Woodworking is one of those hobbies that has an expensive start up cost, and when I first started the learning curve was like running face first into a 10 foot wall: it’s not impossible to get over but I needed tools to help me do it. After acquiring said tools, next was to figure out what exactly I wanted to build. As you’ve probably figured out, beginner woodworking projects aren’t easy to come up with.
I was going to come up with my own list of beginner ideas with plans attached, however I noticed A LOT of people have done that already and I’d really just be beating a dead horse.
So, instead, I’m going to provide a list of links to all the excellent and helpful resources I’ve come across that already have plenty of beginner woodworking project ideas that link to guide/tutorial/how-to/video/plan or something about what you need and how to make it (NOT just pictures).
Beginner Woodworking Projects Resource Database
- RYOBITOOLS: Full website that is designated for looking up specific or non-specific building plans. Is also a tool company that sells power equipment for woodworking. If you’re looking for a variety of choices or even looking for something specific, this website has a variety of carpentry for beginners.
- Ana-White: Somewhat similar to the previous link however these designs are sorted by difficulty levels and are almost exclusively for finding furniture plans.
- Sawinery: (100) By far the longest list I found of beginner woodworking projects all comprised in a single post. The most underrated detail in this post is all the information already provided on the page. Under each picture displaying the expected end result of the project is what tools you need for it, materials, plans, and even the estimated time needed to make it.
- Instructables: (50) List of beginner woodworking projects that all range in a variety of basic techniques for first timers to get familiar with. The plans they provide can make anything from a key holder to furniture, although this list is more abstract than other lists I have come across so far.
- Flikandcompany: (45) Comparatively, this post lists plans for projects that are less expensive and more simple to do in case some of the other options are too demanding. This will help you become accustomed to what type of furniture is easier to make than others and hopefully that will give you an idea on your own preference and abilities.
- Woodworkingtoolkit: (42) Plenty of plans for furniture and uniquely designed place holders that sport a modern/urban style. If you’re a huge wino then you’ll probably have a blast with this list.
- Family Handyman: (40) Not only is this post an awesome resource exclusively for outdoor builds, but the website itself provides a lot of great content that help bridge that learning gap for beginners. Family Handyman has plenty of DIY tutorials for people wanting to take matters into their own hands.
- Cutthewood: (39) If you fail to follow the beginner woodworking projects from here, then you might need to rethink another hobby. Video guides are provided for each design for those who learn better from watching as people do instead of doing as people say.
- The Power Tool Website: (38) Hugely underrated list of ideas, The Power Tools Website accumulated a number of beginner woodworking projects that are high in demand making them significantly easier to sell and start earning profit.
- Homedit: (35) Your standard, straightforward wood plans. It has a number of miscellaneous options and not many furniture builds, but it makes up for in neat decorative designs for homey interior art.
- Woodwork Boss: (31) Best type of woodworking that any beginner can do in a weekend, also great for those who want to knock out some projects in what little time they have to contribute.
- Thecreatedhome: (25) Simple designs that don’t require much TLC to make it to blend well with other objects. I believe there’s one or two you might have seen before, clearly by popular demand and could lead to be worth selling if you wanted to turn a profit woodworking.
- Woodworkingplanstips: (25) Some of the easiest assemblies as far as carpentry goes and it should go without saying that you won’t need many tools to get the job done either, some don’t even require power tools. Great source of practice material to chose from as a beginner in case you prefer to dip your toe in before jumping in to swim with the big boys.
- Awesomediys: (25) A little mixture of both furniture and wall decor that acts as either inspiration or your next beginner woodworking projects to test your tools on.
- Realitydaydream: (22) Compiled list of pictures and their designated “how-to” guide to make them. Insanely simple concepts that are relatively inexpensive to make.
- DIYtotry: (21) Clever list of ideas you can assemble only using 2X4s. 2X4 wood is incredibly easy to come by and hard to re-purpose because of its size and is instead often cut down to smaller pieces. Avoid having to buy a saw when neither your project or budget requires to get one, work only with what you need.
- Justthewoods: (20) Creative mixture of aesthetically stylish and relatively bare projects for anyone to try out. It looks like some of them could require wood finishing, so keep that in mind while you are considering which project you want to start on.
- Anika’s DIY Life: (15) If you’re any bit like me and like to conserve leftover wood, then here’s an awesome list you can use your scrap wood for.