clay Hooks

78. Floating Bookshelves

Floating Bookshelves

79. Wooden Baby Gym

Baby Gym

80. Earring Stand

Earring Stand

81. Wall-Mounted Desk


82. Upholstered X-Bench

Upholstered X-Bench

83. Bamboo Wind Chime

Bamboo Wind Chime

84. Teapot/Hotpot Stand

Teapot/Hotpot Stand

85. Oak Book Stand

Oak Book Stand

86. Whittled Peg Rack

Whittled Peg

87. Lantern


88. Modern Mason Bee House

Modern Mason Bee House

89. Hanging Table

Hanging side-table

90. Minimal Wood Spice Rack

Minimal Spice Holder

91. Rustic Pencil Holder

Rustic Pencil Holder

92. Wooden Edison Bulb Table Lamp

Edison Bulb Lamp

93. Wooden iPhone Dock

iPhone Dock

94. Leather and Wood Mail Organizer

Mail Organizer

95. Hammock Stand

Hammock Stand

96. Corbel Sconce Lights

Corbel Sconce Lights

97. Circular Rope Swing

Circular Rope Swing

98. Nightstand

Strong build Nightstand

99. Wind Spinner

Wind Spinner

100. Rustic Photo Display

Rustic Photo Display

Woodworking Journey

Woodworking may be pretty intimidating, especially for people who don’t have a clue when to use a chainsaw or which wood to use. Carpentry techniques and power tools (e.g. professional hybrid saws) are sometimes really complicated, especially when used to build a project at home.

However, not all experts made their way through their woodworking journey already knowing what a jigsaw is for (top reviews here) and how it is different from a reciprocating saw; nor did they perfect their first beveled cut or got all their measurements correctly. Many great woodworkers started from home where they needed to get help to find their way as they build furniture.

There’s nothing wrong about choosing to build small projects first. And who says you have to build a massive tree house or a complicated piece, anyway? Woodworking and DIY projects at home don’t always have to be made on a larger scale, especially for beginners. You can create something with a 1-sheet plywood, and it would give you beautiful results while being easy at the same time.

In any craft, you have to take baby steps to get you to mastery. For woodworking, the key to starting that journey is actually learning woodworking for beginners, even at home. And if you need to get help or search for a mentor, you can find sources online.

There are simple woodworking plans for beginners that don’t need a lot of tools to build and wouldn’t take a lot of your time. These plans are great for newbies because they can be made with simpler items. And hey, you don’t even need to have a great hybrid saw to make or build something. You can even get anything from this list and build a great DIY project with kids, regardless of whether they have their own wooden kits to build.

*Note: the difficulty level of all the following do-it-yourself woodshop ideas is at beginner/easy level only. Thus, those who want to search for more complicated projects may find these beginner woodworking projects too basic.

On the other hand, all newbies and beginners can feel comfortable trying out any of the following, and if you got time on your hands, challenge yourself and build more than a few woodwork projects if you can. You won’t need complicated and professional tools like a table saw to make great projects like these.


Woodworking doesn’t have to be complicated. There are a lot of simple woodworking projects you can build when you are at the starting/beginner phase and some of them are even profitable. Even with just a few tools and your best scroll saw, you can build a simple wood item at home without complicated plans.  Once you get the hang of it, you can work your way to creating woodwork projects that can sell.

These 100 easy woodworking projects are just a portion of all possible small wood projects for beginners that you can make. You don’t have to produce perfect results after you make these basic projects. After all, you’re still a woodworking beginner.

Many of these easy DIY wood projects aren’t just decorative; they can be really functional, too. So go ahead and get your woodworking tools ready, and start taking each easy wood project for beginners at a time. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to build or make something that you can share with others. On the other hand, if you’re looking to improve your skills, Woodworkers Guild Of America is a good resource.