There’s nothing wrong with beginner woodworking projects. The fact is many people who didn’t have the resources or skills to start their own projects had no clue what they were doing. They may have had an idea that they wanted to build a toy cabin but didn’t really know how. Or perhaps they wanted to build something but didn’t know how to read plans.
No matter what your situation, your beginner woodworking projects won’t be successful if you don’t follow a plan. Often times people will purchase tools that they don’t need. Then they realize they need to buy more tools and equipment when they’re halfway through their project. The plan should include cutting tools, wood glue, screws, nails, hinges, saws, sandpaper and other items that will be needed. By following the plan step-by-step, you’ll avoid costly mistakes and shorten your learning curve.
The first type of beginner woodworking projects are basic pieces of furniture such as a simple table saw. Beginners often make these projects by purchasing a cheap yet durable table saw and then build the pieces to their satisfaction using simple woodworking plans. While this is a simple way to build your project, it doesn’t give you many options. If you want to try something a little more difficult, try building birdhouse frames out of PVC instead of wood. You can also purchase dowels and other materials from a hardware store and then simply use those instead of nuts and bolts in your construction.
Another one of the beginner woodworking projects that many people enjoy building is using scrap wood and simple cutting boards. Most people don’t think about it, but if you use scrap lumber instead of buying expensive materials, you’ll save money. And using scrap lumber makes it easier to customize as you can cut out any specific size piece you need without worrying about measurements. A cutting board is an easy item to build using scrap lumber and simply gluing in your choice of color or pattern.
Another one of the popular beginner woodworking projects for those wanting to learn the basics of woodworking is a birdhouse. Building birdhouses is very easy and takes just a few hours with the right tools. Beginners often start by purchasing simple pieces of wood and building a simple birdhouse on top of that. They may decide to modify the birdhouse once it’s complete by adding a perch or different types of decorations. Simple woodworking projects such as birdhouses can be completed quickly using either power tools or hand tools, depending upon the builder’s preference.
One of the most common beginner woodworking projects is the jigsaw puzzle. Jigsaws are so popular that they almost make woodworkers fear that they’re obsolete. While some older models of jigsaw puzzles are still available, many people simply buy modern versions. A jigsaw puzzle is completed by cutting squares of wood into the appropriate size piece that fits in the corresponding square on the jigsaw. Woodworkers simply need to figure out how to fit the pieces together.
Another project popular among beginners is making DIY upholstered chairs. This is another one of those projects that can be tackled by both experienced and beginner woodworkers, since most of the tools used involve the use of power tools. Of course, one of the first things you must do before attempting this project is to set aside a sufficient amount of time. There are some very challenging aspects to making DIY upholstered chairs that require a great deal of attention to detail. Even for a beginner, this project is not for putting together a scrap book, but rather a way to create something that can either liven up a living room or add to its decor.
One of the easiest wood projects to tackle is making a DIY wall key holder or key chain. If you don’t want to try your hand at the more difficult projects, then this is the right one for you. In case you’ve never seen one of these before, they’re typically a long strip of wood, which runs across the top of a door or desk, holding small USB flash drives or other small items such as pens. A photo credit is usually added to the backside of the item to help you remember where you put things when you need to open the door or drawer. These items can be obtained at most craft stores, but there are also many online sources that sell them. The cost of creating one of these DIY wall key holders is a lot less than buying one, so it is certainly an inexpensive way to show someone that you have a creative side and that you’re not afraid to take some pride in your work.