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Woodworking Projects for Interior Design

Woodworking project don’t have to always be building furniture there are also plenty of interior design projects that you can DIY using wood as your medium.  If you are working on a budget and want to transform your home and you have some old wood laying around then here are some woodworking projects for interior design you can start with today.

Picture Frames

Everyone has pictures laying around just waiting for a decent frame to put them in. Wooden picture frames are incredibly easy to make but if you have some special tools you can play around with the design of the frame.  It is a great way to finally get those family portraits up on the wall and store bought frames can cost a fortune.

Wooden Signs

Wooden signs with quotes or sentimental phrases can be transferred onto some distressed looking wood.  You can easily add vinyl lettering, you can even by the whole quote or picture online and then stick them to a piece of wood.  They can be hung in any room in the house and look fabulous.

Wooden Letters

This look great in a child’s room, you can spell out their name and stain the wood in a variety of colors, they can match the colors you have used to decorate the room.  They can also be made for different holidays and you can use them seasonally.

Shelving Units

Shelves are in pretty much every home and there really is no limit as to what you can put on them.  You can change the look of a room with a couple of shelves that are artfully placed.  Shelves are also super easy and dirt cheap to make yourself.  Chances are your spouse has been hounding you to put up a shelf or two.

Wooden Framed Mirrors

Just like picture frames wooden framed mirrors are easy to make.  Mirrors can help make small rooms look bigger and adds dimension to your rooms.

Wooden Boxes

These are the wooden boxes that you mount on your walls just lie a shelf.  They are an easy and cheap way to decorate and you can put almost anything inside of them.  You can cut them into a variety of shapes or sizes and add knick knacks, pictures or pretty much any decorative item that you want.

Wood has been a decorating staple for thousands of years.  It is easy and relatively cheap to add to your decor and you don’t need a lot of tools or materials to get the job done.

Easy Woodworking Projects

If you have ever wanted to try a woodworking project or to teach your kids some woodworking skills then you start with a simple project.  Something that you or your kids can make easily in a couple of hours where you don’t need much in the way of tools or materials.  You will need some basic knowledge and have a couple of tools hanging around and the finished product will be fantastic.  Once you get the hang of these easy projects then you can move to bigger and better woodworking projects.

Book Shelf

This is hands down the easiest project that you can start with.  All you need are some pieces of scrap wood and a few tools, it is probably more difficult to hang the bookshelf than it is to make one.  This is a very basic project and you can always use another bookshelf…right.

Birdhouse

You probably made one of these in school or in the Boy Scouts when you were a kid.  Birdhouses are one of the most common first projects every woodworker tries.  It can also teach you how to make something durable and suited for outside.

Window Boxes

Not only is this project easy but you can add some colorful flowers to the windows after you are done.  Window boxes can even be added to an apartment, you don’t need to do a lot of finish work after all you’re going to fill them with dirt and flowers.

Bench for the Garden

Don’t be intimidated because it uses big pieces of wood it is actually a fairly easy thing to make.  If you have already tried book shelves and birdhouses then this might be your next big project.  You can learn joinery while making a new bench for the garden.

Plate Rack

This is a little harder than the other projects listed here but you will have the skills in no time.  This project will also help to develop your finishing skills, you want the rack to look smooth and neat.

You can make any or all of these projects without spending a fortune.  Many of them can be made with scrap lumber that you have hanging around.  Don’t worry about little things like knots in the wood and almost all of these can be done in an afternoon.  It’s a great way to spend the afternoon with your kids and teach them some basic woodworking skills.

Tips for Making Outdoor Furniture

If you are looking for your next woodworking project, then how about making some outdoor furniture for the backyard?  The first thing you need to decide is what you want to make do you want some Adirondack chairs or a picnic table?  Both are fairly easy projects to pull off.  There are a ton of different styles and projects that you can choose from, you might want to head to the local garden center for inspiration.  Here are some tips for making outdoor furniture.

Working With Plans

To get a set of plans for your project you have some choices, you can draw them up yourself or buy a set of plans.  Drawing your own will give you exactly what you want but that may not be something that you can do easily.  The other option to buy plans is fairly easy you can get them almost anywhere.  You may find exactly what you want or you can get a set and modify them to what you want.  Once you have the plans then you need to go and get your materials, cedar or pine are both good choices for outdoor furniture.

Dry Your Wood

To make sure that your project turns out perfectly you want to buy the wood a couple of weeks ahead of time before you are ready to start.  You want to store the wood in a cool and dry place with the boards spaced out so they can dry out properly.  Letting your wood dry out is how you prevent the wood from splitting or warping when you are trying to build your furniture.

