So, you’ve finally pulled it all together and purchased your beginning woodworking tools. Then again, maybe you only own a palm sander, a Sawzall, and some random, hand-me-down tools. Either way, the exciting news is that you can absolutely complete some simple wood projects with these few, beginning tools.
Since your excitement is mounting to get started on a project, let’s dig straight in, and check out some fun, introductory projects:
There are endless ways to cut down a palate and create a shelf. Be sure to keep in mind that you can rearrange some of the wooden pieces to build various designs, so don’t feel limited by the way the pallet is already put together. You can move the pieces around to form a more solid base for a free-standing shelf or reinforce the back of a shelf that will be hung on the wall. Decorate it with some paint and even consider distressing the paint a bit to match the unique attributes of the wood. The best part of a pallet shelf is that it will cost very little to make – especially if you know where to get a free pallet or already have one laying around.
With as little as three pieces of wood (or even one piece cut into three!) you can make yourself an armrest table for your couch or chair. An armrest table is one of those amazingly helpful pieces that you probably didn’t know you needed until you saw one. How perfectly simple, and yet so helpful, to be able to set your morning coffee, or game-time drink, right on the arm of your favorite spot. And don’t forget to make it big enough to fit your phone or other electronic devices. We can’t have those too far away!
Simple, and yet so elegant. An absolute beginner can make this with one, solid piece of wood and those who want to step it up a notch (insert woodworkers’ laughter here) can use multiple wood pieces to create the larger piece which will create depth and character in the piece. You can either sand it down or leave it rough. Either way, there is so much variation available in this project (even variations on the numbers that you choose!) that you’ll surely be making one for each member of your family and all your friends. Get crazy and add a little bump-out planter to the plaque to add some excitement.
Simple Bird House
This piece is so simple that you could likely spend time together making it with your kids. It won’t take too many cuts and only takes a few simple supplies to pull it all together. When making bird houses, know that birds like a clean home, so making the inside openable and cleanable will help keep this treasure looking fantastic for a long time to come. Do you have any Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts in your family? They might even be able to earn a Woodworker Badge by working on this project. This project will continue to amaze you as you watch the birds build their nests and raise their young.
Some of the most creative projects are those that don’t take much thinking. In fact, sometimes it’s even harder to be simple than it is to be intricate. Currently, there seems to be a push towards organic and natural. For this project, find two pieces of wood that are similar and yet unique. Flatten one side of the piece of wood to create the bottom, then flatten at least one additional side that will slide up next to the books. Sand, stain, distress, paint – do whatever you want to add your ideas and character to the pieces. Then, slide them on up next to the books and sit back and admire your work. How can something so simple be so amazing!
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to complete a few, simple, woodworking projects. You’ll be happy that you gave it a shot and will be able to admire your work well into the future. I imagine that starting with these five projects will fuel your interest and you’ll be graduating on to higher-level projects in no time!