These woodworking projects are easy and can be completed by a beginner with very little woodworking experience. All of our DIY tutorials provide clear and detailed instructions.
How We Got Started with DIY
Before getting into diy projects we lived in a one bedroom apartment for a couple of years before buying out first home. At the time we loved watching HGTV and we had so many ideas, but had a tiny budget.
After purchasing our first home, we realized that a few thousand dollars doesn’t go very far when you have to pay a contractor.
So, we looked around and found projects that we could tackle ourselves and save money.
We started small with things like paint and laminate flooring than worked our way up to bigger projects.
My husband was prior military and had experience working on fighter jets, so he had an understanding of tools.
He enjoyed working on projects, so I took advantage of that and pushed him to do more projects than he probably planned on.
In the end he is thankful that I pushed him because he realized what he is capable of! So, I am not just a nagging wife, I am a supportive wife LOL.
Why You Should Try Woodworking Projects
We are by no means woodworking experts, so you may find some of our carpentry or finish work a little rough if you are a pro.
The most intimidating thing about woodworking is learning how to use power tools.
Once have you feel comfortable with power tools and have a good understanding of lumber sizing than you are good to go!
What Are You Afraid of?!
I was afraid of power tools and made my husband do all of the cuts and drilling. My husband started to get tired of me asking him to do all these projects, so I had to learn how to do things myself.
I stopped and thought what was I even afraid of? After thinking about it, I realized I was afraid of hurting myself with the power tools or cracking wood while drilling.
I was afraid because I never gave myself the chance to learn how the tools worked, so I just avoided them because my husband would cut things for me.
How to Get Comfortable with Power Tools
To get comfortable with power tools, I read the manual and watched some videos to get an idea of what to avoid. It also, helped that I could ask my husband questions and have him demonstrate how to use the tools.
The most important thing to learn is how to prevent injury. Always read the instructions included with your power tools, and be sure to keep yourself safe with personal protective equipment.
Even if you feel like you are a pro with tools, you should never rush around with power tools. Take your time to prevent injury and to be more accurate with your project.
Every time I have rushed to finish any project it looks sloppy. I end up redoing it anyway, so remember to slow down because you really aren’t saving any time!
What Tools Do I Need to Start Woodworking Projects?
Do not your rush to the home improvement store and buy thousands of dollars in power tools. If you have the budget to do that then go for it, but you don’t have to spend a ton of money.
When we first started we had a good quality drill and basic items like hammer, screw drivers etc. One of our first big projects was installing laminate flooring. Instead of buying a saw for this project, we borrowed a jigsaw from a friend.
If you don’t have a friend or family member that you can borrow tools from, you can rent tools from most home improvement stores.
Not only do you save money by borrowing or renting tools, you learn what tools you like and don’t like.
My husband realized that he didn’t love the jigsaw that we borrowed, but it got the job done. After using this tool he found that he preferred another brand with different features.
Asides from saving money, you will get a better idea of what tools are worth owning and what tools aren’t.
If you don’t see yourself using a certain tool all the time then don’t waste your money and buy it. Not only is it a waste of money to buy things you won’t use that often, but after a while it becomes hard to store all these items.
We only have a one car garage, so we are overwhelmed with tools now that we have taken on quite a few projects.
Understanding Lumber Sizing
Asides from learning about power tools, you should read about the sizing of lumber. A 2×4 is not really a 2×4, so when you take on your next project you should be aware of the nominal size vs the actual size.
We simplified the lumber sizing with this guide.
After you complete a few woodworking projects, the lumber size will come easy to you because you have it memorized.
You can also take a tape measure to the store or borrow one from the shelf at the store to measure lumber, if you aren’t sure.
Here are some of our most popular woodworking projects. Some of these projects were completed using scrap wood, so these can] be made for free.
Remember to always save extra piece of wood because you never know what you can turn it into!
DIY Coffee Table
This coffee table design can be customized to fit your space and personal style. We made this coffee table with scrap 4×4 legs because we had extra wood from our kitchen table.
So, if you prefer a different design these legs can easily be swapped out for something else.
