12 Woodworking Projects and Gift Ideas for the Kitchen

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Much like wood shops, kitchens are full of tools and utensils. Why not customize some of them? You can build lots of useful items for your kitchen right in your own shop! These projects are great ideas for gifts too, who doesn’t like to receive something handmade?

wooden knife block

Walnut Knife Block

Minimize clutter and organize your kitchen knives with a walnut knife block. This design stores seven knives of varying sizes. We’ve got another knife block plan in video format, if you need more instruction.

wooden kitchen step stool

Kitchen Step Stool

This is a quick and easy project that is incredibly useful in the kitchen, or anywhere else in your house you may have trouble reaching things. Find the plans here.

wooden butter board and spreader set

Butter Board and Spreader Set

The butter board is a good use of any miscellaneous scrap wood you have lying around. It’s easy to make, but looks impressive on the dinner table.

pasta making paddle

Pasta Making Paddle

Pasta is one of those things that sounds difficult to make from scratch, but is deceptively simple. You can make the process even SIMPLER by making a pasta paddle. This paddle design is specifically for cavatelli pasta, which is similar to gnocchi.

wooden paper towel holder

Paper Towel Holder

Here’s another kitchen essential you can make yourself. Since it’s not mounted on a wall, this paper towel holder can be stored anywhere it’s most needed. Find the plans here.

wooden grill scraper

Grill Scraper

The best part about this grill scraper design is that it custom fits to any grill of your choice. The grill grates slowly burn into the wood grain, and the more you use it, the deeper it cleans!

holiday serving utensils

Holiday Serving Utensils

These serving utensils can be used for many things, but are best for pies and cakes. Crafted from two wood species, these utensils look elegant, but are practical and functional.

wooden recipe box

Recipe Box

These days, it seems everyone is storing recipes online. But what about those great, old recipes passed down through generations or collected from friends? Keep them in a safe place with this recipe box design.

wooden napkin holder and matching trivets

Napkin Holder and Matching Trivets

Much like the butter board, this project is a good addition to any dinner table. It’s practical, simple, and an interesting conversation starter for guests. Find out how to make your own napkin holder here.

wooden wine bottle holder

Wine Holders

Need to store a bottle…. maybe multiple bottles of wine? You can make the gravity defying bottle balancer, or create a whole wine rack. If you’re not a wine drinker, they make great gifts!

wooden serving tray

Serving Trays

This recessed serving tray design is modified to be “built up” instead of plowed down with a router. The handles are cut from the main panel in order to conserve wood and time.

wooden travel mug

Travel Mugs

Seeing as over half of the US population drinks coffee, chances are you know a coffee drinker. Or maybe you are one yourself! Either way, these personalized travel mugs are a nice, durable, and reusable project for the coffee drinker in your life.

Do you have any favorite gift ideas you’ve made in the shop? Let us know in the comments.

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19 Responses to “12 Woodworking Projects and Gift Ideas for the Kitchen”

  1. terry

    great ideas. I have made the serving tray and I had so much fun making it I plan on making more for gifts.


    fantastic ideas ...love them now to get husband to help me to make them ...

  3. Mike Della

    The plan you show with the link for the built-up tray show a different project completely. How do I access the buit-up tray plan? Thank you

  4. David Wallace

    Always good ideas to share and people enjoy getting them.

  5. Fred Wiseman

    Looks interesting.

  6. tony stone

    there are some great ideas there thanks

  7. G. Branaman

    great ideas foe my high school shop students

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  10. Ramon

    great ideas, keep it up.