Outdoor Materials

You want to make sure that everything you buy is suitable for outdoors, materials like finishes and glue aren’t always meant for outdoor use.  Make sure that your glue and other materials will last through the first rainstorm.  It isn’t just glue that you have to worry about you also need to get the right fasteners.  That includes hinges or screws, you don’t want anything to rust.  Ideally grab fasteners that are stainless steel or brass, both will endure the weather just fine.

Take all the time you need to work on your project, whether you start by drawing your own plans or you buy them on the internet.  At the end of the project you will have a great piece of furniture that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.

Choosing Hardwood or Softwood

Different project require different types of wood but when you are starting a project that is one of the first things that you have to choose.  Good quality woods don’t come cheap but they will give you the best results.  A handmade wood project can last for years which is one of the reasons wood can be so expensive.  If you are building a piece for a client then you both need to decide what wood suits your project best, choosing hardwood or softwood, dark or light will all be part of the project.  Let’s look at the different types of wood you can choose from.

Softwood

Softwoods come from trees like pine, cedar, spruce, juniper, redwood, cypress and larch trees.  Mostly you will see this type of wood in furniture and a variety of other woodworking projects.  This type of wood tends to be cheaper than most hardwoods and it is readily available at any lumber or craft store.  Some woods like pine are really soft and can be a little delicate for some projects.  If you are working with a client have them look at the different softwoods available before they make their choice.

Hardwood

Hardwood is another material that can be used in your projects.  You get hardwood from trees like oak, walnut, cherry, oak, maple, teak, beech, holly and ash.  Hardwoods are much more durable and sturdy than any softwoods, but not all of them.  Be careful what type of wood that you choose, ideally you want the best wood suited to your project.  Hardwood is not going to be cheap, so make sure you are ready to work with this type of material.  You do not want to waste expensive wood because of mistake.  You will find hardwoods used a lot in furniture particularly kitchen tables or anything that needs a durable wood.

How Much Wood do You Need

Check your project plans to see how much wood that you are going to need.  Always measure the timber before you whip out your credit card you don’t want to buy a piece that is too short.  Check with the sales staff and find out if the wood has been dried or not, ideally you want dried wood.  They type of wood you end up choosing is going to be based on taste, need and of course the price.  Select your wood carefully and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Evaluating Different Types of Wood

When you start a new wood working projects there are a couple of things that you are going to need.  You are going to need a plan, the right tools and most importantly you are going to need some wood.  There are quite literally hundreds of different types of wood that you can use in your project going from the very cheap to exotic woods that will cost you thousands of dollars.  Evaluating different types of wood can be challenging if you’re new to woodworking so let’s show you to do just that.

Get What You Like

First and foremost don’t purchase wood that you’re not crazy about.  Don’t feel you need to compromise on either quality or style when it comes to your projects.  When you visit a lumberyard or even a craft store the sales people may pressure you to buy what they want to sell you rather than what you might want.  On the other hand many of the people that work here are fairly knowledgeable and they may have reason to suggest a different type of wood.  Closely look at each piece of wood and whether it meets your specs, if it doesn’t you can totally ask for something different.  It is up to you what piece of wood you want and ultimately buy.

What to Look For

You want to examine each piece of wood carefully to make sure it is straight.  You can work with wood that has some curves but that will take some experience before you are ready to handle that.  You are also going to need to search for splits or warped wood, you want to look at each side and check out the edges.  The last thing you want to do is by an expensive but useless piece of wood.  If there are cracks or splits you won’t be able to use it or it will look awful.

Knotholes are another thing you want to check for, now knotholes are naturally occurring and can add character to a piece but you want to check with your plans first.  Some plans don’t work well with knots.  If you are building something that is going to be staying outside like a bench or a picnic table then you want to make sure that you have treated lumber.

If you are new to wood woodworking then spruce and pine are good beginner woods, they are considered softwood and easier to work with.  Once you have experience then you can move up to cedar or oak.

Finding Furniture Designs

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If you are new to woodworking then finding furniture designs that you like and your skill level can handle might be challenging.  The more you practice and hone your skill the more options are open to you.  If you head into a furniture store there are a plethora of options that you can be inspired by.  Bear in mind that you don’t have to replicate something you find in a furniture store.  When you design and make your own furniture you have the choice of wood types, size and styles.  You can customize however you want.

