6 Cool Wood Projects You Can Do This Weekend

Nov 20, 2019

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If
you Google “woodworking projects,” you’ll get tens of thousands of
results and probably just as many ideas. The problem is, most of these major
projects might take you weeks to finish.

They
could very well take longer if you only spend time on your hobby during the
weekend. If this is the case, here are some cool projects a weekend warrior can
tackle in a day or two.

1. Wooden Sofa Sleeve

You
might not have room for an end table, or you’re tired of accidentally knocking
over your drink. Either way, a sofa sleeve can be a great space-saver.

These
nifty tables sit securely over the arm of your sofa or recliner. They give you
a space to place a cup, the remote or your phone while you watch your favorite
shows.

All you need for this project is a drill, a single board you’ll cut into three pieces and a hole saw to cut a cupholder for your favorite beverage.

Assembly
for this project requires drilling angled pocket holes into the sideboards that
give you somewhere to hide the screws. Correctly accomplishing this can take
some practice, so we suggest trying it on a piece of scrap first. Use this
technique to hide connection points in all sorts of projects.

2. Countertop Wine Rack

If
you spend money on some good wine, you don’t want to leave it sitting on the
counter, letting the cork dry out. An attractive wine rack that stores your
bottles on their sides is the best way to keep your expensive vino from turning
into vinegar.

This
project couldn’t be more straightforward. All you need is a wooden crate and
some scrap plywood left over from your other woodworking projects. Cut your
wood, stain the pieces and assemble a chic-looking wine rack in one afternoon.

A countertop wine rack by Caylin Harris.
Credit: Caylin Harris

3. Simple Wooden Stool

This
project is a little more complicated, but it’s still something you can put
together over a weekend. The best thing about this idea is that you can follow
video instructions for each step.

The
project will help you learn valuable skills like assembling joints and creating
tenons on a lathe. Once you’ve got the basics down, putting together this stool
will be a piece of cake, and give you a comfy place to sit while you’re working
on other projects.

4. Bathtub Tray

There’s
nothing better than relaxing in a hot bath — until you drop your phone in the
tub and ruin your entire evening. Start by measuring your bathtub at its widest
point to determine the width of your board.

Then,
you’ll need two pieces of scrap wood to be the feet, which will secure the tray
in the interior edges of your tub and keep it from sliding around. Finally,
stain and seal it to protect it from water and you’re ready to have the perfect
relaxing evening.

A bathtub tray by Love & Renovations.
Credit: Love & Renovations

5. Platform Bed Frame

Not
all of these cool wood projects have to be tiny. This chic-looking platform bed
frame requires a few 2″ x 4″ boards, a drill, a Kreg Jig and a miter
saw. You’ll make everything from the frame to the legs with 2″ x 4″
boards.

Those
pocket holes you learned when you made that wooden sofa sleeve will come in
handy with this project, keeping your screws hidden so they don’t catch on any
bedclothes. This template is for a twin-sized mattress, but you can easily
change the measurements to accommodate anything up to a California king if you
feel so inclined.

6. Two-Board Wooden Bench

When
you’re tired after a hard day in the woodshop, a bench is a perfect place to
rest your weary bones. You don’t need a ton of woodworking skills or a lot of
extra lumber to make a comfortable bench that can easily support your weight.

All
you need is a couple of 2″ x 8″ boards, a drill, a jigsaw and a saw.
That’s it — if you’ve got those tools in your garage, you’ve got everything you
need to build a gorgeous bench you’ll be proud to show off.

A two-board wooden bench by The Weathered Fox.
Credit: The Weathered Fox

Which One Will You Try First?

Which
of these cool wood projects do you want to try first? Let us know how it goes
in the comments below. We’d love to see your results!


Author

Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche.