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.

But before we proceed, here’s a huge collection of woodworking plans if you are on the hunt for a more diverse selection of easy, average, and complex wood projects to challenge your skills. Click the button to see more details.

100 BEGINNERS WOODWORKING PROJECTS

1. SIMPLE WALL SHELF

Simple Wall Shelf
Simple Wall Shelf instructions

2. Porch Or Garden Table

Porch Or Garden Table
Porch Or Garden Table instructions

3. Sofa Sleeve and Cup Holder

Sofa Sleeve and Cup Holder
Sofa Sleeve and Cup Holder instructions

4. Candle Holder

Candle Holder
Candle Holder instructions

5. Wooden Media Box

Wooden Media Box
Wooden Media Box instructions

6. Address Number Wall Planter

Wooden Media BoxAddress Number Wall Planter
Address Number Wall Planter address

7. Cookbook Stand or Tablet Holder

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8. Scrap Plywood Candle Holders

Scrap Plywood Candle Holders
Scrap Plywood Candle Holders instruction

9. BIRD FEEDER

bird feeder
bird feeder instructions

10. Tree Swing

Tree Swing
Tree Swing instructions

11. DIY Wine Rack

DIY Wine Rack
DIY Wine Rack instruction

12. Pencil Holder

Pencil Holder
pencil holder instructions

13. Welcome Mat

Welcome Mat
Welcome Mat instructionss

14. Scarf Hanger

Scarf Hanger
Scarf Hanger instructions

15. Lazy Susan

Lazy Susan
Lazy Susan instructions

16. Cedar Planter

Cedar Planter
Cedar Planter instructions

17. Hanging Basket Stand

Hanging Basket Stand
Hanging Basket Stand instructions

18. Wood Wall Art

Wood Wall Art
Wood Wall Art instructions

19. Triangle Mirror

Triangle Mirror
Triangle Mirror instructions

20. Bookends

Bookends
Bookends instructions

21. Over-The-Sink Wood Shelf

Over-The-Sink Wood Shelf
Over-The-Sink Wood Shelf instructions

22. Basic Drawer

Basic Drawer
Basic Drawer instructions

23. Bottle Vase

Bottle Vase
Bottle Vase instructions

24. Office Supply Tray

Office Supply Tray
Office Supply Tray instructions

25. Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar
coffee bar instructions

26. Side Table

Side Table
Side Table instructions

27. Wooden Toolbox

Wooden Toolbox
Wooden Toolbox instructions

28. Framed Burlap Sign

Framed Burlap Sign
Framed Burlap Sign instructionsq

29. Wooden Arrow

Wooden Arrow
Wooden Arrow instructions

30. Bowling Lane

Bowling Lane
Bowling Lane instructions

31. Ironing Board Holder

Ironing Board Holder
Ironing Board Holder instructions

32. Vegetable Storage Bin With Divider

Vegetable Storage Bin With Divider
Vegetable Storage Bin With Divider instructions

