Woodworking, as difficult it may sound is one of the amazing hobbies that one can have. Apart from having an end product that can be added to your home’s etiquette; woodworking also helps you in enhancing your confidence levels as a person. It is fun, habitable and utterly stimulating as a hobby. However, just like any other practice, woodworking gets better with experience. As there are many different woodworking projects including different materials and plans; here are the 20 interesting woodworking ideas for people of different skill levels.
As you look in any direction at your home, you can find woodworking at every corner. You can see how the wood has been transformed into different elements throughout. Woodworking is nothing but the creation of innovative things like furniture, decorative items, usable objects from different types of wood using different tools and adhesives. You can produce whatever that you have in a brain with the right method and solid materials.
While woodworking is around us for years now, the basic woodworking process started from the cave man, who had nothing but a definite set of tools to build woodworking projects for hunting, shelter and also for cooking. You can read this review of Ted's Woodworking which can help you become an expert from scratch. Throughout the years, there has been a lot of advancement in woodworking that made us create many small scale and large scale wooden projects.
Basics of Woodworking
In Woodworking, hand skill is the most appreciated form of skill which has universal admiration for building the efficiency of woodworking. However, woodworking is not a mystery, and even if you’re new to the business, you can just start tackling simpler projects from the start without being ill-equipped and with a couple of projects or more, you will gain skills that are required to complete the woodworking projects. The 7 basic principles of woodworking are:
- Understand the behaviour of the wood: Before you put a tool on your lumber, you have to understand the way your wood works. You should know the direction of the growth in the plane, the orientation, etc. While the tree is growing, the rings usually build on each other to produce the grain that shows the texture on the boards.
- Sharpen Chisels, Planes and Saws: The myth has been perpetuated by many people that woodwork is a lot of hard work without realising the usage of dull tools. As a woodworker, you should know the axiom of “Let the tool do its work”.
- Get a Hand Plane: The fundamental technique of using tools are very explanatory but no exclusively intuitive. Therefore, by using hand planes with instructions; you can develop the thing for adjusting to make fine cuts instead of coarse ones.
- Pre-lumber the wood with tools: Now that there are many expensive and useless machines available in the market, use the hand tools to prelumber your wood. The artisans usually work with the lumber before processing it with the machines to increase the efficiency and viability.
- Make a Tenon Joint: Tenon Joint is the most basic joint that we see in all types of wood projects. Whenever we have a vertical member say a leg and a horizontal member say a rail, we need to glue them by interlocking them at a 90°.
- Make a Dovetail Joint: The strongest joint is the best way to attach corners. Out of all the features that are admirable and unique about woodworking, the dovetail joint will leave you in awe. It is made of wedges that are shaped as tails mating into pins of another member with a sided cut.
- Finishing: Finishing is the most important thing in a woodworking project. Finishing not only beautifies and also protects the woodworking projects but are also so hard to do if you don’t have any experience. You should either rub them with oil or use some finishing to get done.
20 Interesting Woodworking Ideas
1. Backyard Lounger
Almost similar to Adirondack chair, this backyard lounger can sit in your backyard and provide you with a greater view in the evening times. It is very simple to construct and will only take around one hour or so if built with right tools and techniques. All you need is few lumber foot pieces that are of your preferred size, and you can build an appropriate lounger. You don’t need high cost CNC machines, but only a cordless drill and a circular saw in order to build this lounger. Starting with cutting the lumber, you can just sub-assemble everything and glue/nail accordingly to get this done in a sophisticated way.
2. Chess Board
Out of all the interesting woodworking projects, a chessboard is one that is plainly the simplest and can give you more satisfaction and fun with the little amount of effort invested in it. You can also use it as a checker board as it involves only a tedious process of cutting the lumber and simply gluing it. All you have to do is cut 64 squares of wood of two different types (32 each) and it only requires few couple of hours to get done with it.
