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.