Whether you’re a beginner or an expert woodworker, there are lots of fun and challenging projects for you to take on. In this guide, we’ll help woodworking beginners get up to speed on the types of lumber you can work with, tool usage basics and more, while also providing some more advanced project ideas for our expert craftspeople.
Woodworking Project Ideas
Before you can get started on your projects, you’ll need to learn some woodworking basics. These guides will show you some common joining methods, types of wood, and give you info on nails, screws and other woodworking essentials.
Always remember to use protective gear like safety glasses, gloves and hearing protection when needed.
Understanding the Woodworking Tools
Need a tool that you don’t currently have for a project? You can easily rent tools from your local Home Depot store when you need them. You can also rent on your terms, as we offer 4-hour, daily, weekly, and monthly rentals. You can even order your tool rentals ahead of time by making an online reservation so they’re ready for you when you get to the store.
Easy Woodworking Projects for Kids or Beginners
If your kids want to try woodworking, these projects are a great jumping-off point to learn the tools and build some awesome projects like bird houses, wooden flags and other fun items. Remember, children should always be supervised around power tools, making these great family projects which also include painting, assembling and more.
These are also great projects for beginner woodworkers who want to try their hand at creating something fun!
In this guide, we’ll show you how to build a homemade birdhouse that birds can enjoy throughout the season. Follow our steps for an easy DIY birdhouse.
DIY Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder
How do you keep squirrels off a bird feeder? This easy DIY project will show you how to make a bird feeder pole with wood and PVC pipe that squirrels can’t climb.
DIY Outdoor Games Series
Learn how to make Ring Toss and Dominos, so you never have to search for something fun to do this summer. Try these easy DIY projects this weekend.
DIY Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids
Follow these easy steps and keep kids and pets entertained outdoors with this DIY backyard obstacle course that includes ramps and balance beams.
DIY Pegboard & Pegboard Shelves
Create a DIY pegboard shelf to get you organized while keeping style in mind. Bring this pegboard idea to life with these 9 easy steps.
How to Make a Wooden Canadian Flag
Learn how to make a rustic wooden canadian flag with our guide. Show off your National pride and add a patriotic touch to any room with an easy DIY project.
DIY Wooden Toolbox
Crafting this DIY wooden toolbox is easier than you think with our simple steps. It’s an ideal way to store and carry essential tools for home projects.
How to Build a DIY Planter Box
We’ll show you how you can build a beautiful DIY wooden planter box to feature flowers or grow delicious veggies with this simple how-to guide.
DIY Garden Box
It’s easier than you think to learn how to build a garden box for your outdoor space. Our guide outlines how to make a beautiful DIY garden box out of wood.
Spruce up your garden this spring with a DIY trellis. Help your plants grow, create a vibrant and full garden by building your own beautiful trellis.
How to Make a House Number Planter
Make your home exterior even more attractive to your guests by following this easy and simple DIY house number planter guide.
DIY Side Table
Learn how to build an easy DIY side table that is the perfect fit for tight spaces. Our guide will show you all the necessary steps, tools and materials.
DIY Jewellery Organizer
A jewellery holder is the perfect way to display and organize your accessories. Follow these simple steps and build your own beautiful jewellery organizer.
DIY Industrial Media Console
Add a stylish touch to any home with this DIY Industrial TV Stand. Made of natural wood and pipe, this is the perfect storage solution for your living room.
DIY Wall Panelling
By installing wall panelling, you can refresh the look of any room. This is an easy project to create a beautiful, panelled accent wall in your home.
DIY 3-Tier Hanging Planter
Learn how to make an indoor DIY hanging planter with our easy guide and video. Create a rustic 3-tier wood hanging planter with rope and lumber to hold your plants.
DIY Bar Cart
Looking for bar cart ideas? Build a DIY bar cart with wood and black iron pipe fittings. Use outdoors to serve guests or wheel it indoors for extra storage.
DIY Indoor Greenhouse
Extend the growing season by building a DIY indoor greenhouse for your plants. We’ll show you video and steps to make a mini greenhouse that doubles as décor!
DIY Dog Bed
Give your dog a comfy and stylish place to sleep with this DIY dog bed. We'll show you how to build a frame that will give them a cozy place to snooze.
How to Build a DIY Slat Wall
A slat wall is a very easy way to add a DIY accent wall to any room. We’ll show you how to build it yourself with just a few tools and some easy steps.
DIY Spice Rack
Create a fun and stylish place to hold all your spices with this DIY spice rack. Follow our simple step-by-step guide and get building today.
Intermediate-Level Woodworking Projects
Once you’ve gotten the hang of your tools, materials and basic woodworking principles, you can move on to some of these more intermediate projects like headboards, floating shelves, wall panelling and more.
DIY Tree Swing
Get instructions to build a DIY tree swing. These tree swings are easy to build, very fun for the entire family and a great addition to your backyard!
DIY Entryway Bench
If you’re looking for mudroom bench ideas, check out this DIY entryway bench with storage. It’s perfect to ensure your mudroom is stylish and functional.
DIY Wooden Headboard
This guide will teach you how to build a DIY wooden headboard with a chevron pattern for a queen-size bed. Follow our cut list and step-by-step instructions.
