So you’ve decided you have a few woodworking ideas and you want to take on a few projects! That’s great!
Woodworking is an excellent skill to learn, whether you want to make projects to sell, or want to indulge it as a serious hobby.
Still, taking those first few steps can be intimidating. Woodworking is a pretty involved craft with a lot of possibilities, and it can be hard to know where to start.
To start, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the tools and materials that you’ll be using in your projects. Naturally, you’re going to want to learn everything you need to know about the most common types of wood, but that’s just the beginning.
Woodworking involves a lot of different tools and materials besides two by fours, and you’ll need to verse yourself in the use of the most common ones. Additionally, you’re going to want to make sure that you know all the important safety precautions that you need to take.
Woodworking involves a lot of potentially dangerous tools if you don’t know how to use them safely.
Idea 1 – Simple pieces of furniture:
Simple chairs and tables, especially chairs and tables intended for the outdoors, make a good foray into making functional furniture that has to be able to take the weight of a person.
This can be an intimidating step to take for a lot of people, but it’s important that you get comfortable making furniture as soon as possible, as a lot of the woodworking that you’ll want to engage in revolves around making useable furniture.
Idea 2- A small letter holder:
makes a great first project, as it doesn’t require a lot of materials or complicated steps, but it will still familiarize yourself with a lot of essential steps like a ruling, marking, cutting and joining pieces of wood.
It’s also a good start because you won’t be making anything that needs to support a lot of weight.
Idea 3 – Bird Feeder:
A feeder is a great way to attract all kinds of birds. However, if waking up to chirping turns you into a grump, then maybe this isn’t the best project for you.
Idea 4- Bench:
This is an excellent piece of outdoor furniture that’s both practical and stylish on your front porch or back deck. My parents bought one year ago, and over several harsh winters, the wood rotted and decayed. This past summer my dad took it apart, cut new wood, sanded and varnished and painted, and eventually put together a whole new bench.
Idea 5- Rocking Horse:
This project is for the more adventurous woodworker because all the curved pieces can be challenging, but what a great gift for your new child or grandchild.
If your first niece was born less than a week ago and you are thinking of taking on this project. It’ll be a while before she starts walking so you have got plenty of time to finish it!
These are only a few woodworking ideas to get you started thinking about your own needs. And don’t be scared of a challenge. If you can follow project plans, you can build anything in time. Be adventurous! Get creative!