So you want to take up woodworking? Excellent choice! Woodworking is a skill that can be both incredibly rewarding and therapeutic. Not to mention, it's a great way to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for your home (or to give as gifts).
If you're a beginner, though, the prospect of starting your first woodworking project can be daunting. What kind of project should you make? How do you even start? Don't worry—we've got you covered. In this blog post, we'll give you 5 woodworking project ideas for beginners that will get you started on the right foot. Trust us—none of these projects are as complicated as they might sound at first glance. With a little time and effort, you'll be able to conquer them with ease.
1. A Wooden Recipe Box
This project is perfect for beginner woodworkers because it's small and relatively simple to make. All you need is a piece of wood (we recommend using either pine or cedar), some dowel rods, wood glue, sandpaper, a drill, and a few other supplies that you probably already have lying around the house (like a hammer and saw).
2. A Wooden Cutting Board
Another great option for beginner woodworkers is a wooden cutting board. This project requires slightly more time and effort than the recipe box, but it's still relatively simple and straightforward. You'll need a couple of different kinds of wood (we recommend using maple and cherry), some wood glue, mineral oil, beeswax, and sandpaper.
3. A set of Wooden Coasters
For this project, we recommend using scraps of leftover wood so that you don't have to go out and buy anything new. If you don't have any scraps handy, though, any type of wood will do—just make sure that it's at least 1/4" thick so that your coasters are sturdy enough to actually use. You'll also need cork backing (either square or circles), felt pads (optional but recommended), wood glue, and sandpaper.
4. A Wooden Desk Organizer
This project is perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time working at a desk—which is probably most of us nowadays! For this one, you'll need some small wooden boxes (we like using jewelry boxes), wood glue, sandpaper, paint or stain (optional), and various hardware like hinges, knobs or pulls (also optional).
5. A Jewelry Holder
This next project is perfect for anyone who loves jewelry—or knows someone who does! You'll need two wooden boards (the size will depend on how much jewelry you want to be able to store), picture hanging hardware, wood glue, sandpaper, paint or stain (optional).
These are just a few ideas to get you started—but once you get going, the possibilities are endless! Woodworking is such a versatile hobby; once you learn the basics, you can pretty much make whatever your heart desires . And don't forget, safety first! Always wear proper safety gear, including eye protection and dust masks, to protect yourself while working with power tools . Speaking of dust protection, we highly recommend using our RZ Mask while working on any kind of woodworking project; not only will it protect your lungs from harmful airborne particles, but it's also comfortable to wear and won't fog up your glasses. Trust us: once you try an RZ Mask, you won't go back! Visit our website today to find the perfect mask for your needs.