Easy DIY projects to build on your woodworking skills and create one-of-a-kind gifts!
Woodworking is an extremely rewarding hobby. Unlike sewing, where you feel like the benefits are overshadowed by its sweat equity, the amount of overhead you can save by building your own pieces is astounding.
Also, unlike sewing -- where you're mostly working with a sewing machine and/or serger -- with woodworking there are SO many fun tools to play with. It's addicting! To give you a glimpse into what you can accomplish at the starter level, here are five easy woodworking projects to try this holiday season. Don't worry -- I've included a step-by-step tutorial for each.
Side note: to accomplish any of these tutorials you'll only need five essential power tools, which I've outlined in a starter guide for you available at the bottom of this post!
Wood Project #1: A Tea-Light Candle Holder Centerpiece
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Directions: Using a 1.5" spade bit, drill a hole to the depth of your tea light. Sand the edges, and seal with a layer of polycrylic once done.
This is honestly the easiest woodworking project I've ever completed. But look at how pretty it turned out on my mom's table setting!
Wood Project #2 : A Herringbone Serving Tray
Time to complete: 5-6 hours
Directions: Get the full herringbone tray tutorial here.
Can you believe this tray was made entirely from an old wine crate? While not technically difficult, laying down all of these intricate pieces does take a fair amount of time. I stained several pieces of wood in different colors, then ripped them into strips using a table saw. The strips were cut into 3" pieces and arranged in this alternating pattern. It's a show stopper!
Wood Project #3 : A Bathtub Shelf
Time to complete: 3 hours
Directions: Get the full DIY Bath Shelf tutorial here.
Splish splash! What mom wouldn't want to soak in this at the end of a long day? I designed this little shelf to have a safe nook for your book/ipad as well as a holster for your much needed vino. You're welcome!
Wood Project #4 : A DIY Wood Lantern
Time to complete: 2 hours
Directions: get the DIY Wood Lantern tutorial here.
You can easily make one of these from scraps in your garage. Or make them from an old wine crate like I did! Get the kids involved and have them paint your lantern. For a little more pizzaz, drill a hole through the top of your lantern and add a hook made from wire.
Wood Project #5 : A Fabulous Farmhouse Tool Caddy
Time to complete: 2 hours
Directions: get the fab tool caddy tutorial here.
Riding the recent Farmhouse decor trend, these caddies are great for storing home decor items or as a table centerpiece. Once I figured out how to make the side profile, the rest of this project was a breeze. Luckily I include my template in the linked tutorial!
Give one of these projects a try! Who knows...you may just fall in love with a new tool.
While I consider the next BIG tool I'd like to purchase, I've realized just how resourceful I can be with the tools I already have. Novelty items like scroll saws and oscillating tools would be nice -- as well as more clamps, and a reciprocating saw to break down all the aforementioned wine crates (fear not, it's on my Christmas list this year) -- I'm really not that limited by what I can accomplish.
You don't have to have a fancy garage setup or big specialty tools to make quality items your friends and family will love!
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I am just starting to do wood working. I have been repurposing old scrap furniture. Looking to expand on more detailed carvings.
The bath tray looks hand, but seems large, heavy and awkward.
I made mine be cutting a piece of shelving to length as attaching a 2x2 strip on the bottom.
The 2x2 is placed so one end of the board is against the wall, and the 2x2 presses against the inside of the bath on the other side so the board can't slide either way.
I do have to be sure nothing slides off the board into the water.
It stores nicely out of the way because of the thinness.
Erin Devine, RN BSN
It's a little bulky but not bad!