3. Almirah Box
Almost looking like a dovetail joint, the box joint is one of the most used joints in the woodworking business. You can get it right just by being precise about the measurements after preparing a layout. It might take some time, but it is entirely strong and worth the effort you’re putting in. You can make jigs of different sizes and anchor them to the wall to hold things, plants, books or the decorative items and create a whole new wall that is visually appealing as well. You can also use the boxes in order to organize things in your kitchen/kitchenette or the living room.
Every workshop in the world requires a pair of sawhorses either for support or as scaffolding. They are used to support the lumber or for painting the door. By placing a plywood board on the top; they can act as the legs of a table as well. There are many designs that you can find on the internet right from the basic to the advanced, and all of them just need the plywood boards that can be cut and be stacked. You can also make the sawhorses out of the scrap from your previous projects given the length required is matched.
5. Wooden Wagon
A quintessential gift that you can give to the kids irrespective of the age or to people of any age to be used, given the digital inscriptions. Either the wooden wagon can be used as a toy wagon or as a functional wagon with different properties. It doesn’t have to have any batteries and therefore can never be worn out. As the wagon has been in existence for ages and is still prominent, it doesn’t wear out as well. It doesn’t go out of the use or style. Your kids will not only haul the wagon with the dog tied to it, but you can also build a well that keeps your kid entertained.
A Workbench can not only be utilitarian but also can be handcrafted beautifully with lots of ornamentation. Not only functional, but it also adds a sense of beauty to your home. Workbench is indeed the simplest project but is yet found in many woodworking studios as one of the basic projects. The designs excel at the pleasing cutting, accurate proportions and crisp lines. Most importantly, the work bench can be used for multiple purposes making it stand out.
Why would anyone want to build a structure that doesn’t protect you from rain or the wind? The maximum protection that it offers is from the mid sun (that too, partially). Why should anyone put effort into building a pergola? Well, Putting the fact aside that you can always cover the roof with thatches and make it look vernacular; pergolas are the best structures with absent walls to define the outer space without defining the solid boundaries.
It provides a connection and a blend between your interior and exterior spaces. The common landscaping feature in most of the homes, pergolas belong to the Renaissance period and was found most in the Italian homes and later are adopted throughout the world to cover the walkways or to serve as arbours. Today, there are many creative pergola designs existing in the world that act as attractive architectural elements.
8. Baby Boat Cradle
If you are looking forward to have a new addition to your family, then this is the perfect woodworking project that you should be working on. This is the perfect way that you can use your skills and creativity and turn it into the most beautiful little cradle for your baby. Not only fun, it also contains an emotional quotient as you are making it with your own hands for the baby. You can as well learn a lot of things including the curve making, bending etc. The Cradle can be customized based on your own preferences and with further implications based on how and when you want to use it.
9. Wine Rack
A device that is used to store the wine in an organised way, the racks can be built of many alternative materials; but wood is the first and the best. The size will depend on the number of the wine bottles that you want it to hold and also based on the size of the bottles as well. You can also have more than wine racks built and then allow some space in your home to change it as your wine cellar. All the private homes with lavish wine collections need a wine rack that is made of wood to give a luxurious and royal look.
10. Book Stand
Are you one of those logophiles who can’t refrain yourself from buying books that too when you realise that you don’t have adequate space to store them in your library/home? Well, in such case; you can make your very own book stand made of the wooden log and few wood boards and convert it into display furniture as well. All you have to do is build this beautiful bookstand and add some visually pleasing elements to it and stack the stand with books before placing it or after placing it in your living room.
11. Wood Basins
Wooden kitchens are the best that you could have. After having a hectic day, coming to the wooden kitchen and spending an evening in the kitchen while cooking as well. The wooden designs can transform the appeal and the mood of the home and as well as the people residing in it. One of those designs is these uniquely crafted wooden basins that don’t have even rich wood. Just get hold of the fresh basic wood and then craft them into basins to surround them with finished facades while keeping the basins raw. You can also try giving different textures to make them look even more winsome.
