Woodworking Gift Ideas & Easy Wood Projects

Looking for last minute DIY wood projects that would be great woodworking gift ideas? Check out these easy woodworking projects and plans for beginner woodworkers to pro woodshop owners.

See everything from simple wood projects, up to great wood working projects for the expert. Our entire library of woodworking projects and easy woodworking plans has excellent woodworking ideas for you.

Looking for a great gift for a friend or family member or maybe a Christmas gift? Recommended woodwork projects include a turned wood box with a lid or how to make a jewlery box. New to woodworking? Great! 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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  • 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… Read more »

  • 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… Read more »

  • How to Make a Turned Wood Lidded Box

    This turned lidded box has the power to make your sweetheart smile on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter. Small is beautiful. That’s because this intermediate level turning project can be done in an afternoon at a cost that can be next to nothing. If you have some rescued firewood or off-cuts… Read more »

  • Butter Board and Spreader Set

    This butter board and spreader set provides a great accent to a special meal. From a woodworking perspective, it is easy to crank out a bunch of these in a single day, and the project also provides a great use for scrap wood. The convenient on-board storage also provides a nice home for the spreader… Read more »

  • How to Make a Paper Towel Holder

    Time is a-wasting. The holidays are upon us. If you’re struggling to figure out one more something to build for a gift, then here you go; learn how to make a paper towel holder. This is a versatile piece since it is not permanently mounted to a wall or cabinet. It can be moved and… Read more »

  • How to Make a Boot or Shoe Jack

    Whether you’re removing tight fitting boots or slip on shoes, you’ll love the quick and easy mechanical advantage of this do-it-yourself boot jack. We’ve laid it all out for you so you can easily learn how to make a boot jack too. We also provide boot jack plans below… Read more »

  • Making Picture Frames with Router

    Post-Haste Project: No-Miter Picture Frame

    This might be the fastest, easiest way on earth to make a picture frame. And it’s especially handy for woodworkers who don’t like cutting miters. One set up on the router table and you’re ready to cut the rabbet that receives the glass, picture and backer board, AND cut the corner joint. Making picture frames… Read more »

  • Make a Bottle Opener that Pops

    Does your bottle opener lack pizzazz? This clever opener features contrasting strips of woods, a curvaceous shape, and uses a coin as the bottle opening mechanism. As an added bonus, an embedded magnet catches the cap after removing it from the bottle.

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  • Lathe Project - Make a Coffee Scoop

    Lathe Project: Make a Coffee Scoop

    Any coffee lover will appreciate this project; a custom turned coffee scoop. The turning process is pretty straight forward, but there are some tricks in mounting the blank and fastening the scoop to the wooden handle. Decaf or regular, this scoop will help keep your coffee habit satisfied.

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  • How To Make a Ring Box

    A Beautiful Ring Box

    Small boxes make perfect holiday gifts. Here’s one that’s a cinch to build and costs virtually nothing. I call it a ring box, but it could hold anything: candy, dried herbs, small shells—whatever you fancy. When I’ve given these boxes to friends, the first thing they say is that it’s amazingly light. (That’s because it’s… Read more »