Hobby’s are supposed to be fun. . . or at least relaxing. How many times have you started a new hobby only to end up frustrated and grumpy? Yeah, been there. That’s why we have put together this list of 7 frustration free woodworking plans for beginners.

What’s woodworking?

Woodworking is simply making things out of wood. It could be a cabinet, bed, desk, or anything that is useful for you. So what do we need?

Woodworking Plans for Beginners

Just like any projects, it starts with a plan. So you might want to ask yourself, “What do you want to make?” It should be something that you are interested in, something that can lead your frustration to a beautiful creation.

1. Simple Boxes

Let’s start with a simple box. You can make it your jewelry box, treasure box, or utility box. You can customize a wooden box based on your desire.

Tools and Materials:

  • ½ plywood
  • Table saw
  • Marker
  • Sandpaper
  • Hinges

Step-by-step Process:

  • Using the table saw, trim the plywood and make straight edges.
  • Mark the measurements. For this box, it will be 6 inches high, 12 inches long and 6 inches wide. (If you want to make a bigger box, you can adjust the measurements.)
  • Prepare the table saw by setting the woods measurement and start cutting.
  • Make sure to have identical square corners, and then cut the plywood together by 12 inches long. Cut the ends by ¼ less of 6 inches because it will be set inside the box.
  • Cut dados into the top, bottom, front, and back of the wood.
  • Put the box together. Make sure that all dados were cut exactly before securing the box using glue.
  • You can use staple gun around the box for an even more security. Then using sandpaper, rub the plywood to make it smooth.
  • If you want to add a lid, just get plywood and cut the ends and sides by 5 inches.
  • Put some hinges on the back of the lid to hold it in place when you lift it. You can also make a handle to place on the top of the lid so it will be easier to open. Or even a hook to make it your own secret box.

2. Serving Tray

Want to make breakfast in bed? This wooden serving tray is one of the easiest to make for beginners yet the most practical one.

Tools and Materials:

  • 2 Pine board (1 x 4 x 8 ft)
  • 2 Black bar cabinet pull ( 3 ¼ in)
  • Joining biscuits
  • Biscuits
  • Wood glue
  • Paint
  • Table saw
  • Bar clamps
  • Planer
  • Power drill or screwdriver

Step-by-step Process:

  • Cut the board by its length of 18 inches and width of 3 inches for the bottom boards. And the side boards by the length of 18 inches and width of 3.25 inches. The front and back on the top side should overlap to get a cleaner look.
  • Plane all the bottom pieces with your desired thickness, and do it also with the side pieces.
  • Cut the slots for jointing biscuits and attached it with wood glue and biscuits. When it dried, glue the sides on.
  • Place the board in place using bar clamps to make the bottom of the tray.
  • Drill holes for the handles of the boards, and screw it afterward.

3. Candle Holder

If you want to make your dinner extra special and romantic, candles are very helpful. Candle holders are used widely not only in the dining area but also in bedrooms and bathrooms. So here’s how to make one.

Tools and Materials:

  • Plywood
  • Wood glue
  • Wood oil
  • Hand drill
  • Hole saw (41 mm and 47 mm)
  • Sandpaper

Step-by-step Process:

  • Cut 3 pieces of plywood using a 47 mm hole saw. Enlarge one hole using the 41 mm hole saw. Fit the candle to make sure that it’s the right size.
  • Using sandpaper, smooth the inside and outside surface of the woods. Wash them after to get rid of dust and let it dry.
  • Put the pieces together using wood glue in a decorative shape to add style to your candle holder. Put some pressure when putting them together until it dries completely.
  • Put some oil on it and let it rest for at least 10 hours. After that, wipe the excessive oil to achieve the finished product.


4. Floating Wine Bottle Holder

From the name itself, you’ll be left wondering how it is done. It’s not magic, it’s science. You just have to find balance in cutting the angle and the position of the bottle and all your guests will be left amazed.

Tools and Materials:

  • Hardwood board (15 x 3 1/8 x ¾ inches)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Chop saw
  • Hand drill
  • Drill bit (1 ½ inches)
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine)
  • Paint or stain
  • Bottle of wine

Step-by-step Process:

  • Using a pencil, mark down the measurements. Take the tape measure and measure 14 1/8 inches down, and then draw a straight line from edge to edge. Turn over the board and measure 13 ¾. Then another straight line.
  • Turn the wood on the edge and connect the line from front to back to make a 27-degree angle. Cut it exactly using a chop saw.
  • Create an “x” by measuring 3 1/8 inches from the top and 1 5/8 inches on one edge.
  • Use the hand drill and 1 ½ inch bit to cut a hole.
  • Use the medium sandpaper to smoothen surface and the fine sandpaper after.
  • Paint the wood with whatever color you prefer. You can also use stain and finish if you want.
  • Now take your favorite wine and put the mouth through the hole, adjust the location of the neck and body of the bottle to find its balance, and voila!

5. Picture Frame

Who doesn’t love to take a selfie or a groupie every now and then? We are all guilty of this habit, and what’s the best way to reminds us those moments is to put them in frames. You can keep one for yourself but this is actually a great gifts idea.

