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40 Cool Woodworking Projects (With Reference Video) in 2021

Nothing beats the satisfaction of working on some cool woodworking project either all by yourself in DIY fashion or along with your buddies. In this list of plans and projects, we have curated keeping in mind users of all kinds, from newbie hobby woodworkers to professional level woodworkers. 

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All the wood projects mentioned in the list are easy to do except a few which may require you hone your skills before you attempt them. If this is your first time diving into the world of cool wood projects then read slowly and pick a project that’s the easiest and work on it.

Once you attempt a wood project, the sense of having made something out of wood by your hands will give you enough confidence to attempt complex woodworking projects in the future.

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1. Wooden sofa bed

Have you ever wanted a sofa that could double up as a lounging chair as well as a bed? And what if it could also turn into a table top? Dreams come true, right?

Such furniture pieces, when bought from a furniture shop, can cost you an arm and a leg. But if you are good with woodworking, you can make one right at home. All you need is a few tools, and a simple tutorial.

Check out this video to learn how to make a comfy sofa bed that can even double up as a storage place.

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2. Epoxy Wood LED Pendant Lights

What better way to spend your time indoors than make LED lamps that will light up your home? Not only do they look unique and brighten up your ling spaces, but they are also incredibly cheap compared to traditional lamps.

All you need is a live edge cookies slab. Make a drain in the slap where you can fit in the LED light strips, and then pour clear resin over them. Voila! Your one-of-a-kind lamp is ready. 

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3. Laminated Cedar Spiral Lamp

Talking of lighting up your home, the laminated cedar lamp spiral can add a touch of rustic and earthy beauty. Made by bending wood into a lovely spiral case, this piece will attract the attention of every house guest that comes to visit you and soon you will have people asking you where you got the piece.

This video offers a great explainer on how to make the spiral lamp. Transform your living space into a cozy and add a romantic vibe to any room with the laminated spiral lamp.

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4. Sofa sleeve

Sofas are cozy, but you know what adds even more coziness to a sofa? A sofa sleeve where you can keep your hot drink without worrying about spillage.

Not only that, sofa sleeves are perfect for people who live in a small space or have minimal living space. This practical addition to your sofas will eliminate the need of TV trays and tables everywhere. They make it easy to lounge on your sofa while enjoying your hot drink, and all this without having to spend a ton of money.

To know more about how to make a customized sofa sleeve, check out this video.

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5. Wooden wine rack for countertops

Liven up your indoor bar with a wooden wine rack. Not only does this piece of furniture add a chic factor to your living room or den, it also draws the eye of the guests and leaves them awed.

But if you don’t drink wine yourself, you can use this DIY project as a gift for a friend. Who doesn’t like a neat little wine rack that looks so earthy and rustic. All you need is a few essential supplies, some tools, and a little bit of time to make this nifty little gift.

Check out this video to find out step by step instructions on how to make a wine rack.

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6. Decorative jewellery holder

This DIY jewelry stand is a perfect replacement of fancy wall arts. Who needs an expensive, store-bought decorative piece, when you can hang and show off your lovely earrings instead?

Add a pop of color and vibrance to your bedroom with this wooden stand, or gift it to that special someone in your life. Art is no longer limited to decoration – it is utilitarian too, and this earring holder epitomizes that.

Watch this video to learn how to make a wooden jewelry holder in a few steps.

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7. Coat and hat racks

If the entryway to your home is cluttered, it’s about time you invest in a coat and hat rack. But before you run to a furniture shop, consider building your own.

With just a few basic tools, one hour of your time, and some elbow grease, you can make racks that will match the décor of your home and custom fit into the space.

You can also fit the racks with various kinds of hooks that fit your needs. From colors, styles, to prices – there is a wide range of hooks to choose from. Check out this video for more details.

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8. Computer or laptop stand

If you have been thinking of upgrading your desk at home or work, you are in luck. A laptop stand that can raise your computer off the desk and add some storage space – who doesn’t want that?

The project is quite simple. All you need is some practice cutting the wooden parts and about an hour of your time. You’ll also be able to practice using a router table in this project.

Watch this video to get step by step instructions on the project.

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9. Folding screen

Want to give your home a vintage touch? Or simply divide a large space into smaller once? A folding screen is the perfect solution. This piece has a variety of uses – not only is it elegant to look at and extremely beautiful, but it can also screen off one part of the room into a home office, or study, or whatever you want.

All you need is some stained white oak, or wood of your preference, and some plywood panels. Use wallpaper to match with your décor, or keep it simple – the choices are endless. Find out how, here.

