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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  • 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.

  • 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…

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  • Animal Ark

    This do-it-yourself animal ark project will keep little hands and big imaginations busy when it’s too wet to go outside. A natural for rainy afternoons, the project features pairs of lions, giraffes, bears, pigs, cows, elephants, horses and camels that fit on a sturdy ark. And when the deluge is over, the whole menagerie is ready to…

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  • Cedar Birdhouse Plans

    If you spend a lot of time in the yard or garden during the warm weather, then this do-it-yourself birdhouse will make a great summer project. Not only will the birds love it, but as it ages the wood (western cedar) will turn a soft silver color and the copper roof will acquire a handsome green patina.  The project…

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  • How to Make a Recipe Box

    Recipe Box

    Let the Feast Begin! At our house, we use an iPad search for much of our cooking, but we also have a slew of recipes passed down from grandparents or culled from the Food & Wine section of the local newspaper. I’ll never throw away these pre-internet culinary gems, and I’ve designed a simple, beautiful…

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  • How to Make a Wood Handled Bottle Opener

    This Christmas, why not make something new from something old for that certain someone? A little prized scrap wood is all it takes to transform a humdrum plastic handled bottle opener into handcrafted wood handled bottle opener. I found two such bottle openers knocking around my kitchen. The first had a short, narrow tang with…

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  • Cavatelli Pasta-Making Paddle – Revisited

    WWGOA reader Henry Kay took Paul Mayer’s cavatelli paddle to another level. He owns a CNC (computer numerical controlled) router system and programmed it to make the paddle and engrave the recipe on the reverse side. In an effort to make the text easier to see, Henry darkened it with coffee. The entire paddle was…

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  • Small Precious Box

    This box is great as a gift. It’s easy to make, using a dowel as a hinge pivot, so there’s no need to mortise for hinges and drill for screws–which saves tons of time. This box could be made with dovetailed corners, but this is the express version, with miters for the corners. While measurements…

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  • Cavatelli Pasta-Making Paddle

    One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the home of my friends to eat cavatelli pasta made by their mother, Albena (“Bena”), master cook and mother of seven. This savory pasta is a small ridged dumpling-like noodle, where the ridges add an appealing texture and hold more sauce. Bena uses a production-class machine…

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