5 Woodworking Ideas for the Home Workshop

If you were to go into your workshop right now to start a woodworking project, would you know already what you would build? Most of us like to be stimulated by some ideas before we get started as this gives us something to think about and gets us in the right creative frame of mind. I’ve got 5 woodworking ideas to share with you here that will help get you creative.

Idea 1 – Bird Feeder.

We all like to see birds in our yards or gardens and one of the best ways to encourage them is to provide food in a safe place for them. I’m sure that you like me, could quickly and easily knock up a basic bird feeder without much thought. The birds probably don’t care what it looks like, but this could become an ornamental feature in your garden if you give it some thought. One of the problems with a traditional, open bird feeder is that the fat, noisy pigeons steal all the food and the smaller birds go hungry. Think about how you could design features that only allow smaller birds access to the food!

Idea 2 – Bird House.

Following on from the bird feeder idea, why not give them food AND shelter? Bird houses can come in all shapes and sizes from simple boxes for the smallest birds to grand, ornate dovecotes which provide shelter and nesting for a whole loft of pigeons or flight of doves. Remember, this is about getting woodworking ideas so think beyond the obvious and try to find something creative and interesting.

Idea 3 – Dog House.

Every dog kennel tends to look like every other dog kennel – why must it be this way? I declare here and now that it’s OK for dogs to live in more interesting housing! Seriously though, think about how you can create something different for your dog. Maybe they live indoors so a traditional kennel is superfluous, but how about trying to build them something that can double as something practical for your house? You could incorporate into some shelving so that the dog lives in the bottom in its own little dog house and the area above has shelves to store tins of dog food? Keep thinking outside the box and you’ll find a way to use this!

Idea 4 – Mailbox.

Do you have the same or a similar mailbox to all your neighbors? Why is this? Wouldn’t you like your mailbox to be more individual? Well, if the birds in your yard can have their own penthouse apartment, why should your mail feel left out? This is another fairly simple project that can be made more interesting and more individual simply through the use of your imagination.

Idea 5 – Tool Box.

If you’re serious about woodworking, you’ll probably have a large selection of tools scattered around your workshop. We’ve all been in that frustrating situation of looking for our favorite screwdriver but not being able to find it. When I got to this point, I designed a simple tool box that I could carry around with me that had all the most common tools that I’d need easily to hand. Remember, it’s your design so keep it simple or make it more intricate – it’s up to you. Maybe it’s just a big box, or maybe it includes drawers for easy access to some smaller tools. The best tip that I can give you here is to look for ways to give every tool its own place, such as mounting a tenon saw inside the lid.

I hope that these suggestions have got you thinking. Remember, your best ideas will rarely be your first ideas so take these 5 woodworking ideas and spend some time finding ways to put them to good use in your workshop.

Jim Holz
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