Farmhouse Kitchen Table
When we moved into our first home, we had an Ikea table that was falling apart. We added some extra nails into the table to stabilize it, but it didn’t have much more life left in it.
Instead of buying a new kitchen table we made this farmhouse kitchen table to fit perfectly into this small dining area.
Floating Picture Shelves
These picture shelves are so easy to make and cost under $20 to make a set. This is a prefect project if you want to get used to power tools before taking on a larger woodworking project.
Scrap Wood Mirror Frame
We had extra materials from a board and batten accent wall, so we upcycled the material and turned it into a bathroom mirror frame.
This is another easy woodworking project that requires minimal use of power tools.
Farmhouse Console Table
Our friends surprised us with this farmhouse console table that they made when we moved into our first home. We think this is where the beginning of our love for diy projects started.
If our friends could build this console table, then we figured we could take on other woodworking projects too!
Scrap Wood Desk
We made this desk from scrap 2x4s and plywood that was taking up space in our garage. I needed a small desk to place a laptop on, so we built this small desk to fit in a corner of our bedroom.
This diy desk comes with woodworking plans to make your project even easier!
DIY Home Bar Plans
This is home bar is the biggest woodworking project that we ever took on. My husband wanted to build this home bar when I was 6 months pregnant with our first son.
At the time I rolled my eyes and thought what about the nursery?! Then I thought when else will he be able to build this project because once the baby is here there won’t be much free time.
My husband built this bar without any instructions and minimal woodworking skills. He started off taping out the ground to see how large the bar should be.
Then he built a frame of the bar and figured out the rest as went. He may have made 792 trips to Home Depot, but he got it done before the baby arrived.
We joke that our first son could sleep to the sound of power tools because I helped my husband build this while I was pregnant.
I remember sitting in front of this bar in a folding chair while holding pieces of trim, while my husband drilled the wood in place.
After we completed this bar, we shared it with our readers and they loved it. We received so much positive feedback, that we decided to create bar plans for this exact bar.
DIY Bar Plans
We have sold over 500 DIY Bar Plans! We never thought we would be so grateful for a piece of furniture, but this bar is what started Rock Solid Rustic.
The feedback that we have received from these bar plans is amazing and makes all this worth it!
Our DIY Bar Plans provide clear and detailed instructions, so you can build our exact bar from start to finish.
Some of our readers have adjusted the sizing of the bar to better fit the space in their home.
DIY Bar Plan Reviews:
Here are some of the reviews that we received from customers that built a bar using our bar plans.
If you are interested in buying bar plans you can find them here!
“I purchased your DIY bar plans sometime last November/December.
I built this in our garage and had to size it down a little from the size you guys had in the plans. But I think it came out wonderfully considering I had zero experience with woodworking! The only real change I made was using red oak for the top to match the red oak rails used from home depot. Next step is adding a foot rail and then building some barstools with backs to match. You’ve given me confidence that I can build all kinds of things after completing this project! ^^
Thank you guys so much for putting this out there as it has become a nightly hangout for us and a great conversation piece! I’ve attached a few pictures! Let me know what you think! -Shaun”
“I used your plans to complete my bar a few months ago. I flipped the sides and added 4 feet making the one side 6 feet and made an area for the fridge with some leftover wood. I used shiplap over the front and side. Bar turned out great, thanks to your plans.
“I’ve never made anything with wood before in my life but when I purchased my first home I knew I wanted to build a bar into this corner of my basement. Your instructions were straight forward and easy to follow. I attached a picture of how it turned out.
Thanks for the virtual help!
“I saw your email and thought I send you my final product from your plans!!
Thank you! Also the plans were very easy to follow.
“My newly finished bar, built with your plans. I did make it a little larger. i think it turned out great. The plans were easy to follow. thank you so much.- Gary”
“I built the bar base on your plans and it came out beautiful. Thank you for your step by step, It was very helpful.”
“I purchased the plans for the bar back in September and wanted to thank you for the ease of building it. For someone who can’t draw a crooked line let alone a straight one it was easy to follow the directions.”