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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  • Beginner Woodworking Projects: Matching Saw Horses and Shop Stools

    How to Make Sawhorses and Matching Shop Stools

    Effectively learn how to make sawhorses and matching shop stools with this instructional video hosted by master woodworker George Vondriska. When not in use, the stools and horses stack, keeping them out of your way. Everything can be made from only two sheets of plywood. We’ve provided the cutting diagram.

    This is a great project for beginners looking for a simple learning experience, or intermediate builders that could use a few uncomplicated and genuinely useful projects for their own shop. There’s nothing worse than being unable to properly support larger pieces you’re working on in the shop. A few shop-made sawhorses and shop stools should be among the first woodworking projects that a beginner takes on. Within the wide variety of woodworking videos available on the Woodworkers Guild of America site, this handy video offers one of the most useful projects for your shop.

    George will walk you through the step-by-step process for how to make sawhorses and shop stools using only two sheets of plywood. No fancy tools required, either. The final product includes four of each item. During the creation of the I-beams — used to improve stability and rigidity of the sawhorses in this case — George divulges a handy tip to easily keep track of the center line of long boards when making connections from the outside edge.

    If you need more storage, the shop stools can be easily modified to allow for small shelving units between the legs for additional storage space, or even modified with holes for handy tool hangers. Similarly, you may also consider modifying the sawhorses if you need additional functionality, such as adding a few useful hooks to the sides of the vertical I-beam boards. These could be used to keep cables and cords off the floor while working, or as handy temporary storage for safety gear such as goggles, gloves, or hearing protection.

    This video on how to make sawhorses provides you with all the steps necessary to get a beautiful finished product. George even shares an incredibly simple yet effective technique to keep your vertical pieces in an upright position that you won’t want to miss.

    With this straightforward guide on how to make sawhorses and shop stools, you’ll be well on your way to creating a couple of the staple devices you’ll use in your workshop for years to come!

  • How to Build a Birdhouse

    How to Build a Birdhouse

    Expert woodworker George Vondriska and his guest demonstrate the easy step-by-step woodworking process for how to build a birdhouse from one piece of solid cedar wood. You’ll learn how to make all the necessary accommodations for the birds in your neighborhood, including a space for seed and waste removal. Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue provided…

  • Wooden Houdini Wine Bottle Holder

    Wooden Houdini Wine Bottle Holder

    Spike Carlsen introduces a quick and simple woodworking project that you can make for your house or give as a gift. The Houdini wine bottle holder is a magical wine stand that is practically effortless to make. Spike teaches you how to craft this unique bottle holder in three easy steps, then you can sand…

  • Build a Cribbage Board

    Build a Cribbage Board

    George Vondriska and A.J. Moses discuss the process for making a cribbage board from scrap wood in your woodworking shop. These cribbage board plans are included in the WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video. Read the article Make a Cribbage Board with Peg Storage to get step-by-step instructions and a cut list for this…

  • Building a Knife Block

    A knife block is a great gift project that you can easily build in less than a day. This compact knife block was designed to fit a limited counter space, eliminate some knife clutter and house the knives used only on a weekly basis, and also features an accessible spot for the handy kitchen scissors.…

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  • Dresser Tray

    Here’s a neat last minute gift idea. The construction is fairly simple. It’s one of those “how’d you do that” projects, and that makes it a particularly good gift since recipients think you spent more time making it than you really did! To make it you’ll need a table saw, miter saw, one band clamp,…

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