12 Masterpiece Woodworking Projects You Can DIY
Ready to take your woodworking skills to the next level? Give one of these masterpiece projects a try. You’ll learn new techniques along the way and impress your friends with the finished piece!
Classic Floor-To-Ceiling Bookcase
Recreate the mid-19th century, Greek Revival period of American architectural history with this floor to ceiling hardwood bookcase. This project has plenty of opportunities to learn router techniques that will add high-class features to you home. See the whole project here.
If you don’t know your router as well as you should, here are some basics to know.
Hairpin Leg Coffee Table
Though super-sleek with its mid-century modern design, this coffee table still has plenty of room for storage. This project is actually fairly simple but will make your guests think you are the next Norm Abram. See how to create it here!
Find some more hairpin leg project ideas from our editors.
Nelson Platform Bench
This is a classic mid-century modern bench design that you can buy for about $1,200 or build in one day for $100. Your call. If you want the $100 masterpiece, find out how to build it here.
Want an outdoor bench instead? Check out this incredible trestle bench.
Timber Frame Garden Arbor
This timber garden arbor can be your place to get away for a quiet retreat or a delightful lawn sculpture that you gaze at through your kitchen window. This project will test your building skills but the end result is undeniable. Get the how-to plans here.
Does this arbor make you cringe? Try this one out instead.
Pallet Side Table
This stylish, modern table made of pallet wood is a great introduction to milling lumber and cutting joinery on a table saw. It will give you a new lumber procurement method while giving you some side tables that are endlessly interesting. Check out the full process here.
Maybe this side table doesn’t fit your style. Try this Rennie Mackintosh table instead.
Viking Long Table
When the Vikings of yore built something—a longboat, a lodge, even a drinking horn—it was sturdy and simple, functional yet attractive. This table fits that mold. It’s big, rock-solid and buildable with basic tools, yet it has a certain elegance to it. Family Handyman contributing editor, Spike Carlsen, will walk you through it step by step.
Click here for the accompanying bench plans.
Elegant TV Stand
Organize all your video gear with this simple DIY TV stand. It’s a perfect project: easy building techniques, reasonable cost, complete in one-weekend and furniture-quality results. You need only one special tool for first class joints, a pocket-screw jig, which eliminates the need for lots of expensive clamps. See the full plans here.
Don’t want a TV stand? Instead, check out how to mount your tv directly to the wall.
Perfect Patio Chairs
This chair is hard to beat for comfort, economy and ease of building. The design is based on a couple chairs I’ve had at the family cabin for more than a decade. Being a fiddle-with-it kind of guy, I modified the originals over the years, built others and eventually chose this design. Click here to see the end result of numerous iterations.
If an Adirondack chair is more your style, try this folding version of the classic design.
Built-ins are incredibly trendy right now. This project from a year gone by is still incredibly useful and will add a masterpiece to any room in your house. Learn how to use inexpensive materials like birch plywood and standard trim to build a classic wooden bookcase. Find out how here.
See 25 more incredible bookcase designs here.
You’ll love playing chess on this custom-built board. And it’s easy to do! Select the contrasting wood species you desire, gather up some glue and a few other tools and materials and you’re ready to start building. See the full process here.
Glue-ups can be incredibly fun. If a chessboard seems a little too crazy, try this masterpiece cutting board instead.
Post & Beam Pavilion
This project is made from cedar posts and dimensional lumber placed over a timber, concrete and patio stone base. It’s a challenge to build, but if you’ve built a deck, you can handle this. The pavilion will take you about two full weekends to build. Beauty doesn’t come cheap, though; expect to pay about $1500 for everything with a bit more for your personal landscaping touches. Find the plans here.
If this pavilion seems a little…small. Try this outdoor living room.