I think one of the most common misconceptions about DIY wood projects is that they’re super complicated and require lots of time and fancy equipment that you easily injure yourself with. Because I don’t know about you, but whenever I think of using one of those big electric saws, my first thought is how many fingers I might lose in the process.
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However, the truth of the matter is you can create gorgeous wood projects without spending a ton of money on expensive power tools. Sure, there are plenty of fancy woodworking tools that you can buy, but they’re really not necessary for basic wood projects. In fact, you don’t even need a saw for a lot of projects, because most hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot will cut the wood for free!
When my husband and I turned our box spring into a bed frame and built a matching headboard (tutorial coming soon!), the most “complicated” tool we used was a drill. And not a fancy $100+ heavy duty drill with tons of settings and bits of 1,000 different sizes. No, the same $25 drill I’ve had for 10+ years that I use to hang curtains and picture frames around the house. (And don’t let him know I told you this, but I did most of the drilling. Who says woodworking is only for men?!) And so the projects you’ll find here you can make with tools as simple as a hammer, nails, and a basic cheap drill.
You’ll definitely want to check out these DIY wood projects for yourself to see how easy they are to create with minimal tools or woodworking expertise. And seriously, these are mindblowingly beautiful projects that look absolutely amazing. You’d never guess they’re so simple to create! See for yourself!
10 DIY Wood Projects You Can Make Without Complicated Power Tools
Easy DIY Wood Serving Tray by Sawdust Sisters
DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard by AKA Design
Entryway Shelf with Hooks by The DIY Dreamer
DIY Rustic Wood Plank Clock by Making it in the Mountains
Wooden Doormat from Little Red Brick House
DIY Wooden Box Centerpiece from Sawdust Sisters
DIY Cornice Box from My Fabuless Life
DIY Wood Bookshelves by Little House of Four
30 Minute DIY Blanket Ladder from Making it in the Mountains
Wooden Crate Storage Table from Little Red Brick House
Before you write off these projects and say “I’ll never be able to make that” or “I don’t have the tools for that,” keep an open mind, and if there’s a project you would love to have in your home, check out the tutorial. I’m willing to bet that you already have most of the things you need to make it. Now you just need a “can-do” attitude and you’re ready to start crafting with wood!
I think you’ll find once you get started woodworking, it’s pretty addicting, and before you know it you’ll be ready for bigger and more involved projects! What’s your favorite project from the list? Will you be attempting your own? Let me know in the comments! And if you enjoyed this post, you’ll love my newsletter. Sign up below for weekly craft, DIY, and home projects and tips!
Such a great line up Celeste! I must admit that wood projects sometimes intimidate me – my husband is a huge help in that department. Thanks for sharing these uncomplicated projects. Pinning!
Thanks so much, Jelica! I used to be intimidated by woodworking, but once I finished my first project, I’m totally addicted! It’s so fun, and you can make so many amazing projects with really minimal tools. You should definitely give one of these projects a try!
Great roundup Celeste! There are some really creative bloggers out there. And having a nice home doesn’t mean you have to be an engineer!
So true, Mary! That’s the best part of DIYing… where there’s a will, there’s a way! All it takes is a little creativity!
Awesome round up Celeste! I have to say this post really spoke to me because I don’t own any fancy tools other than a a drill, so it’s good to know there is still hope for me 😀
There is definitely hope for you, Linda! You’d be amazed at the projects you can make with just a drill!
Thanks for featuring our projects in your round up! I love all of them!
So happy to feature you guys! You do such great work! I love your projects! 🙂
Appreciate this roundup of DIY projects, Celeste. Also, I agree that you don’t need to buy expensive tools to make your own woodworking project, and you don’t have to spend so much making one. Thanks for sharing this post and for featuring these creative bloggers!
Amazing roundup Celeste! It is great tools tips for my woodshop. If I don’t use expensive tools to make my woodworking project. save my cost and I will try it. Thanks for the informative content.
Thank you very much for your roundup of DIY projects. I’m impressed by your collection of tools! This tools information has helped me next project.
I have found your article very informative and interesting. I appreciate your points of view and I agree with so many. You’ve done a great job with making this clear enough for anyone to understand.