7 Woodworking Projects For The Handyman

You Want to Make Things from Wood?

Here are some woodworking projects ideas, things that you could make from wood. Some manufactured items can be purchased cheaply because they are mass-produced. It’s your time and the skill that you use to make things with your tools that give them value.

A woodworking project absorbs time, requires some degree of manual dexterity and needs space or at least somewhere to assemble it. To complete the easy woodcraft project and get your glow of satisfaction of seeing the woodworking project being used you need more than an intention; you will need a particular set of tools. Click here if you want to see the top 5 must-have woodworking tools.

There are many versatile hand tools available that have an electric equivalent; even with the standard tape measure there is an electronic  tape measure. As an example, a hand plane and a handsaw below seem less common than their electric equivalent.

Hand sawsteel hand planer

Now-a-days most people use  electric and battery powered tools in preference to hand tools.

An electric powered tool can help you do the work that the manual tool does but it can also do a range of additional and different jobs too by using them in a different way.

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Take the basic things that can be done with the electric powered plane and saw. Both the powered saw and plane can be mounted into a bench so that the timber moves over the tool rather than the other way.

Easy Woodworking Projects Should Start With A Flat Board

You can purchase a board and simply expect it should be flat and square. Not all boards are created equal. Poor storage of the wood can result in the boards developing cupping or a twist.

A planer can get one face of a board’s surface smooth, but a board needs to be relatively straight and flat before working it into a project.

If you need to remove the cup or twist from one face of the board use a saw bench to cut a straight flat face. Then push the board over the planer locked into a bench with that straight and flat face down across the blades.

cupped and warped timber for woodworking projects

Why cut before planing the board? Boards tend to come out of a planer with about the same shape as they had going in, albeit a little thinner and a bit smoother if the planer’s blades are sharp and flat across the cutting face.

Now you have one flat smooth face and to cut the parallel face reference the flat edge on the fence of the bench saw with the required width set to the blade. You can smooth the board face by sanding using an electric belt sander or orbital sander.

Easy Wood Craft Projects Are Made Joining Boards Edge to Edge

After you cut and plane one face, you can turn that flat face down onto the bench and run an edge of the board through the saw to get it straight and square. Make sure to put the flattened face against the bench so the cut edge comes out square to that surface.

Once a board is to cut one face, planed and then one edge squared, you can join the boards such that they are square to face and edge. This produces boards with a uniform surface suited for cabinet stock. Edges can then be joined using a biscuit joiner, screws, dowels, tongue & groove, chiselled mortise and tenon or a number of other methods.

Note that the Domino joiner is another electric tool that also provides a means for connecting faces and keeps faces together and flat. These tools work on similar principles.

7 Easy Wood Craft Projects You Can Make

If maybe you are inspired to do woodwork, here are some simple project ideas that have been sketched for you to start later. Keep these ideas handy for when the weather changes and when working inside a workshop will be a good use of time.

1.  Easy Woodcraft Project – Wood Mat

A wood mat for the front door will help dirt from feet and shoes stays outside and not need to be swept and picked up.

The mat can be made from any type of timber and using any type of joint that works for you. The sketch shows a typical mat that is 600mm x 400mm. Measuring for the items below can be approximate or done more accurately as specified.

Use good tools and keep them sharp.

The wood may be hardwood or softwood and one wood mat panel contains the materials as listed. Assemble the elements as under:

Easy Wood Craft Project-Wood Mat

Sketch of Wood Mat shows general arrangement

10 off 18mm x 30mm x 564mm spaced with 9mm gaps

2 off 36mm x 36mm x 400mm edges with 18mm x 18mm cut out to form an “L” shape

2 off 30mm x 36mm x 600mm edges

20 off 25mm 8 gauge wood screws

12 nails (3 per corner)

2.  Wood Mat Lounging Chair

Make three more wood mats to create the wood lounging chair with the mats becoming the moving panels to form the wood lounge chair for relaxing. The sketch shows a typical chair that is 600mm x 1600mm x 320mm.

The wood may be hardwood or softwood and use 4 ‘Wood Mat’ panels plus support timbers. Assemble the elements as under:

Sketch of Wood Lounging Chair shows general arrangement

Materials Required:

4 – ‘Wood Mat’ panels spaced with 9mm gaps between mats

2 – 160mm x 36mm x 640mm edges with 16mm x 36mm cut out to form an “L” shape

1 – 160mm x 36mm x 620mm mid support with 160mm x 36mm dado cut into side supports

1 –  160mm x 36mm x 760mm back support spar with end cut out to form an “L” shape across the 160mm end edge that is 36mm x 16mm

2 –  160mm x 36mm x 1710mm edges with 16mm x 36mm cut out to form an “L” shape

4 – piano hinges 600mm long with screws as needed

1 – 100mm door hinge

12 – 50mm 10 gauge wood screws (2 per leg)

4 – 160mm x 36mm x 310mm arm supports on each edge with 16mm x 160mm cut out to form an “L” shape

2 – 160mm x 36mm x 620mm arm supports on top of edge with 36mm x 160mm cut out to form a dado

3.  Wood Chair & Rocker

The sketch below shows a wood chair for relaxing: a typical chair that uses 4 – 600mm x 400mm wood mat panels and side supports.

