Manageable Projects for the Aspiring Woodworker

Carpenter Measuring a Wooden Plank

Working with wood is a great way to pour your energies into a hobby that’s both rewarding and challenging. Specialty woods can be used to create beautiful cabinetry, moulding, and millwork. No matter what project you have in mind, your imagination, the right tools, and quality lumber can create beautiful pieces to be proud of.

  • Tables and Tools: A basic workbench is an excellent starting point. Learning the basics of support and working with larger pieces of lumber can help you grow familiar with your tools and the woodworking environment. A few nicks on your table will simply add character and later be a testament to your improvement.
  • Birdhouses: There's nothing like having a birdhouse that you built yourself in your backyard. A classic project for any woodworker, birdhouses can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Designing your birdhouse on paper will give you an idea of what techniques you will need to use when putting it together. This is also a great project to do with your kids.
  • Kitchen Couture: A spice rack can be a charming and practical addition to your kitchen, thanks to your newly honed woodworking skills. Scrap wood is ideal for creating practice items or even finished items like wooden spoons. Using leftover lumber is a great way to continue building your skills without wasting specialty woods.
  • Toys for Kids: The quaint wooden duck or horse on a string is a nostalgic image. Wooden toys might not compare to today’s high-tech offerings for your kids but do present a great way to practice working with curves and wheels. Making simple toys with a few moving parts or unique designs can help you get familiar with your tools and the behavior of certain types of wood.

Southern Lumber has all the supplies you need to launch your woodworking hobby. Visit us online to explore our tools, like clamps and high-quality saw blades, or call us at (408) 297-9663 for more information.

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