15 Small Woodworking Projects

Scrap Projects

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I have selected a wide range products you can make without a large workshop and with minimal experience or equipment.

What’s more these suggestions not only make great presents, but also save you lots of money.


In The Home

Whiskey Barrel


This is a straightforward project if you can find a real barrel.




This is a cheeseboard which has been personalised as a wedding gift.

You can refer to this post  to learn how to cut the letters,

This board has been made from an olive tree which has reached the end of its productive life and has been replaced by a young sapling.

It’s a powerful selling point to say that the wood has been sourced from sustainable timber.

Ladder shelf

Old display ladder

This is a great way of displaying indoor plants or all kinds of knick-knacks.

You could get hold of an old ladder and attach a shelf to each rung, or make a completely new display ladder.






In The Garden

poppy birdhouse


Bird boxes are the classic project for novice woodworkers.

If you are making the box as a gift, then it’s well worth taking time with the decoration.

Here is an article which shows you how to make a bird box.


Bug Hotel

Pinterest bug houses

There are lots of homeless bugs around nowadays. Many of those cosy cracks in buildings are being filled up or destroyed.

Building a bug hotel enables you to recycle materials and provides luxurious accommodation for a host of creepie crawlies.

This article shows you how to make a bug hotel in great detail……there’s even a video that goes with it.

Wooden planter


Planters are a great way to brighten up your garden. Your planter can be made to fit in with your overall garden design.

This photo illustrates how you can incorporate a seat between two planters.

This article lists the materials required and shows you how to make any shape of planter.


In The Nursery

Dollshouse modular

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Every little girl loves a dolls house.

This modular house can be taken apart and re-erected in all kinds of configurations.

You can find plans, materials list and instructions on Ana White’s blog…..just scroll down to find the details.

Elephant Puzzle 1


Making your own jigsaw puzzles can be a bit fiddlely, but well worthwhile, especially if you personalise them.

You could use a picture of a family pet or relative.

This article shows you how it’s done.




If you fancy building something a little more ambitious then why not have a go at this front end loader.

You will find plans for it at Toys and Joys along with many other types of vehicles.

In The Games Room



The traditional game of solitaire is always popular.

It’s not too difficult to make, just follow the instructions at Get Woodworking.




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This lovely reproduction antique chessboard is made from rosewood and holly.

The craftsman in this video demonstrates how to make two, end grain, chess boards with a 3″ frame. The wood is walnut and ash.



Darts…..another perennial favourite.

This project shows you how to make a dart board cabinet using pallets.

Here are the step by step instructions.


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In The Office

Wall clock


This wall clock feels as though its come straight out of the local forest.

It is very cheap and straightforward to make.

Just follow these instructions.





Magazine rack


This rack, which is made from oak, will enhance your office or home.

It can be made with simple woodworking tools, although the guy who demonstrates how it is made in this video, has some serious kit.

Serving tray


This serving tray, which is made from rough sawn oak, measures 19″ x 13″. The long side is 11/2″ high and the ends 33/4″.

You can find full instructions here.


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I have always loved wood crafts. In my teens it was model gliders, ships in bottles, puppets, wooden toys.... Then I had to earn a crust and became a civil engineer designing and building bridges, motorways, schools...until I became a video producer. On retiring I started making dolls houses but now I am a blogger concentrating on my love of wood.
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