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Top 3 DIY Home Carpentry Projects for Beginners

We have searched the web for the best carpentry projects for beginners.  Carpentry requires skills such as accurate measuring, marking up and cutting.  When starting out with carpentry, it is best to start with the basic projects.  Such projects will teach you a variety of skills, so you can become a skilled carpenter.

Wartwon Woodworks has selected the top three carpentry projects for beginners.  All the following projects require minimal skills and resources.  It is therefore an ideal project for anyone attempting their first woodworking project.  Before experimenting with the projects below, you may want to read our guide to different woodworking joints.  Understanding different ways to join wood together should help you throughout these projects.

Carpentry Project 1:  Building a Simple Wooden Box

One of the most simple carpentry projects for beginners is to build a wooden box.  Here are the main reasons why this project is great for beginners:

  • Wooden boxes are very simple to  make.
  • Boxes come in many variety’s making it suitable for beginners, and more advanced carpenters.  The most simplest box is one with a hinge.  More advanced versions may have a sliding top and excellent detailing.
  • Wooden boxes can be easily personalized and decorated.

Follow this step by step guide on WikiHow to build your own hinged box.  Once you have mastered that, you can then try building the sliding top version which requires more skill.DIY home carpentry projects

Carpentry Project 2:  Building a Simple Wooden Workbench

If you are a keen carpenter, then its likely you will be making many projects.  If so, then why not build your own work bench? It could save you lots of money.

A sturdy workbench is the most important feature of any well equipped workshop.  The workbench is very useful when it comes to constructing home DIY projects:

  • Can be used for clamping objects to it.
  • You can hammer and chisel things against it.
  • Provides a steady surface to cut pieces of wood.
  • Is a large surface to draw up plans.
  • Can assemble things on it.
  • Can be used for storage if you make a shelf below.

This article by Snapguide provides an excellent step by step guide to constructing a workbench.

Carpentry Project 3:  Building a Simple Wooden Chair

Another useful project to build is a wooden chair.  Did you know a simple chair can be constructed using just a few common tools and materials. The complexity of this project depends how sophisticated you want your chair to look.  You can use your imagination to create wooden chairs with nice curves and detailing.

We recommend you start of with this simple wooden chair construction guide first by The How to Specialist.  It is a simple chair with a back support, which is ideal choice for beginners.  Only the most basic carpentry and woodworking skills are required.


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