12. Tree Swings
Hanging seats are the best that we find in playgrounds, backyards and porches. Not only meant for playing, they are the best furniture elements that provide relaxing and can also be used both as outdoor and as well as indoor furniture. Suspended from the trees, the wooden swings allow either one or more than one person to sit on it and swing. The swings can be customised with ropes, ladders, poles or any other play items as well. The tree swings will only take couple of hours to make, if you go with the basic seaters and can last for a real long.
13. Guitar Stand/Chair
Have you ever taught how cool you appear when you’re grooving some strings and trying to sound new? Well, in case if you already have and are searching for newer ways to look cooler; you can start working on a DIY Guitar wood project. Not only you can pass some time, have some fun; but you can also attach yourself a bit more with your guitar than you already are attached. This ideal Guitar stands cum chair will take few days given the right tools and techniques and will stand tall in your studio.
14. Post Holder
Do you have a mini post office or the post holder at your home? Are you bored of fixing the same default design box on your gate or your wall? Well, you can get rid of All you need few plywood boards, and you can create a pleasing post holder with creepers or plantations around in order to give a welcoming look as well. While this holder design is meant to be open, you can also change it to closed by adding a locker or a lid on the top to maintain your privacy. The same can be applied to create an address number or a nameplate as well.
15. Mountain Ring Box
All set to propose your girl of dreams? How much did you spend on buying that ring that you have always dreamt of giving her? Well, how much are you gonna spend on making a unique box that contains your happiness? What if I tell you that you can make your ring box in order to enhance the sentimental value that the ring holds with her name or both of your names carved on the box so that she would keep the box treasured along with the ring for her life? Get set with this little DIY project and make a lifetime memory.
16. Table Coasters
These table coasters here are a unique addition to your kitchen. In case if you are having a small scale party with all the aviators, you can enthral them at the dinner with these propeller coasters which can serve as the base for vessels, bottles and boxes. When not using, you can just house them in a cylinder made of either wood or metal in order to make an aeroplane standing in the middle of your dining table as a decoration piece. It is also one of the best handmade gifts that you can give to a pilot or a wannabe.
17. Wood Candle Holders
The unique candle holders mostly made out of Birchwood are what you should have in your home, especially when you have plans for a romantic dinner or a date night in the dark. They are very easy to make, and you only need a wooden log which is alive. Start with taking the inner part of the wood out and by making the wood hollow, fill the partitioned logs with candle wax by burning candles into them. Now, lit the candle at the top and see them last longer without burning away. You can also paint or add some fun elements based on the purpose you’re using them. For example, add some bells, rings and red decorations if it’s Christmas.
18. Wood Painting
Do you know that you only need some scrap wood and few colours to make an art piece of your own? Well, check out this DIY art project to make your interior look elegant a bit more than it already is. Initially, start making a wooden frame that acts as the holder for the art piece and then makes the townscape by adding few blocks of wood and attaching them in layers. Paint the background and the blocks to create the skyline and the building line, and you now have an art piece that contains impressionism.
19. Wooden Spoons
We have heard all our lives that wooden crafts are cheap to make. However, the more we create the wooden crafts, the more our interiors and exteriors get to spice up. We can create more accents and decorating items that are not only for display but also can give functional benefits. Wooden spoons are one such kind of wooden crafts that can be used with old utensils and you can create an antique setting for the dinner party.
20. Bird House
Listing out at last, Bird House is a bit difficult to make; given the design and the difficult plan it holds. The bird house should be constructed with a lot of patience and effort as it is not just any craft but the shelter that you’re giving to your bird. Measurements and precision in cutting come into the picture because of the comfort that you have to provide to your bird. So, choose the design that is most compatible with your pet on the web and start working on it effective immediately.
That being said, all these 20 interesting woodworking projects can provide you with incredible fun and are also helpful in providing attachmental value, boosting confidence and also in developing the woodworking skills. Start with the one that you think you would be able to complete or the one that you need in your home and proceed with the rest one by one.