33. Planter Pot and Table Combo

Planter Pot and Table Combo
Planter Pot and Table Combo instructions

34. Wooden Shiplap Placemats

Wooden Shiplap Placemats
Wooden Shiplap Placemats instructions

35. Pet Bed

Pet Bed
Pet Bed instructions

36. Hammer Coat Rack

Hammer Coat Rack
Hammer Coat Rack instructins

37. Shiplap Wall Key Holder

Shiplap Wall Key Holder
Shiplap Wall Key Holder instructions

38. Drawer Divider Insert

Drawer Divider Insert
Drawer Divider Insert instructions

39. Tiered Planter

Tiered Planter
Tiered Planter instructions

40. Bar Stool

Bar Stool
Bar Stool instructions

41. Hanging Garden

Hanging Garden
Hanging Garden instructions

42. Mid-Century Inspired Plant Hanger

Mid-Century Inspired Plant Hanger
Mid-Century Inspired Plant Hanger instructions

43. Do-It-Yourself Clothes Rack

Do-It-Yourself Clothes Rack
Do-It-Yourself Clothes Rack instructions

Credit: Chloe Larkin

44. Minimal X-Shaped Coasters instructions

Minimal X-Shaped Coasters

45. Glasses And Wine Bottle Holder

Glasses And Wine Bottle Holder
Glasses And Wine Bottle Holder instructions

46. Blanket Ladder

Blanket Ladder
Blanket Ladder instructions

47. Tiered Garden Shelf

Tiered Garden Shelf
Tiered Garden Shelf instructions

48. Pieced Wood Headboard Tutorial

Pieced Wood Headboard
Pieced Wood Headboard Tutorial instructions

49. Wine Caddy

Wine Caddy
Wine Caddy instructions

50. Wood Star

Wood Star
Wood Star instructions

51. Mug Holder instructions

Mug Holder
Mug Holder instructions

52. Handmade Ruler

Handmade Ruler
Handmade Ruler instructions

53. Storage Cubbies

Storage Cubbies
Storage Cubbies instructions

54. Stools

Stools
Stools instructions

55. Chair Drink Holder

Chair Drink Holder
Chair Drink Holder instructions

56. Utensil Organizer

Utensil Organizer

57. Outdoor Chalkboard

Outdoor Chalkboard
Outdoor Chalkboard instructions

58. Napkin Rings

Napkin Rings
Napkin Rings instructions

59. Ring Toss

Ring Toss
Ring Toss instructions

60. Football Toss

Football Toss
Ring Toss instructions

61. Circle Shelf

Circle Shelf
Circle Shelf instructions

62. MAKEUP STORAGE

Makeup Storage
Makeup Storage instructions

63. Plant Stand

Plant Stand
Plant Stand instructions

64. Bike Organization

Bike Organization
Bike Organization instructions

65. Rustic Wood Mirror Frame instructions

Rustic Wood Mirror Frame
Rustic Wood Mirror Frame instructions

66. Long Hexagon Tray

Long Hexagon Tray
Long Hexagon Tray instructions

67. Napkin Holder

Napkin Holder
Napkin Holder instructions

68. Lamp

Lamp
Lamp instructions

69. Wooden Keyholder

Wooden Keyholder
Wooden Keyholder instructions

70. Pocket Business Card Holder

Pocket Business Card Holder
Pocket Business Card Holder instructions

71. Do It Yourself Wood Round Headboard

Do It Yourself Wood Round Headboard
Do It Yourself Wood Round Headboard instructions

72. X-Shaped Magazine Holder

X-Shaped Magazine Holder

73. Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelves

Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelves
Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelves instructions

74. Wood Slice Photo Transfer intstructions

Wood Slice Photo Transfer
Wood Slice Photo Transfer intstructions

75. Bathtub Shelf instructions

Bathtub Shelf

76. WOODEN SHOE RACK

Wooden Shoe Rack
Wooden Shoe Rack instructions

77. Marbled Clay Hooks instructions

Marbled Clay Hooks
Marbled Clay Hooks instructions

78. Floating Bookshelves

Floating Bookshelves
Floating Bookshelves instructions

79. Wooden Baby Gym

Wooden Baby Gym
Wooden Baby Gym instructions

80. Earring Stand

Earring Stand
Earring Stand instructions

81. Wall-Mounted Desk

Wall-Mounted Desk
Wall-Mounted Desk instructions

82. Upholstered X-Bench isntructions

Upholstered X-Bench
Upholstered X-Bench isntructions

83. Bamboo Wind Chime

Bamboo Wind Chime
Bamboo Wind Chime instructions

84. Teapot/Hotpot Stand

Teapot/Hotpot Stand
Teapot Hotpot Stand instructions

85. Oak Book Stand

Oak Book Stand
Oak Book Stand instructions

86. Whittled Peg Rack

Whittled Peg Rack
Whittled Peg Rack instructions

87. Lantern

Lantern
Lantern instructions

88. Modern Mason Bee House

Modern Mason Bee House
Modern Mason Bee House instructions

89. Hanging Table

Hanging Table
Hanging Table instructions

90. Minimal Wood Spice Rack

Minimal Wood Spice Rack
Minimal Wood Spice Rack instructions

91. Rustic Pencil Holder

Rustic Pencil Holder
Rustic Pencil Holder instructions

92. Wooden Edison Bulb Table Lamp

Wooden Edison Bulb Table Lamp
Wooden Edison Bulb Table Lamp instructions

93. Wooden Iphone Dock

Leather And Wood Mail Organizer
Wooden Iphone Dock instructions

94. Leather And Wood Mail Organizer

Wooden Iphone Dock
Leather And Wood Mail Organizer instructions

95. Hammock Stand

Hammock Stand
Hammock Stand instructions

96. Corbel Sconce Lights

Corbel Sconce Lights
Corbel Sconce Lights instructions

97. Circular Rope Swing

Circular Rope Swing
Circular Rope Swing instructions

98. Nightstand

Nightstand
Nightstand instructions

99. Wind Spinner

Wind Spinner
Wind Spinner instructions

100. Rustic Photo Display

Rustic Photo Display
Rustic Photo Display instructions

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 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 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.

student in woodworking class

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.

