I’ve built a lot of stuff with wood in my life, but I do not consider myself a “woodworker” by any stretch of the imagination. When I evaluate a project that uses wood, personally, what I look for is the maximum cool result for the least amount of technical skill and work. Here, then, are ten of my personal favorite bangiest-for-the-buck wooden projects from the vault. Enjoy!


woodworkingBeginner Woodworking Project for Illusionists?


woodworkingNice DIY Bedframe Design


woodworkingDIY Wood toys for kids


woodworkingWeekend Project: Rok-Bak Chair


woodworkingUpcycling Wood Pallets


woodworkingHow-To: Build Nob Yishigahara’s “Dualock” Cross Puzzle


woodworkingHow-To: Trammel of Archimedes


woodworkingHow-To: Build Large Couches on the Cheap


woodworkingWooden Buttons From Fallen Branches


woodworkingPlywood Coffee Table

Did I miss a good one? Let me know, below!

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • http://journalofidiocracy.blogspot.com/ Dave

    #4 and #5 for me! Thanks for the post!

    Stumbled from KS

  • modernfurniture

    Some of these designs are amazing, personally I have never thought of the monochrome effect as being a good design for in the home,

    but these are fantastic examples!

    Modern Furniture

  • http://profiles.google.com/m.e.c.hunt Mark Hunt

    Great projects, but whats the Archimedes trammel for?

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    I really like your site. you have some really great ideas and tips. I’ll be sure to try them out. Thanks

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    I am looking for work bench plans, or blue prints to show me how to build a bench. I have looked, but I have failed to find something. I want to make it from scratch, I don’t want to buy a ready made bench. Any help anyone can give me, it is so greatly appreciated. Thanks!!! :)

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      If you are looking for simple woodworking projects that you can do from home then you need to look no further.

  • levi

    search on youtube “cheap sturdy work bench” 2nd to top one

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    These are very nice creations, simple but elegant. And with us you can find the most cost effective way to complete your projects. Thanks for this post!!!

  • http://woodworkingwithkids.com/articles/ Ron

    I love what you did with the wooden pallets. The design reminds me of an adirondack chair.
    I also like the very simple bed frame that still has a very nice look.
    Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.thesims3answers.weebly.com Cleo

    Hi! I was researching for my brother when i came across this – he keeps ignoring me but I think a chest of drawers would be fairly easy. Hope you like the idea!

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  • http://www.betterwoodworkingplans.com/woodworking_plans_and_designs.html Ron

    These are all great projects to start with as they each teach the basics concepts of woodworking that someone will need to go on to more complicated projects.

  • lucy

    make easier projects for students.sincerly wood teacher

    • Ricky

      l dont argee these are amazing ideas for ”talented childern” to make.

  • http://gravatar.com/toolerant Ryan Wilford

    I like the simple, rustic bedframe. This is exactly my style. I do not like it all to polished to be honest. The bench made using wood pallets is also a sweet – an amazing idea! I wonder if you could use these pallets to sleep on. If you think about it, they’re readymade duckboards. Just not to sure what kind of mattress would fit them.

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  • Mike Mkcoy

    How chuffed does the kid with the toy wood ray gun look! Thanks for the list, I think I see some on http://coolwoodprojects.club/ which looked similar or otherwise.

  • Santiago Garza

    Really great ideas!These all look fun and time consuming just what i need for my hobby. http://bit.ly/iLoveWood and this website are the only two that i have found with great ideas http://bit.ly/iLoveWood has thousands on projects that are truly easy to do with step by step instructions.

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  • Grey

    Awesome ideas! I just got the woodworking bug and made my first beer caddy from scratch (bought the kit at hatchkits.com). Think i’ll try the chair next.

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