The wood may be hardwood or softwood and use 4 ‘Wood Mat’ panels plus support timbers.

Assemble the elements as under:

Sketch of Wood Chair shows general arrangement – plus side panels if required.

Materials Required:

4 – ‘Wood Mat’ panels spaced with 9mm gaps between mats.

1 – 160mm x 30mm x 610mm bottom edges support.

2 – 160mm x 30mm x 1160mm edges with 15mm x 160mm cut out of each to form lower leg of a “v” shape.

2 – 160mm x 30mm x 860mm arm support edges with 15mm x 160mm cut out of each to form a “v” shape with the piece below.

12 – 50mm 10 gauge wood screws (6 per side) two in the 160mm x 30mm x 600mm lower support, one centrally in the edge of the wood mat panels where they attach to the edge vee.

18 – biscuit joints in the 160mm x 30mm x 600mm lower support, on the edge of the panels attaching to the edge ‘v’. Alternatively use additional screws or dowels.

4.  Wood Table Box

A wooden box for relaxing your feet, to hold magazines or as a linen box. The sketch shows a typical wooden box that is 900mm x 450mm.

Assemble the elements as under:

Sketch of Wood Box shows general arrangement

Materials Required:

Four – 40mm x 40mm x 500mm corner supports.

Six – 40mm x 40mm x 940mm top corner edge and bottom corner edge and lid edge with 10mm x 20mm cut out router edge for MDF sheet.

Six – 40mm x 40mm x 480mm top corner edge and bottom corner edge and lid edge with 10mm x 20mm cut out router edge for MDF sheet.

5 – MDF sheet 900mm x 450mm for lid false bottom and bottom and long sides.

2 – MDF sheet 450mm x 350mm for ends.

2 – kitchen drawer 430mm wide x 400mm long x 90mm deep.

2 – sets of drawer rollers.

2 – sets of handles –antique brass (ornate).

2 -100mm door hinges.

1 latch – brass ornate.

12 – 0.9 meters of 100mm wide T&G flooring to match other timber species (i.e. all hardwood or all softwood).

8 – 0.45 meters of 100mm wide T&G flooring.

Foam rubber or spun polyester insulation to cover the MDF inside the box.

Linen or satin fabric to cover the insulation.

Nails and wood screws as needed.

Wood glue and stain or paint to finish.

5.  Wood Note Holder

Add a decoration or make it a simpler support to the wood board with clips to make the wooden notes holder or stand for phone or tablet. The sketch shows a typical A4 holder that is 300mm x 220mm x 10mm board with foot to support the papers from falling off. The characters behind the A4 holder are in the shape of an “A”.

Assemble the elements as under:

Sketch of Wood Note Holder shows general arrangement

Materials Required:

1 A4 – MDF board (approximately 300mm x 230mm x 10mm).

1 off-cut MDF board (approximately 30mm x 230mm x 10mm).

1 – 150mm x 100mm wide MDF 20mm board or T&G flooring cut with jigsaw to match ‘A’ figure.

1 – 230mm of 30mm wide picture framing.

Foam rubber cover the above MDF strip and act to prevent slippage of paper manuscript or iPad.

1 – continuous hinge 230mm long.

Wood glue and nails and/or wood screws as needed.

 Stain or paint to finish.

6.  Wood Planters Ladder

In places where ground space is tight this is a possible solution for adding green to areas around your home using this easy wood craft project; a planter ladder to make the area with herbs and plantings even more relaxing. The sketch shows a typical ladder that is 1600mm high x 400mm wide with 3 planter boxes. The layout guides the materials required and stain or paint to finish.

Assemble the elements as under:

Sketch of Wood Ladder Rack for Herb Garden

7.  Wooden Kids Cave

Find a shaded place in the garden for this kid-cave or maybe use it as a one level store for the wood chair and the box table that will make the experience of tea in the garden relaxing. The sketch shows a typical cave that has a 3000mm x 3000mm footprint and an enclosed room of 3m x 2.4m x 2.4m. The kid cave could be made into a two level structure with an additional floor and added between the ground and apex with the height being raised by 1.8m and access to the top level by ladder or spiral stair. Note that any shed may require a building approval /planning approval from the local authority before construction. This sketch provides a project idea and the materials will depend on the level of finish and fit-out.

Assemble the elements as under:

Sketch of Wood Kids’ Cave

The above ideas for using wood and tools to make simple useful items. Saws, drills, planers, impact drivers, biscuit joiners, domino joiners and routers could be the tools that you choose to use on your project. I hope whatever your project, these ideas might have assisted your creative spirit and you enjoy making your woodworking projects.

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