This is merely a list of interesting woodworking projects you can do yourself. We won’t be going through the process, but it’s important that, wherever you get the step-by-step instructions from, you follow proper safety procedures.
Make sure that you have all of your tools’ safety guards on, wear eye protection (also breathing protection when sanding), and remove any loose-fitting clothes, pieces of jewelry, or anything that could get caught up. That being said, we can start!
Simple Wooden Boxes
Wood boxes are a timeless classic for woodworking beginners: They have a simple shape, and can be used for a wide variety of applications. A small box is an excellent start, and will teach you lessons that you’ll use on your future, more complex projects.
To make a wooden box the size of a paperback book, which should be a good start, a 4 foot 1×4 piece of wood should suffice. You’ll also need a small wood dowel (1/4 to 1/8 inches), some gorilla glue (wood glue works, but is not as good), and screws. Regarding tools, you’ll need a hand drill, a hand sander, a saw, some clamps, and tape measure.
A candle holder is another simple project – in fact, it’s even simpler than a box to make. It requires less materials and tools, too – you can make one with basically a log, a shaping tool, and a drill. The only downside is that you’ll also need a big forstner bit (around 1 1/2″) for the drill, which you’ll likely need to buy. Although a bit expensive, the bit will likely be useful for your future woodworking endeavors, so it’s good to get one.
A wooden shelf is a bit more complicated to make than the previous projects – but perhaps more satisfying, as well. It requires a 4′ level, a 9″ level, mallet or hammer, a drill, some masking tape, a screwdriver and a stud finder – as well as the mounting parts.
Since wooden shelves are a bit more advanced, it might be best to start with one of the two previous projects – although if you want a challenge, it’s definitely possible to start with it. Just make sure you find a good tutorial and follow the steps carefully!
Woodworking is an excellent hobby to get into, and there is extensive documentation online teaching you how to get through your first project. Hopefully, this article has helped you choose your first DIY wood projects – so now it’s time to get to work and make yourself (or a friend!) something nice. Good luck!