DIY Versus Store Bought

When it comes making your own furniture or buying it, it should be noted that you probably won’t save any money by doing it yourself. The materials and the cost of tools if you don’t have them already will cost you more than a piece of furniture.  That is not meant to discourage you in any way, handmade pieces are generally better constructed and there’s no doubt you will use better quality wood.  Handmade pieces of wood can last for decades becoming family heirlooms.  Furniture from a store is usually of Chinese manufacture and not well put together at all.

Consider Your Space

Consider your space when finding designs for furniture, you need furniture that fits with your space.  Space can be a luxury in some homes,  open space design can make a home look bigger than it is but when you try and put in a huge dining room set or cabinets you may find it overwhelming.  If you are new to wood working you may that type of furniture is beyond your skill set.  Start with a small hallway table or side table that is fairly simple construction and the materials are less expensive.

Type of Wood

The type of wood you choose will reflect your personal style.  Do you prefer dark rich woods or are you more into the blonde Scandinavian woods?  What kind of finishes do you want to use?  Brushed nickel is very much in style and it looks great with almost any style of wood.  Brass can be kind of gaudy but it can work well with lighter woods.  If you know a metal worker then wrought iron can blend well with your wood pieces.

When it comes to making furniture start with something simple and work your way up to more complicated projects.  There are plenty of design plans online with a ton of different options for finishes and different types of wood.

Getting a Deal on Woodworking Tools

Woodworking is not a cheap hobby at all and having a fully equipped workshop is a big investment.  Tools, in particular, are not cheap and some of the bigger tools like jointers, planers and saws can run into the thousands of dollars. But getting a deal on woodworking tools is easier than you think.  You can buy some of the larger machines used which will save you thousands.  Whether woodworking is a hobby or a business the more complicated the project is the more tools you are going to want to get your hands on.  Let’s have a look at how you can pick up some great bargains on used tools.

Classified Sites

Your best source to find used woodworking equipment is to hit Craigslist but bear in mind that you may have to travel a bit to get a bargain but if you’re saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars over new then it is well worth it.  There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re buying things off of Craigslist.  First, always bring a friend with you, there is safety in numbers and if you do buy the equipment you’re going to need help moving it.  Get lots of pictures of the piece before you even leave home and as much info as possible.  If the seller won’t tell you then don’t bother.

Take it for a Test Drive

Like anything you buy used, you are going to want to check it out first and make sure it is in good working order.  Most machines aren’t really that complicated, the parts are generally made from sheet metal or cast iron so check for cracks or rust.  Unplug the machine and have a look at the motor even if you know little or nothing about motors just check and make sure it doesn’t have a burnt smell.  Do all of the moving parts work the way they are supposed to.  Turn the machine on and give the equipment a try and make sure that it works.  Lastly, you want to find out why they are selling and if the rest of the tools are in good working order.  You want a piece of equipment that has been cared for.

When it comes to woodworking tools always keep one ear to the ground looking for a bargain.  You can also check on some of the online forums where other woodworkers like you may have tools for sales.

Turning Your Woodworking Hobby into a Business

Any woodworker who is an amateur or a hobbyist could at once had thoughts of becoming an expert in the woodworking area. Earning income from something you love most tends to inspire you to keep on improving on what you know. Below are the ways of turning your woodworking hobby into a business

What you can create

Everybody who has a hobby in woodworking has the capacity to make something out of wood which may include designing of small pieces of furniture as well as carving decorative pieces of wood. You should gauge your strength if you aren’t aware of what you are capable of doing.

To key to success here is to identify objects which can please other people and make them desire to buy them from you. Try to make something that is perfect and of high quality so to attract buyers.

Start selling to family members and friends

As a starter in business, you should start by selling to family members and friends. Everybody admires to have a woodworker who is not new to him/her and they can have trust in him. Mostly expect your first customers to be people who are well known to you. You can do any woodworking job for them if they hire your services. By making something presentable in your woodshop, you will find that your friends are the first people to inquire about it. This is exactly the same for all business which is home-based.

Get Assistance

Most individuals require to be convinced that woodworking hobby can be turned into a business which can generate income. You may decide to work on full time or part-time.

Develop Your Mindset

To start a business is not an easy task. As a new business owner, your aim is to make the first sale without minding of how it happens. This builds confidence in any business owner and he/she starts to believe that he can make it. Confidence is the key to any business therefore as a woodworker you must believe in your woodworking skills for you to make products that will lead attract buyers.

