Woodworking Projects for the Beginner

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Woodworking Projects for the Beginner
Building a coat rack is fast and easy. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Woodworking can be difficult, especially for those who are just beginning. With simple beginner's woodworking projects, it's easy to get the basic concepts down so future projects will seem easier. It's also important to have the right tools when woodworking. Without the proper tools, certain cuts and measurements will be completely impossible to make.

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Magazine Rack

Building a basic magazine rack is an easy beginner's project because it uses simple cuts and measurements. A basic magazine rack only requires two equal size end pieces of wood, two equal size pieces of wood for the sides and one bottom board that will measure the same length as the sides on each side, and measure the same on each end to fit the end pieces of the rack. You can make the magazine rack any size you want, but a good size magazine rack should be 18 inches tall and about 17 inches wide, according to the Minwax website. Once you've cut and measured the boards, simply nail them together. Applying glue along the edges where the boards will meet can add to the stability of the magazine rack.

Serving Tray

Serving trays are easy to make because they require one piece of wood, which will be the main part of the tray, the base, and then just four small pieces of wood for each edge of the tray. The side ends of the tray should have small handle spaces cut out for easy carrying. The size of the serving tray can vary depending upon preference, but the base of the tray should be at least 17 inches and no more than 20 inches. The same is also true for the sides, or lips, of the tray that keep food from sliding off onto the floor. Depending upon the size of the tray, the sides should be about 3 to 4 inches in height. The ends of the tray should be a bit taller since you will need to carve or cut out handles on them to carry it.

CD or Book Holder

Building a book or CD holder is an easy woodworking project for beginners because it only calls for two end pieces and three rods to hold the books or CDs. The ends of the CD holder are nothing more than square pieces of wood that will measure 5 inches on each side. Once you measure and cut the end pieces, drill three small holes into them, but only halfway through the wood. The three drilled holes will form a triangle along the edges of the block. Insert and glue wooden rods into each of the holes. Attach the opposite end of the CD holder in the same manner.

Coat Rack

Building a coat rack only requires measuring one board and three or four pegs that will attach to it. The base board can be any size and the pegs can be up to 3 or 4 inches long.

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