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Woodworking Projects for Every Rookie


Everyone who has ever thought about taking on woodworking should start with something easy. I believe there are plenty of rewards to reap from practicing the beautiful craftsmanship of woodworking, but if you do not want to lose motivation, the best advice is to start with a project that even a rookie can accomplish. Here are some ideas to try as a beginner.

Build your own lounger

What could be more relaxing than sitting in a backyard lounger with a refreshing drink in your hand? For this simple project, you will need a circular saw, a cordless drill, 48 1½ wood screws, bar clamps, a rafter square and two planks of weather resistant wood, like cheddar, each 10×10 inches. The desired thickness of the boards should be one inch.

The first step is to mill all the components. It is much simpler to break the entire process into steps so that you can be more efficient. This lounger requires multiple parts, so you will need to make sure not to miss one. You will need to mill two parts for the seatback, two for the seat, a front stretcher, a back support, two front legs, two rear legs, two armrests, and two arm supports.

Bringing everything together is done with screws. I suggest that the screw holes are done with a drill press becasuse it’s very easy. Such a power tool is cheaper than you think and if you search for the drill press reviews you can find affordable and good models. I will not go into deep details since I want to tell you about other projects rookies can create with much ease. 

Create your own custom-made checkerboard

This project is so simple and elegant that I have to recommend it. At first glance, you may think that creating 64 squares of wood for the checkerboard is a time-consuming process, but this is far from the truth. The magic happens because of a small trick that I will explain right away. Take two boards of light and dark wood, enough for creating two 20 inch stripes. The desired thickness is ¾ inches.

Cut the boards into 2 inch wide stripes. Make sure you have enough material for obtaining eight lines, four in each wood shade. Glue them together, by alternating light and dark shades. After the glue is dried, cut the stripes again, perpendicular to their original orientation. By now, you should easily see what we are planning to do.

It is time for some more gluing. Take one strip and glue it to the next, but flip the second one, so that squares of different colors end up in an alternate pattern. The last steps involve sanding the board and adding a border, for a finish, elegant look. Don’t forget to apply a finish, to protect the wood against wear and tear. Even a beginner can obtain a beautiful looking checkerboard in this manner, and you will love your results.


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