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10. Wood hexagonal shelves

Want to spruce up the living room with a trendy wall piece? Or need some extra space for your books? Hexagonal shelves are the answer.

These beehive shelves are incredibly jazzy, and for good reason. Hang up 3 or four of them, arrange them in whatever way you desire, paint them to match with your furniture, or simply use them as decorative pieces – the choices are truly endless here.

Hexagonal shelves are really easy to build and require just a little bit of extra effort. Plus, they will give you the confidence to use more angles in your wood projects. Learn how to make these shelves here.

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11. Multi-level plant stand

Plants and vegetation can really brighten up a room, and if you have been thinking of adding some indoor potted plants to your home, this is the piece that will enhance the space even more.

Whether you want to place it in your patio, balcony, or inside – the plant stand will fit right in. The building process is quite simple, and you do not have to mess around with complicated joints, so it won’t take too long to build either.

Follow this video tutorial to make this beautiful piece for your home. 

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12. Floating shelves with no brackets

You must have seen those floating shelves in celebrity homes on the TV and it’s true, they look pretty cool. But you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to get them for your home. Turns out, they are pretty easy.

Besides cutting and preparing the wood, you will also need to prepare the wall. First, you have to drill, and then using a Milwaukee driver, you have to drive 8-inch lag bolts into the holes. For more precise instructions, check out this video.

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13. Nelson platform bench

The vintage classic is beloved by people all over the world, and for good reason. Not only is it functional and comfy, it also lends the house a mid-century, yet modern, earthy aesthetic.

In the market, these benches go for a heft price of $1200 per piece. But what if we told you that you can build one at home for less than $100? You will need a few basic woodworking appliances, some time and patience, and some sweat.

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Check out the detailed tutorial for this project here.

14. Shoe organizer

Who doesn’t want a clean rack for storing their shoes? Not only does it keep them off the floor and look more organized, but it can also save a lot of space for those of us who live in small houses.

A shoe organizer made with wood can be customized as per your preferences – you can make one just for boots, or design it in such a way that you can store everything from summer sandals to heels. You can even have separate shoe racks for each member of the family!

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Find all the instructions for completing this project here. 

15. Mudroom lockers

Are you tired of the mess that muddy shoes and coats that are still wet can create in your mudroom? Do you want mudroom lockers, but they have always been out of your budget? Well, you are in luck. You can make some at home – all you need is some elbow grease.

These mudroom lockers have enough space to stash away all the backpacks, boots, and coats you want, plus you can design them so that there is enough ventilation. The design is also quite adaptable, so you can change things according to the space you have available.

You can make them with stained wood for $150, or use plywood to reduce the cost to $100. Check out the full tutorial here.

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16. Step stool for kitchen 

Kitchen stools can be really helpful, especially if you have a short person in the house who needs help reaching the upper cabinets. A kitchen step stool also allows you to make use of the space above the cabinets that you usually ignore because of how vertically challenging it is to reach there.

To complete this project, you will need a few basic tools like a mobile miter saw stand, miter saw track and stops, and a flush cut saw. Check out the full instructional video here.

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17. Wooden bath mat

If you want to stand out from the crowd and make a special bath mat for your bathroom, forget the plastic ones or the fabricated cotton wool ones and invest some time into making one out of wood.

It’s a bit of a non-traditional idea, but a wooden bath mat can completely change the look of your bathroom and lend it a unique point of view. You can even customize the mat to fit in with the décor of your bathroom. Use teak wood to add a bit of coziness and comfort to this space.

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Watch this video for a detailed guide to this project.

18. Tea light candle holder

Tea light candle holders can add a touch of romance and serenity to any room. Whether you light them up for a romantic dinner with your partner, to have a relaxing bath, or simply to celebrate a birthday or anniversary – they have a certain charm to them.

Not only that, you can even use these nifty little things as gifts for birthdays or Christmas. And, they are surprisingly easy to make! Get the play by play instruction for making these lovely pieces here.

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19. Wooden cross puzzle box

If you have a pet, then you know how important it is for your furry friend to be comfortable and cozy. There are hundreds of varieties of readymade pet beds in the market, but if you want to add a touch of personalization to your beloved friend’s cozy space, you can make a bed for them yourself.

The good thing is that there is not a lot that goes into it. With a couple of tools like miter saw, drill and impact driver, and some tape measure, you can create a cozy home for your beloved doggo in no time. Find the detailed instruction here.

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20. Pencil holder

If you are into arts and crafts, or sketching and painting, you must have a lot of stationery and pens to hold. And if they are all cluttered here and there right now, you will be glad to take over this project.