CONCLUSION

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.  

 

woodworking project for kids

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. 

Looking for some more inspiration? Check out these woodworking pictures.

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/oak-book-stand-free-woodworking-plans-3537041
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/make-a-bamboo-wind-chime-3537038
https://www.thekimsixfix.com/2015/09/a-coat-rack-made-from-hammers.html
https://www.theinspiredhive.com/2015/10/balsa-wood-napkin-holder.html
https://www.tagandtibby.com/blog/2017/2/10/diy-rustic-wood-mirror-frame
https://www.skiptomylou.org/diy-scarf-hanger/
https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2017/03/diy-corbel-sconce-light-25.html
https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2016/12/diy-wine-caddy-and-youtube-video.html
https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2016/11/diy-mug-holder-youtube-video.html
https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2014/07/diy-address-number-wall-planter.html
https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/11/diy-12-pet-bed.html
https://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/07/hanging-basket-wood-stand.html
https://www.remodelaholic.com/pieced-wood-headboard-tutorial/
https://www.remodelaholic.com/make-your-own-lazy-susan-diy/
https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/wall-mounted-desk-tutorial/
https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/diy-stacking-storage-cubbies/
https://www.palletuniversity.com/pallet-wall-shelf/
https://www.notjustahousewife.net/reclaimed-wood-floating-shelves/
https://www.mylove2create.com/2017/08/long-hexagon-tray-plans.html
https://www.mylove2create.com/2017/06/diy-ring-toss.html
https://www.momtastic.com/diy/534571-diy-tree-swing-kids-adults/
https://www.minwax.com/wood-projects/accessories/diy-whittled-peg-rack-plans
https://www.marthastewart.com/
https://www.makingjoyandprettythings.com/diy-rustic-photo-display/
https://www.lilyardor.com/diy-nightstand/
https://www.justthewoods.com/scroll-saw-diy-lantern/
https://www.homedit.com/wooden-x-shaped-magazine-holder/
https://www.homedit.com/minimal-x-shaped-coaster-set/
https://www.homedit.com/diy-pencil-holder/
https://www.homedit.com/diy-media-box/
https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/how-to-make-a-modern-tablet-or-cookbook-stand
https://www.hertoolbelt.com/curvy-side-table/
https://www.ehow.com/how_12343832_upcycle-cutting-board-rustic-mail-organizer.html
https://www.curbly.com/17990-make-it-diy-wooden-edison-bulb-table-lamp
https://www.curbly.com/17964-make-it-minimal-wood-spice-rack
https://www.bybrittanygoldwyn.com/make-a-hanging-wooden-key-holder/
https://www.burkatron.com/2017/05/diy-make-up-storage.html
https://www.anikasdiylife.com/tiered-planter-box-plans-tutorial/
https://www.anikasdiylife.com/diy-upholstered-x-bench-2×4-boards/
https://www.anikasdiylife.com/diy-divided-produce-storage-bin/
https://themerrythought.com/diy/diy-wooden-baby-gym/
https://themerrythought.com/diy/diy-hanging-table/
https://themerrythought.com/diy/diy-circle-shelf-2/
https://suncatcherstudio.com/wind-spinners/
https://stowandtellu.com/pallet-wood-over-the-sink-window-shelf/
https://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-pocket-wooden-business-card-holder/
https://sawdustsisters.com/ironing-board-holder/
https://sawdustsisters.com/diy-drawer-divider/
https://sawdustsisters.com/diy-barstool-using-only-2x4s/
https://sawdustgirl.com/diy-rustic-wood-napkin-rings/
https://sawdustgirl.com/diy-gift-idea-handmade-rulers/
https://rogueengineer.com/hd-diy-workshop-football-toss/
https://rogueengineer.com/easy-diy-stool-plans/
https://kellyleighcreates.com/diy-hammock-stand/
https://jenwoodhouse.com/scrap-plywood-candle-holders/
https://jaimecostiglio.com/w-is-for-wood-stars/
https://jaimecostiglio.com/diy-plant-stand-with-free-plans/
https://housefulofhandmade.com/easy-diy-earring-stand/
https://homesteady.com/how-5864573-make-wooden-bookends.html
https://heatherednest.com/homemade-bike-rack/
https://handmade-haven.com/blogs/woodworking/shiplap-placemats
https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/A-Woodworking-Project-For-Kids-A-Tool-Box-Gift-For-Dad
https://dukesandduchesses.com/how-to-make-rope-swing/
https://decorandthedog.net/decorandthedog-2/2014/7/9/how-to-make-your-own-lamp-1
https://cherishedbliss.com/diy-wooden-pencil-holder/
https://cherishedbliss.com/diy-wooden-arrow-tutorial
https://camillestyles.com/uncategorized/transformed-wood-plank-wine-rack/
https://biggerthanthethreeofus.com/mid-century-inspired-diy-plant-hanger/
https://biggerthanthethreeofus.com/diy-triangle-mirror/
https://biggerthanthethreeofus.com/diy-planter-pot-table-combo-patio/
https://biggerthanthethreeofus.com/5-minute-5-dollar-diy-blanket-ladder/
https://biggerthanthethreeofus.com/
https://addicted2diy.com/diy-outdoor-chalkboard/
https://abeautifulmess.com/2017/05/modern-mason-bee-house-diy.html
https://abeautifulmess.com/2015/04/diy-wooden-sofa-sleeve-with-cup-holder.html
https://abeautifulmess.com/2015/04/diy-utensil-organizer.html
https://100things2do.ca/diy-bird-feeder/
http://www.steves-workshop.co.uk/woodwork/potstand/potstandindex.htm
http://www.homemade-modern.com/ep29-hanging-garden/
http://www.downhomeinspiration.com/wine-bottle-and-glasses-holder/
http://www.dorseydesigns.com/fall-porch-and-outdoor-x-table/
http://www.dorseydesigns.com/easy-diy-cedar-planter/
http://www.designsponge.com/2016/01/diy-marbled-clay-hooks.html
http://www.ashleygrenon.com/2015/04/diy-bowling-lane-tutorial/
http://thewhitebuffalostylingco.com/diy-wood-round-headboard/
http://thecwaftyblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/tutorial-friday-tiered-garden-shelf.html
http://snippetsofdesign.com/build-your-own-bathtub-shelf-yes-really/
http://simplycountrylife.blogspot.com/2015/08/framed-burlap-bless-our-home-sign.html
http://simplycountrylife.blogspot.com/2014/01/horseshoes-and-chunk-of-wood-get-new.html
http://scarletwords.com/2013/03/04/86-build-something-from-wood/
http://parentalperspective.com/diy-wood-slice-photo-transfer/
http://nur-noch.com/flaschenvase-bottle-vase/
http://nur-noch.com/diy-coffee-bar/?lang=en
http://itsoverflowing.com/2013/02/build-bookshelves/
http://build-basic.com/build-a-office-supply-tray/
http://build-basic.com/build-a-diy-chair-drink-holder/
http://build-basic.com/build-a-basic-diy-drawer/
http://abubblylife.com/2016/02/diy-wooden-shoe-rack.html/

