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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  • Build a Wooden Recipe Box – Great Woodworking Gift Idea

    This is a great woodworking project. We’re calling it a wooden recipe box, but it could be used for nearly anything; jewelry, knick knacks, or any other small items. It’s simple to make, and could easily be built in a day. Joinery A common approach to creating solid corners on boxes or cabinets is using…

  • George’s First Woodworking Project

    Thank goodness for Moms, who are so good at saving things from our childhood. In this case, we’re talking about one of the first woodworking projects that George ever made, way back in his junior high school days. Here’s a throwback to how George got started in woodworking, leading to what he’s doing today. Although…

  • Building a Box with Barrel Sides: Part 2

    This instructional video will show you just how easy building a box can be. Even better, it’s a box with curved sides, with adds a very interesting detail. If you haven’t already seen it, be sure to watch Part 1 of this project series prior to watching this video. Getting ready for a top and…

  • Building a Box with Barrel Sides: Part 1

    Be careful. Once you build one of these cool projects everyone is going to want one. It’s a great looking box that looks way more complex than it is. You’ll find that building a box is pretty darn easy to do. This is a two-part video, so be sure to catch both parts to get…

  • Cool Upcycled Wood Boxes Using Salvaged Wood

    Contributing Editor A.J. Moses makes a business out of using salvaged wood. In fact, he calls his company Castaway Woodworks because so much of the material he uses has, literally, been cast away by someone else. He takes a lot of pride in giving those materials new life. Working with reclaimed wood Using salvaged wood…

  • How to Build a Bat House

    Why a Bat House? I have bats in my belfry. Well, actually, they’re in my barn where I store my lumber and I’d like to get them out. Although my initial research was aimed at getting rid of the bats, I ended up building them a house. Here’s why: I discovered that many of my…

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  • Build a Three Legged Stool

    This three legged stool is a woodworking project that you can complete in no time. Made from contrasting woods (cherry, walnut and maple in this case) it’ll be an attractive and useful addition to any room. Skills required You’ll need to be able to cut a perfect circle for the seat of your three legged…

  • Making Picture Frames Without Using Miters

    Making picture frames is a great way to take advantage of your woodworking skills and, as you make them and give them away, your friends will love you for it. They’re a great gift. If you’ve struggled with making picture frames (or haven’t even tried it) because the prospect of cutting miters makes smoke come…

  • How to Make a Dibble

    How to Make a Dibble for Gardening Using a Lathe

    If you, or someone you know, dabbles in gardening, you need to learn how to make a dibble for the dabbler. A dibble is used for planting; it’s very helpful for producing a hole for a bulb or seed, and getting the hole just the right depth. Lathe work Learning how to make a dibble…

  • Build Your Own Clock

    Build a Veneer-Faced Clock

    Here’s a timely gift that you can make in no time. Following along with our instructional video you can easily build your own clock; a style of clock that can can live on a shelf or nightstand. Skills learned This project teaches you how to apply veneer, and how to use a caul to keep…