The wooden pencil holder is a completely personal project. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. You can decorate it with glitter and add some personal touches, or keep it minimalistic in style.

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To know more about how to make this piece, check this video out.

21. Stylish coffee table

Who says you have to spend hundreds of dollars to get a stylish coffee table? Thanks to furniture retailers, you can now get hairpin legs for coffee tables and household furniture quite easily. And due to these unassembled legs, it has become increasingly easy to make coffee tables at home.

The best part? Not only will your table be cheaper than most run-of-the-mill, standard pieces in the market, but it will also stand out, because you can make it as unique as you like.

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Check out how to make one version of a stylish coffee table here. If you want to use hairpin legs, check this one out.

22. Wooden address planter

Want to impress your guests before they even enter your home? Make a wooden address planter that not only showcases the house number and address of your residence, but also features some lovely plants.

A couple of planters can add a nice touch to the entryway. And what’s more, you can change the plants seasonally. So that when spring rolls around, your entryway is colorful with blooming flowers, but you can replace them with cactuses in winter.

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Check out how to make this piece here.

23. Plant Hanger

Talking of plants, we have already established how easily they can brighten up and enliven space. But if you don’t have the space to keep potted plants in your home, worry not. Plant hangers are now the newest trend that is taking the world by storm.

And now, you can add plants to your home while showing off your skills with wood. Plant hangers that are exquisitely crafted with your own hands can give your home a calming feeling that is simply unmatched.

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Check out how to make plant hangers here.

24. Lawn chair

Outdoor furniture is extremely comfy and can add a bit of vibrance and pop of color to an otherwise drab space. Plus, you can never have enough of it. That is why, you should invest your time in making a popping, beautiful, and vibrant lawn chair.

There is another advantage to making your own chair – you can decide what style you want! There are so many styles to pick from, and you do not have to limit yourself to one, if you have the time. You can make an Adirondack chair, a campfire chair, or a good old-fashioned lounge styled patio chair.

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25. Beer caddy

If you are a beginner in woodworking, you probably don’t want to take on too much right as you are getting started. That is why, the beer caddy is the perfect project for you. You can practice batching out wood pieces, and you can even make these pieces as gifts for your friends.

You will need some basic tools like a bandsaw, miter gauge, disc sander, table saw, planer, etc. but for the most part, the beer caddy is a project that needs elbow grease, patience, and time. Find out how to make one here.

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26. Wooden arrows

Wall décor doesn’t have to be expensive and complicated to look beautiful. In the modern age, the simpler the things are, the more attractive they are.

You don’t have to spend a lot either. Wooden arrows are an inexpensive, simple project that is enjoyable and looks sophisticated and classy. And that’s not all – it is so versatile, you can hang it up almost anywhere – in the living room, bathroom, bedroom, or the hall! You can even paint them to match your current color-scheme!

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Check out this video to know how to make this piece.

27. Bathtub tray

Bathing is not just for cleaning. With the introduction of so many bathing products in recent times, it has become clear that bathing is now a relaxing activity. After a long, hard day at work, grab your book, light a scented candle, pour yourself a glass of wine, and settle into your bathtub for some alone-time.

And you know what can make your bath time even more comfy? A bath tray, where you can place all the stuff you need without fear of getting it all wet.

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Check out how to make a gorgeous and functional bathtub tray here.

28. Serving trays

Speaking of trays, why limit your woodworking skills to the bathtub tray? Why not show off what you can do in the living room as well? A customized serving tray can not only impress your guests with your skill, but you can even gift it to your loved ones as a reminder of your generosity.

The best part is that this project is so simple that it will barely take any extra equipment. You can also play around with techniques and materials for this project. Check out how to make this gorgeous tray here!

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29. Wooden key holder

Here’s the thing – it is way too easy to lose your keys in the house. All of us, at some point, have spent minutes or even hours looking for our car keys or house keys before leaving the house.

But what if we told you that you can solve this problem once and for all with some woodworking skills? Put an end to all the frantic searching by making a wooden key holder for your home. With just beginner level woodworking skills, you can make a beautiful piece that will stand out.

Check out how to make a key holder here!

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30. Cutting board

Cutting boards are universally needed – and they can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. You can find a wide variety of cutting boards and cheese boards in the market nowadays, but what if you could make your own with just a few tools?

A cutting board is indeed one of the simplest woodworking projects, and if you are a beginner, it is the perfect start to your journey into woodworking. Because it doesn’t have to be intricately complex to work.

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Learn how to make a wooden cutting board here!

31. Wooden nightstand

You know what can add a flair of classiness and sophistication to your living room? A mid-century nightstand. Besides the obvious addition of storage space, this piece of furniture can truly elevate the look of a room to a whole new level.

