Need some inspiration for a new woodworking project idea? Woodworker's Guild of America has plenty of them. Use this board to help spark a new project.
People are often looking for projects to do with their kiddos that’ll help get their kids excited about woodworking. This project may be just that thing that’ll help launch the kids in your life into the shop! This catapult is a very easy build, and is made from readily available dimensional lumber (and a few rubber bands). Be sure to download the plan, which provides you with all the dimensions and details for the catapult.
We’re commonly asked about techniques and approaches for getting kids excited about and involved in woodworking. To answer this we brought Char Miller-King to George’s shop. Char works with kids A LOT, and developed this workbench project specifically for kids.
Delicious Craft beers deserve to be served in a beautifully crafted carrier, so why not use your woodworking skills to create a beautiful beer tote. This DIY beer flight tote is a great beginner woodworking project that is designed to carry four glasses of your favorite beverage, and the plan can be easily modified to accommodate a larger or smaller number of glasses.
This Christmas, why not make something new from something old for that certain someone? A little prized scrap wood is all it takes to transform a humdrum plastic handled bottle opener into handcrafted wood handled bottle opener. I found two such bottle openers knocking around my kitchen. The first had a short, narrow tang with holes. For this style I made a koa handle that surrounded the tang and extended beyond the end. The second opener was made from a piece of stamped stainless steel.
Whatever your bottled beverage of choice, we’ve got ideas on how to open them. You can make a simple handheld bottle opener design, or a wall-mounted number that catches the cap with a magnet feature. In any case, bottle openers are simple and useful projects that also make great gifts.
These handcrafted items will be sure to complement any home style and make excellent gift ideas. Implementing a variety of common woodworking techniques, these plans are suitable for many different skill levels and come complete with full instructions, cut lists, diagrams, and step-by-step photos. Choose your favorite or create all ten – It’s easy to fill your home with simple, beautiful handcrafted items.
It’s hard to beat cooking outside. It’s already fun, so make it easy and convenient by building this great BBQ Cart. It’s made from naturally weather resistant cedar, looks great, and will last a lifetime. The handle is a nice touch, made from copper pipe that really accents the cedar. You’ll learn how to cut tapers on the legs, make wooden wheels on the band saw, and get the slats spaced so every space is exactly the same.
Nothing says summer like grilling. As the smell of sizzling steaks and burgers fills the air, you might start thinking about how you can up your grilling game this season. We’ve got a variety of woodworking ideas to prepare you for your next barbeque and impress your guests.
Learn how to make glass cabinet doors using pivot or European-style hinges. You don’t have to shy away from cabinet projects with glass doors, even if you’re a beginner. Or perhaps you’ve always built wooden doors for your cabinet projects and you’d like to try something different.
Make your patio the place to be with some of our best outdoor woodworking projects! These woodworking plans are built to last, and will have your guests (or family) impressed with your craftsmanship. Build these for yourself, or give as a handmade gift that is meant to last and can be treasured for years to come.
If you’re in a bind for holiday gift ideas, look no further. In this project guide, we’ve compiled ten of our favorite fast and easy project ideas that you can whip up in no time. Armed with some basic woodworking techniques, a handful of supplies, and a couple hours of time, you can create thoughtful and creative gifts that your friends and family will love.
George Vondriska teaches you a cool way to get your winter fires going with these egg carton fire starters! George fills empty cardboard egg cartons with wood shavings (he recommends soft woods like pine or cedar), then pours a layer of melted wax over each shell, making sure to get all of the wood wet. When the wax solidifies, you can use your woodworking band saw to cut the shells apart. Voila, you’ve just found an easy way to start a fire!
Here’s a great way to green up your patio, backyard, deck or any other outdoor space. Build a couple of these planter boxes, and a potted plant, and you can place the box anywhere you want. Here’s a warning; plan on making a bunch of these. When people see them, EVERYONE will want one. This is a simple project, but it will teach you a lot of great woodworking tips.
If you enjoy playing dominoes, then you will love making and using your own epoxy dominoes set. Now, when you are on Woodworkers Guild of America, and you see a video about dominoes, you might jump to the conclusion that you are going to learn about making your own loose tenons to work with your Domino joinery tool, but that is not the case.
Custom wood molding is a great way to dress up any project in your shop or home improvement project. Making custom wood molding is one of those cool skills that can separate you from the pack, as it takes some engineering to do this with a typical set of shop tools.
If you like to drink beer, chances are that you’ve been to a brew pub and seen some of the clever beer flight boards that are used to tote the craft beers around. They are often as beautiful and unique as the beers themselves. George has captured the spirit of the microbrew trend as he designed this artisan beer flight board.
Serve your desserts with style! These artisan serving utensils are the perfect complement to the special pies or cakes that you have planned for that special night or upcoming holiday. These have been proven to be real ‘working utensils’, rather than just for show which make these an ideal gift for the baker or thoughtful party host in your life.
We always love to know what our members enjoy most from Woodworkers Guild of America, so we took a look at our most popular woodworking projects, how-to videos, and tips over the past year. Here are your top five favorites from Woodworkers Guild of America in 2021!
One day, my wife showed me some balsamic vinegar bottles and asked if I could make an attractive display stand for them. We already had two bottles to use, but my mind wanders when it comes to design, and I decided three bottles would create a pleasant balance. I went to my Stickley furniture books looking for inspiration and found the Stickley Footrest #395. That was it!
This year my wife, Ann, suggested I make holiday gifts for several of our family and friends. She often produces fabric art quilts and they are consistently well received. I contribute too – but not as many gifts as she does. Where does she find the time?
Much of the work I do utilizes beautiful, live-edge hardwood slabs like this 34” wide piece of Red Oak. Because my sources are often different, I rarely know how long the wood has been drying, what the conditions were, and if the wood will move much when I get it back to my shop. I finished this table-top, including five coats of hand wiped varnish and it was ready for delivery the following day.
Add kitchen tongs to your list of simple woodworking projects. George Vondriska walks you step-by-step through the planning and building process for making a pair of kitchen tongs that you can give as a gift for a friend or loved one or use in your own home. George teaches you the simple woodworking tips and techniques you’ll need to cut the angle and width of the spacer and epoxy, sand, shape and finish the tongs.