Nothing adds character to a home like wood. It can become quite expensive to buy finished wood pieces, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to add some wood charm to your home. Here are some easy woodshop projects that even a beginner can do.
Why not welcome visitors to your home with a unique wooden door mat? The beauty of this door mat is that you can finish it any way that works for your home, even painting a personalized welcome message on it. Your friends will be amazed when they discover that you made it yourself. This is such an easy project, that you’ll want to make one for each entry door.
Use 2x2s that have been cut to a length of 2 feet. You’ll need 17 total. Pine is inexpensive and easy to work with, but cedar will give the finished project a bit more depth of character. Drill a hole at each end, about 4 inches from the edge. Sand them down to a smooth finish, and apply stain to them. When dry, thread rope through each piece, knotting it between each board, and at each end.
How about turning a plastic rotating spice holder into a beautiful wooden Lazy Susan? You can easily accomplish this with just a round piece of pine, a rotating spice rack, some bonding glue, and some stain. You can buy a prefabricated sheet of pine for this project if you’re so inclined, but it would be easy to cut one out too.
Sand your wood to a silky smooth finish, removing any imperfections along the ends where you made your cuts. Apply your stain, and allow to dry overnight. Use a heavy duty, multi-surface glue, applied to the top edge of the spice rack, to attach the spice rack to the bottom of the piece of wood. Once the glue has dried, set it on the center of your table and place your salt and pepper shakers on it. Decorate it with a bouquet of flowers as a center piece.
You can turn a reclaimed wood beam into beautiful bookends to add some rustic charm to your bookshelves. They’ll also look great on your mantle above the fireplace. They’re easy to make, and you’ll have the satisfaction of having put some wood to good use that would otherwise have ended up in the burn pile.
Clean up your wood beam to remove dirt and debris, and remove any splinters or nails. Using a circular saw, cut pieces from the beam, approximately 8x4x3. Sand them to a rough finish with 80 grit sandpaper. Using your circular saw set to a 45 degree angle, make cuts on the blocks to give them a multi-faceted appearance. Coat the finished bookends with wood sealer to preserve the natural wood finish, or use stain or paint to give your book ends a more finished appearance.
These are some great examples of easy woodshop projects that you can do using scrap wood that you already have around your home, to add some class to your living space. What you can make for your home is only limited by your imagination.