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3 woodworking projects for beginners

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Man finishing woodworking project sanding edges of birdhouse in workshop

Spring is approaching and it’s a great time to pick up a new hobby – like woodworking! There are lots of reasonably priced tools available on the market, making it even easier to start learning a new skill. Below are three woodworking projects we think any beginner could get their teeth into. We’ve also listed a selection of tools to help you get started.

Wooden Doormat

This simple woodworking project doesn’t require many high-end tools. A wooden doormat can add some freshness to your front porch or doorstep. Its rustic design is not only visually appealing, but also great for muddy shoes and football boots. Depending on the spacing between the wooden slats, you can easily scrape out mud and dirt from your shoes.

“The Merry Thought” have a simple tutorial on how to make a wooden doormat. All you need are a few cedar boards, a table/mitre saw, a nail gun, wood glue, and sandpaper. You could use a hand saw if you don’t want to invest in a mitre saw. However, the latter does make angled cuts much quicker (and almost certainly straighter!)

The nail gun is another tool that will make your life much easier. Ryobi’s offering is one of the most highly rated tools on the market. It’s a fraction of the price of its competitors, and if you use a Badaptor, you wouldn’t even need to buy a new battery to power it!


Bring all manner of wildlife to your garden with this straightforward design from “Skip to my Lou”. This particular design needs to be hung up but, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could have a go at making a stand for it to sit on.

This project uses similar tools to last time, but is even easier to make as it doesn’t require any angled cuts. To save time, you may want to invest in a palm sander. We’ve previously talked about the benefits of Ryobi’s palm sander and how it’s a bargain compared to competitors’ variants.

Spice Rack

We call it a spice rack, but this design by Anika Gandhi can be used to store anything cylindrical. Its modern look also means it wouldn’t be out of place anywhere in the house. This piece is slightly more complicated than the last two due to the more complex cuts. However, with a bit of practice, you’ll soon become a master.

A good accompanying tool for this project would be a multi tool. It will not only help to even out your cuts if they aren’t completely straight, but you can also use it to sand down hard-to-reach areas.


Let us know below which of these projects you’re going to try first.

And remember, if you’re interested in any of the tools listed above, you can save yourself some money by pairing them with a Badaptor. A Badaptor lets you convert your current 18V battery from DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Bosch Professional, Ridgid, or AEG to work with all of the 18V tools in the Ryobi One+ range.

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