If you are new to woodworking, a common mistake is to tackle a large construction as your first project. It’s best to start small so that you can hone your skills and see successes sooner. Weekend projects are perfect for new carpenters. Or even seasoned pros running out of time. These YouTube projects are the kind you can do in one weekend or whatever hours you can spend.
For the YouTube videos we offer, we have tried to focus on a few specific goals. The video should present a person with an engaging personality who focuses on most, if not all, of the steps required to complete the project. The project should be functional, easy to build and something that gives you a sense of pride when completed. And bonus points if the YouTuber offers plans with measurements and cutting diagrams.
All of these videos assume that you already have standard carpentry tools like table saws, miter saws, circular saws or routers. You can see planers and planers, but if you buy the right wood, you can skip the milling steps. And there is always another way to make a cut if you don’t have a specific tool used in a video.
You don’t need to finish any of these projects over the weekend. But the idea here is to choose something that you can finish and enjoy, which will give you a sense of accomplishment. Let’s do something!
A wooden cart by Steve Ramsey
Steve became our latest series of YouTube videos on woodworking and given his particular focus on woodworking on weekends, it should not be surprising that he also made this list. But we dive into his archives for this project from seven years ago.
Indeed, despite the age of a video, a wood storage cart can be one of the most functional projects you can create in a weekend. As you take on new construction and develop your skills, your wood supply will only increase. One day, if you are not careful, you could go out to your workshop to find a battery like this:
But a good wood cart can turn this nightmare into this:
You can find other large wooden carts on YouTube, but we love Steve because it contains longboards, shortboards and half sheets of plywood. Plus, it’s made from inexpensive plywood and doesn’t take up much space. It is also not difficult to change. In my case, I removed the locations to store the wood horizontally because it did not work well for the available space.
Best of all, in addition to a fairly comprehensive video, Steve offers a free set of plans with measurements and cutting guides.
A kitchen cart with serving tray by David Picciuto (do something)
Of course, everything should not be spent solely on making products for your store. This simple kitchen cart is a great place to store things and, in this case, the top shelf doubles as a serving tray.
Although you will see a drill press and a sanding disc in use, you can use a hand drill and a random orbital sander if you are careful. You can make a mistake, but as you will see in this video, mistakes are common in woodworking. Go slowly, review your work, and find a way to correct (or, in the worst case, cover up) the problem.
The best part of this kitchen cart is that it is not difficult to adapt it to your needs and tastes. You can make it taller, shorter, wider or narrower. And if you don’t like the handles David used, just use different handles.
David’s plans for the project appear to be missing in the Do something on the site, but this one is pretty simple, you probably won’t need it. We have contacted and asked questions about them, if he adds the plans to his site, we will update this message.
A set of floating shelves by Glen Scott (DIY Creators)
If you type “how to make floating shelves“In the YouTube search bar you’ll get about 60 billion results. This is probably because floating shelves are relatively easy to make and look great in a thumbnail.
With that in mind, I chose Glen Scott’s for several reasons. First of all, most of the floating shelf tutorials require the purchase of expensive metal peg hardware to attach to your walls. This video completely bypasses this and you will use cheap wooden pegs instead.
I also like that Glen’s video calls for simple tools – a circular saw, a half inch drill and bit, and an orbital sander. If you have a miter saw or a table saw, you can use them, but if not, you’re out of luck.
Along the way, Glen will show you what cuts to make, how to create the hanging hardware and even some great tips for drilling and sanding. Despite the pretty results, it could be the simplest project on the list.
A cutting board by Brad Rodriguez (Fix This Build That)
Generally, you will find three styles of cutting boards: face grain, edge grain and fine grain cutting boards (ranked in order of difficulty and durability from least to most). But the lessons you learn from creating a cutting board will affect other projects, from assembling the edges of the wood to understanding the species of wood, including the cutting edges. I chose a border grain cutting board video as a balance between difficulty and sustainability.
If you do not have a jointer, you can buy pre-milled wood to go directly to the cutting and gluing phases. You should choose hardwood with closed pores, such as maple, cherry or teak. While oak is a common hardwood, its open pores will cause it to absorb bacteria, making it a poor choice for cutting boards. To make a flat cutting board, however, you will need a planer (either a hand planer or an electric planer) to complete the project.
Brad’s advice on spraying water on your cutting board before the last sanding cycle is perfect, so don’t skip this step. Without it, your cutting board will feel rough after the first wash.
Just a word of warning: once your friends and family learn that you can make a custom cutting board, everyone will want one.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of easy-to-carry out carpentry projects. Take it as a starting point. But the real goal here is to choose something that won’t take a month or more to complete, and you can enjoy it when it’s done. This way you can enjoy the hobby, whether you are new or experienced and running out of time.