Tools and Materials:

  • Wood boards
  • Tape measure
  • Speed square
  • Miter saw
  • Palm router with a rabbet bit
  • Clamps
  • Wood glue
  • Biscuit joiner and wooden biscuits
  • Mending plates and hanging hardware
  • Glass

Step-by-step Process:

  • Use a standard size (8 x 10 inches) of the frame as a measurement for the wood boards. Cut it exactly the same width and length so that the corners match.
  • Using a speed square and tape measure mark each piece of your frame and cut it using a miter saw. Try to fit the four 45-degree boards to be sure.
  • To make a notch, carve out a space for the glass by using a router and a rabbet bit.
  • Use a biscuit joiner to connect the boards and dry fit the frame. Mark the backside of the frame with a straight line across each joint.
  • Create notches using a biscuit joiner and place the wooden biscuit into the cutout then glue for security.
  • Assemble the frame, glue them and let it dry. Mending plates are effective for keeping glass pane secured. Hang it on the wall with your favorite picture and relive the moment every time you see it.

6. Pallet Shelf

Pallet shelf is very useful in keeping our thing intact, especially when it’s hanged on the wall. You can put your books, picture frames, plants, or anything you want. It’s a great decoration in your house that is eco-friendly.

Tools and Materials:

  • Pallet
  • Hand drill
  • Hand sander
  • Saw
  • Brush
  • Polycrylic
  • Stain
  • Wood Knobs
  • Wood Glue
  • Hammer
  • Anchor
  • Screws
  • Gloves
  • Rag

Step-by-step Process:

  • After deconstructing the pallet using saw and hammer, using hand sander, smooth the surface of the wood. You can also wash them if you want for better results.
  • Wear your gloves. Apply the stain on the wood and doorknob using a foam brush and let it sit for several minutes. Clean it after using a rag. When the stain is already dry, you can apply polycrylic to make it shine and have a more finish look.
  • Measure the placements of the knobs; it depends on your design. Using hand drill, create a hole and screw the knobs.
  • Attach the bottom board on each shelf, secure it with screws.
  • Align the shelf on the wall and make sure it’s on the right level. Attach each shelf on the wall with drill, screws, and anchors.

7. iPad Dock

Being in the millennial generations, gadgets are everywhere. Almost everyone one uses cell phones, laptops, and iPads not only for entertainment but also as part of their work or study. Making an iPad stand can help you rest your hands from holding it for hours.

Tools and Materials:

  • A piece of any wood
  • Saw
  • Hand drill
  • Drill bit (19 mm)
  • Sandpaper

Step-by-step Process:

  • Make a wooden block with the measurements of 130 mm length, 80 mm width, and 24 mm height.
  • Find the middle and mark it 17 mm to the inside. Drill a 10 mm hole in the block. This is for the iPad’s home button.
  • From the side of the block, measure 17 mm and 30 mm. Using an adjustable saw, make two 27 degrees cut and 15 mm deep, this is where your iPad will sit.
  • Smoothen it up by sanding the whole block. Make sure that you rub it carefully to avoid scratches on your iPad. You can paint it or use stain and wood oil to make it shiny and stylish.

 8. Chair

You can buy different chairs in the market but make one can be your next project. A customized chair that is one in a million, now that’s worth the hard work. You just have to be careful and meticulous when it comes to measurement, but once it did, you’ll be satisfied.

Tools and Materials:

  • 5 inches of Plywood (2 x 2 & 1 x 4)
  • ¼ inches dowels
  • Wood glue
  • 5 inches screws
  • Hand drill with ¼ inches bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Circular saw


Step-by-step Process:

  • Cut 2 16.5 and 37 inches pieces of 2 x 2, 2 14 inches pieces of 1 x 4, and 1 14 inches piece of 1 x 4. Split the lengthwise into two pieces.
  • Drill ¼ inches holes halfway into the 16.5 inches post, 1 1/6 and 2 1/3 inches from the top.
  • Cut ¼ inches into both ends of a 1 x 4 board.
  • Drill ¼ inches holes halfway into the 37 inches post, 15 1/3 and 14 1/6 inches from the bottom.
  • Using wood glue put it together and inserts dowels into holes. Then fit all the pieces to form two side of the chair.
  • Slide the split 1 x 4 board 4 inches from the bottom on the side and screw them into place.
  • Cut 3 pieces of 14 inches from 1 x 4 board and 1 piece of 12 inches from 1 x 4 into 3 pieces.
  • Then cut 17 x 17 inches square for the seat, and 1.5 x 1.5 inches to the corners to make back posts.
  • Drill ¼ inches dowel holes in 1 x 4 board at one edge of the long sides.
  • Mark the locations of dowel holes to the seat between notches and drill ¼ inches dowel holes as well.
  • Drill ¼ inches dowel holes in the center of the 3 1 x 4 pieces. Also, drill holes 1 ¾ from the top from short posts and 14 ¾ from the bottom of tall posts.
  • Put the ends of the 3 pieces of 1 x 4 boards and insert dowels. Insert them into the seat back and let it dry.
  • Position the seat and glue the side’s pieces, then insert decking screws to plywood up to down center of front posts.
  • Secure everything in places, including the front and back. Insert more screw to the seat to the back place in between 3 vertical bars.
  • Smoothen the surface with sandpaper and prepare to paint or stain the chair. You can also add bean bags as a cushion to your own chair.


Nobody says that woodworking is an easy job, to be frank; it’s actually a hard job to do. You have to be patient, watchful, and at the same time careful because it takes a lot of cutting, drilling, and hammering.

But if you want to make your time to be more productive, you have to try one of 7 Frustrations Free Woodworking Plans for Beginners, not only to take your stress away but it could bring the inner sculptor in you.

What do you think? Try it now and share your new experience in the comment box!