Robert

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. We can blame it to many sources as well, who promise to provide “beginner projects” but list down complicated plans that are doomed to go to waste.

Here’s a sample of the plan you’ll get per project:

Poker Table

We don’t want to waste your time and money on something that’s low-quality, so we’ve done the hard part for you and compiled the best woodworking projects for beginners. 

100 Beginners Woodworking Projects

Furniture

1. Dresser-Top Organizer

2. Poker Table

3. Maple Chair

4. Slant-Front Bookcase

5. Welsh Stick Chair

6. Countertop Wine Rack

7. Rustic Dining Table

8. Sliding-Top Table

9. Cherry Step Stool

10. Cherry Console

11. Wine Rack

12. Cherry Hutch

13. Stylish Dining Chair

14. Hanging Wall Shelves

15. Baker's Rack

16. Small Home Office

17. Dining Room Buffet

18. Oak Wine Server

19. Craftsman-Style Bar

20. Kitchen Cabinets

Outdoor Projects

21. Trellis with a Twist

22. Double Porch Rocker

23. Garden Bench

24. Patio Serving Cart

25. Bird Feeder

26. Oak Chaise Lounge

27. Butterfly Lighthouse

28. Patio Furniture

29. Log Cabin Birdhouse

30. Garden Shed

31. Garden Arbor

32. Bird Nesting Shelf

33. Window Planter Box

34. Titanic Deck Chair

35. Outdoor Taboret

36. Backyard Playhouse

37. Gravity Bird Feeder

38. Seedling Shelter

39. Outdoor Tray Table

40. Japanese Bench

Gifts

41. Fretwork Picture Frame

42. Salt & Pepper Set

43. Keepsake Box

44. Sculpted Wood Vase

45. Wooden Treasure Box

46. Coaster Set