Word of Mouth

Since you are a starter you should embrace word of mouth form of advertising so that you can reach as many people as possible. Your friends and family members should take this role by informing other people about your woodworking skills and also the wood products you are selling.

Embrace Gifting

Gifting is also another form of product promotion you can embrace in your woodworking business. You don’t have to be afraid when issuing your handmade creations as gifts. This is because people will admire them and even express their love to you this will create awareness concerning your art and craft skills.

The Benefits of Woodworking

Woodworking is simply the creation of objects from wood.  You can create almost anything you want using wood, from furniture to objects of art.  You can create big projects like building a log cabin or just carve wooden toys for children.  Try your hand at a number of different projects to see what type of woodworking suits you best.  It is an interesting hobby with plenty of benefits, let’s take a look at the benefits of woodworking.

Carpentry

Some people choose woodworking as a career path and decide to become carpenters.  The use their skills on a variety of projects, some work for themselves and others work for a contractor.  In today’s world it is a job that is constantly in demand and it can pay very well.  Self-employed carpenters have the luxury of picking their own jobs and setting their own hours.  Other carpenters work in the construction industry and work can often be seasonal,  and you’re at the mercy of your employers ability to find a project.

Woodworking as a Hobby

Woodworking is a very physical hobby and it can help you to stay in shape, there is lots of physical activity keeping you healthy.  For those that enjoy working with their hands it can help you to relax and take away the stress that comes with everyday life.  Woodworking can help keep you physically fit and that is good for your overall health.

DIY Projects

Have you ever gone to a furniture store and looked at tables or cabinets and thought the prices were incredibly high for something that was of inferior quality?  It happens to everyone when they go to look at furniture.  Quality pieces cost a small fortune, especially those that are made locally.  What if instead of paying all that money for lesser quality furniture pieces like coffee tables, end tables or patio furniture you could make these things yourself?  Furniture, particularly the well made quality pieces have an enormous markup.

You can’t try and make these pieces yourself and save the money that you would spend on high end furniture.  For simple projects like a picnic table you can buy a kit and just put everything together yourself.  As your skills improve you can graduate to bigger projects and more complicated pieces of furniture.  There is no doubt that there is a certain satisfaction in knowing that you completed a project all on your own and created a beautiful piece of furniture.

Easy Woodworking Projects for a Beginner

If you’re new to woodworking and want to try your hand at a couple of projects but you aren’t sure where to start then you’re in the right place.  These are some easy projects that will help you sharpen your skills and get you comfortable using the tools that go with woodworking.  These are easy and ideal for a beginner, let’s have a look at some easy woodworking projects for a beginner.

Candle holder

Want to make a creative candle holder? You don’t need too much stuff to craft this rustic candle holder. A pair of horseshoes and a chunk of wood are the only elements that you need. Firstly, clean up the wood and the horseshoes. Measure and mark the wood to be drilled for candle holders.

After drilling the spaces on wood, nail the horseshoes to each end. Sand the wood to smooth out rough edges and give a matte finish. Finally, add the five candles on the drilled spaces to complete the candle holder. Voila, you’ve just added a touch of country look to your home.

Wooden arrow wall art

Do you want to decorate your wall with an intriguing artwork? If yes, try wooden arrows. You need a miter saw, pencil, tape measure, right angle, craft wood (24 inches long, 1 by 4 inches thinner), safety goggles, wood stain, drill, and mending plates.

Cut the wood into half. Mark the centers horizontally as well as vertically. Now center the 45-degree angle on that mark. Cut the wood at the 45-degrees mark to make one part of the arrow. You’ll need 2 boards of 24 inches long to complete one arrow. If you want to make 3 arrows, you’ll need 6 boards of 24 inches long.

After cutting, paint the wooden arrows to your preferred color. Once the paint job is over, add mending plates to the back of the arrows to keep them together. Finally, hang them on the wall and enjoy the lovely artwork you just created.  Here is a video tutorial for you to follow.

Wooden door mat

You need a 2 by 2 mahogany or cedar wood (four feet long) to make this lovely mat. Buy at least six planks of wood for a bigger mat. Make holes in each of the planks using a drilling machine. Sand the wood to smooth out the edges. Now apply a coat of finish for a better look. Lace all the planks with a rope. Make sure to tie a knot between planks. Within no time, you’ve created a rustic wooden door mat.

Bottom line

Complicated woodworking projects warrant specialized knowledge and experience. However, there are easy projects that you can do on your own. Just stick to the above DIY projects, and you could show off your wood working skills to your friends and loved ones while adding functionality and elegance to your home.