And what’s even better, a nightstand is extremely easy to make. There are hundreds of tutorials available and you just have to choose the kind of nightstand you want to get started.

To get the modern farmhouse look, check this one out. Or get a more rustic look from this one, or make one with plywood as shown here. The choices are truly endless.

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32. Wooden photo holders

Display your favorite pictures of friends and family with a beautiful photo holder. The good thing about photo holders made out of wood is that you can make them as simple or as complex as you like. And you can also use them as a personalized gift – just add a lovely picture of the person you are giving it to.

To learn how to make a wooden photo holder, check out this video. You can also make good old-fashioned wood picture frames as shown here.

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33. Tic tac toe

The game itself is not that complicated, but it is certainly good for spending some time with your family. If you have small kids you want to keep occupied, this wooden tic tac toe game can keep them entertained for hours.

You can also gift this simple and lovely game, because it isn’t just a game, it can even be used as a decorative piece. You can use stickers to spice up the faces of the boxes – you can make them Christmas themed, or simply use a motif that your loved ones like.

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Check out how to make this simply yet lovely piece here.

34. Chessboard

Now you may have forgotten about this classic childhood game, but it can be a fun board game for the entire family. If you have teenaged children, a good old-fashioned game of chess can be a great way to spend time with them.

And you can build a custom board for yourself now too! This really easy project involves selecting some contrasting wood pieces, some glue, and a few basic woodworking tools.

If you are ready to start this project, check out this video. If you want to make your own minimalistic style pieces too, check out this one here.

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35. Dog bowl stand

For people who have pets, you know you want the best things for your furry friends. A food bowl for your dogs is perhaps the best gift for them, because we all know how much dogs love eating.

Although there are many varieties of dog bowls available online and offline, you can personalize this piece by creating it yourself. It’s not very difficult, and you will have the pride of creating something for your faithful friends.

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Check out how to make a standing dog bowl here.

36. Mobile holder

Do you like watching Netflix on your phone? Streaming YouTube? Or maybe you just like to watch tutorials for making wooden pieces while working?

In any case, a mobile holder can make life quite easy. Although there are many mobile holders available in the market, they are usually not very sturdy. Make your own mobile holder that is custom designed for your phone.

Whether you use an iPhone or an Android smartphone currently, you can make a universal mobile holder that will work even for your future purchases. Learn how to make this piece here. 

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37. Shower corner shelves 

If there is one place in your house where you can always use more space, it is the bathroom. Shampoos, conditioners, face washes, body washes, bath bombs and a million other things need to be stored in the bathroom, and if you are anything like me, you are running out of space.

So why not make floating shower shelves for that empty corner in your bathroom? You can store your toiletries and towels here, use it for lighting some candles when taking a bath, or even use some decorative pieces.

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Get the step by step tutorial for this project here.

38. Knife organizer

If you love cooking, you must have a variety of knives for different purposes. Peeling ones, steak knives, small knives, big knives and everything in between. But if you do not keep them organized, it can be quite dangerous.

Instead of buying a knife organizer, why not make one for yourself at home? Not only will it prevent any accidental cuts, but it can also keep your knives sharp for a very long time. And making one yourself means that you won’t burn a hole in your pocket either!

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Learn how to make a gorgeous knife organizer here!

39. Bending plywood for coffee table replacement

Many times, you may have a lot of guests at home. And this can mean that there aren’t enough tables to serve food and drinks. A kerf bending plywood piece can serve as a replacement for your coffee table in these times. And the good news? You can easily make it yourself!

This piece is especially great for people who have a lot of ottomans in their home, because it can very easily transform them into a table, without ever dirtying the fabric of the ottomans. Learn how to make one here. 

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40. Japanese desk lamp - A Japanese Woodworking project

Lighting up your home and office in a traditional Eastern style has never been easier. This Japanese style desk lamp made from LED lights and wood is a statement piece, and soon you will have guests asking you where you got it. This can become a really cool japanese woodworking project for you.

You can also use a simple electric bulb if you don’t want to get LED lights. And it’s incredibly affordable – with just $100, you will have created a truly outstanding lamp that you will be proud of forever.

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Learn how to make this lamp here!

Conclusion

Now you have a bunch of really cool woodworking projects and interesting ideas to work on. Nearly all of them can be treated as DIY woodworking projects since they are not very complex and can be done alone or with a bunch of friends. We along with Bill Baum are constantly trying to improve our list of projects so do keep an eye and share the stuff with your friends. Do reach out with suggestions or if you have tried any of the above projects. 

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