DIY Coat Rack
Learn how to build your own coat rack by following our simple tips for this project. Add a modern and charming touch to your home with this DIY coat rack.
How to Build Freestanding Open Shelves
Complement your household décor with a customized open shelving wall unit. Learn how to make these freestanding open shelves as a bookcase or room divider.
How to Build a DIY Cat Tree
In this guide, you’ll learn how to build an easy DIY cat tree. Give your cat a place to climb, scratch and play with this easy and inexpensive project.
DIY Blanket Ladder
Add some comfy flair to your home with this simple, easy-to-make wooden DIY blanket ladder. Create a beautiful blanket ladder to match your interior design.
DIY Wine Rack
Follow our step-by-step guide to build an easy homemade wine rack to impress guests and add an extra touch to kitchens or dining rooms.
DIY Hanging Planter for Herbs
Follow these steps for an easy to complete homemade herb garden rack. Hang it in your kitchen for fresh herbs and microgreens with every meal.
DIY Plant Stand
This step-by-step guide will show you how to create an easy and beautiful DIY plant stand with some boards and dowels using minimal tools.
DIY Vertical Garden
Build your own vertical garden so you can add more plants even on a small space. This DIY vertical garden is perfect for a small backyard or a balcony.
How to Build DIY Floating Shelves
Floating shelves will give you more storage space and help you display your favourite pieces. Learn how to build your own DIY floating shelves.
DIY Shiplap Fireplace Wall
Build your own shiplap fireplace wall with an electric fireplace insert. Add a modern touch to your living space while keeping warm in the colder months.
Barn Wood DIY Feature Wall
A beautiful, rustic barn board accent wall can be used to accent a room or be the showcase of a home and it’s easier to build than you might think!
DIY Shiplap Accent Wall
Installing shiplap accent wall is an easy way to enhance and bring style to any room in your home. Learn how to install this DIY shiplap wall in six steps.
DIY Modern Accent Wall
Creating a striking modern accent wall is easy with this step-by-step guide. We’ll show you how to use mouldings to make this beautiful feature wall.
How to Make a Live Edge Coffee Table
Build your own live edge coffee table with this easy DIY. Get the high-end look of live edge furniture using a pine slab, steel legs and some know-how.
DIY Dining Table
This guide will take you through all the steps to build a DIY dining table. Add charm to your dining room or kitchen with this beautiful woodworking project.
DIY Laptop Stand
Whether you’re working from the couch, a desk or in bed, this multi-purpose wood laptop stand has you covered. Follow our steps to build a DIY laptop stand.
How to Make a DIY Cornhole Game Board
Follow our easy steps, pick a design and build your own DIY cornhole board! This simple project will bring more fun for all the family on summer weekends.
How to Build an Accessible Raised Garden Bed
With these easy-to-follow instructions, you can learn how to build an accessible raised garden bed of your very own and enjoy the blossoms to come.
Woodworking Project Ideas for Experts
You’ve mastered the tools, methods and materials in the beginner and intermediate projects and are now ready to move on to some expert-level projects. In these guides, we’ll build bed frames, live-edge shelving and even children’s playhouses!
DIY TV Stand
A new TV Stand can add character and function to your living room. Learn how to build a wooden DIY TV Stand, cut list and required tools with our guide.
How to Build a DIY Bed Frame
A DIY bed frame is the perfect addition to your bedroom. Follow our cut list and step-by-step instructions to build your own queen size bed frame.
How to Build a Bookcase
Get the perfect space to store your collection of books by building an elegant custom bookcase. We’ll show you how with our step-by-step guide.
This guide will show you how to build a DIY desk using simple and affordable materials. Build your own computer desk in a few, easy steps.
How to Build a DIY Kitchen Island
A kitchen island is the best way to transform your kitchen and increase counter space. Learn how to build a simple DIY kitchen Island with our guide.
DIY Playhouse for Kids
A DIY Playhouse is the perfect addition to your outdoor area. Follow our easy, step-by-step guide learn how to build the ultimate hideaway for the kids.
DIY Backyard Ice Rink
Enjoy your very own ice skating rink this winter! Follow our step-by-step instructions and build a DIY ice rink in the comfort of your own backyard.
Keep your tools and materials organized with this DIY Workbench. We’ll show you all the necessary steps, tools and materials to build your own workbench.
DIY Loft Bed
A loft bed is a great, space-saving option for smaller rooms. With the bed on top, you’ve got room for a small workspace underneath, or even an area to add other items or accessories. Whether you’re looking for a loft bed with a desktop or a loft bed with stairs, we’ll help you create a loft bed plan – including a cut list – that can get help you get this project done right.
Finishing Your Project
With your woodworking projects complete, we’ll go over with you how to finish them the right way, including sealing them so they’re more weather-resistant, staining them to their final colours, and even distressing them with chalk paint.
How to Stain Wood
Learn how to stain wood and how to finish a live edge wood table for a professional look, including how to choose stain and tips on how to apply stain.
How to Paint Furniture with Chalk Paint
Learn how to use chalk paint to paint furniture. Our chalk paint tips (from painting to distressing the wood) will help you create beautiful furniture.
How to Apply Polyurethane to Wood
Give your projects maximum durability and a smooth finish with polyurethane. This guide will show you how to apply polyurethane to wood the right way.