Top Winter Woodworking Projects
Now the winter-months are upon us, what better way to escape the cold by getting stuck-in on some creative woodwork tasks?
While it might be a little chilly to relish the prospect of braving your shop, we've take a look at some of the fantastic woodworking projects we’ve come across on the web to give you some inspiration during these cold, dark times
Shoe Rack: Simple but effective, this unique shoe rack is the perfect hallway-tidy. We love the rustic feel to this simple project - say goodbye to mud build-up and scuff-marks on the walls.
Wine-Rack: 'Tis (nearly) the season to be jolly, so what better way to get in the mood for mistletoe and wine than constructing your very own wine rack?
But if you're looking to create something a bit more conventional, you can check out this brilliant walkthrough from Neighbourhood Woodworker Chad:
Tool-Tidy: While your home may be resembling something like Santa’s Grotto this month, this needn’t be the same for you workshop. As the saying goes – tidy room equals a tidy mind. So this winter, get organised by neatly arranged your work-tools with this tool-tidy.
Although it's not a glamorous project and you might have been putting it off for some time, once you see your tools arrayed in pristine order, you'll thank yourself for putting the work in.
We love this example from Fine Woodworking – and you can download the plan for free right now.
Or if you really want to show off, you can follow the example of Mike of Mike's DIY Projects and put together this 13-wheel, all terrain monster:
Advent Calendar: Since it’s nearly Christmas, we couldn’t resist this festive number. While you've probably always gone with the traditional cardboard version, these re-usable calendars can really add a touch of magic, whether it's for a child, or just the young at heart.
To gain some inspiration, check out these 50 fantastic ideas. Or, if you're looking for more detailed instructions one of our favourite woodworking vloggers Steve Ramsay has put together this amazingly in-depth walkthrough:
Decorations: Take a step beyond out-of-the-box decorations and make your own. Master woodworker Paul Sellers offers a detailed guide to creating hand-made stars that'll be sure to add a sparkle to your home this Christmas:
Gifts: What better way to show your affection for friends and family than with a gift that comes with a personal touch?
The potential ideas for both budding woodworkers and veterans alike are limitless, but some of our favourites include:
This ornate keepsake box from our friend Marc Spagnuolo, AKA The Wood Whisperer:
This beautiful toy tug boat from Boatworks Today:
This method of transferring a photograph to a hand-crafted wooden box:
And these intricate monogrammed wood coasters from Reese Dixon:
Last but not least: If you've got a special woodworker in your life, but aren't sure what to get them, Paul Sellers has some great – and affordable – ideas that are sure to please both skilled and advanced woodworkers alike:
Do you want to share any gifts you've made in previous years, or have any projects you'd like to suggest? Either way – be sure to leave us a comment or get in touch via Twitter.
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