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Easy Wood Projects

Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or project inspiration, check out all of our easy wood projects.

WWGOA has easy projects for the wood lathe, wood planer and wood router, and more!

Check out these simple beginner’s woodworking projects. No matter the DIY woodworking project you can find your next gift idea in the wood craft videos listed below.



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  • Make a Planter Box

    How to Make a Planter Box

    Here’s a great way to green up your patio, backyard, deck or any other outdoor space. Build a couple of these planter boxes, and a potted plant, and you can place the box anywhere you want. Here’s a warning; plan on making a bunch of these. When people see them, EVERYONE will want one. This…

  • How to Build a Cedar Planter Box

    When spring hits, it’s time to get those outdoor plants going so let WWGOA show you how to build a cedar planter box. It’s a lot of fun to plant flowers or veggies (and it’s a great thing to do with kids) and it’s even more fun when you’re putting them in a planter that…

  • How to Make an iPad, iPhone, Tablet, or Smartphone Stand

    This clever and gorgeous iPad stand is a great last-minute gift project; you can complete it over the course of 2 to 3 days. The stand has both a high and a low setting, and to amaze the audience, the leg seems magically held in place! The secret? Small rare earth magnets. Almost everyone has…

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  • Display Cabinet

    Wall-mounted or placed on a table or countertop, this handsome display cabinet is the perfect way to share any collection while keeping it clean and protected at the same time. Featuring tempered glass doors and three shelves, the cabinet’s design calls for all straight cuts and straightforward construction techniques (simple cut-outs give the effect of…

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  • Elegant Tapered Salt and Pepper Shakers

    Looking for a quick “mass production” gift project? These tapered wooden salt and pepper shakers make a stylish addition to any table setting, and they can be made in a jiffy in a modestly equipped woodshop. You can make just the shakers, or if you have time, add the platform that is pictured here which…

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  • DIY Plant Table Plan

    Plant Table

    This DIY plant table is the perfect place to prepare plants for the garden. It’s also a great spot for repotting or for isolating diseased plants. The project is about 34 inches tall – standard counter height – by 46 inches long by 15 inches wide. It supports two removable trays, each measuring 7 inches…

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  • Planter Bench Plan

    Planter Bench

    This simple and elegant planter bench project is ideal for the porch, patio, or pool. Filled with plants and flowers, it will define a corner of the porch or patio with style. Featuring all straight cuts and modular construction, the project allows the builder to decide what combination of planter boxes and connecting benches works…

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  • How to Make a Wooden Spatula

    A spatula may not look like a typical lathe turning project but, in this case, it is. The lathe is used to shape the handle and add accents. We’ll show you, step by step, how to make a wooden spatula. Getting started Lay out the spatula shape. Mark out a line 4” from the end…

  • Making a Picture Frame with Pocket Hole Accents

    How many times have you been asked to make a picture frame for someone? Many, I bet. Here’s a great approach to making picture frames that doesn’t require any mitering, AND creates a cool accent by making pocket pocket holes the main joinery method. Hiding the pocket holes Making pocket holes is easy, and pocket…

  • Make Your Own Wooden Sign

    Some friends of mine have a cabin in the north woods with an out building for extra overnight guests to bunk up for the evening. It’s a great place to fall asleep on a moonlit night listening to the cooing owls and the foxes rustling through the brush. Both friends have a Swedish heritage so…

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