Used cabinets from remodeling jobs are my first choice for furniture projects (they’re free!). I also like damaged cabinets from the local salvage store (cheap!). The trouble with these tightwad options is that the cabinets are already finished, and finishing raw wood to match the factory finish is tough. To get around this, I’ve painted the furniture or stained the new wood surrounding the cabinets a contrasting color for a two-tone look.
I love this lantern. It’s made from 2X4s and has such a wonderful rustic look to it. You piece it together with blocks from your 2X4s and it holds candles. It’s perfect for sitting on the porch any time of the year and you can really dress it up for the holiday season. It resembles those old rustic metal lanterns and you can easily make it from leftover blocks of 2X4 – you know, those pieces you have on hand after you’ve done other 2X4 projects.
The source above is not exactly a tutorial, but it gives you a basic idea of how the author built a Quirky Pallet Art to enhance the look of their old house. You can also find another tutorial at the link below. It shares a step by step procedure for making a wooden pallet sign. The final product is not exactly the same as the one above, but the basic idea is the same.
Cut the batting so it overhangs the seat by about 3 in. and the fabric so it overhangs by 4 in. Then stretch and staple the fabric (Photo 1). There are a few ways to deal with seat corners. Photo 2 shows the method I find easiest. Don’t worry about mistakes—the nice thing about upholstery work is that you can always pry out staples and fix mistakes. To fasten the seat to the cabinet, drive screws through the cabinet and fillers and into the seat.

This great pencil holder is perfect for your workbench. If you don’t have a workshop and just need something for the craft table or desk, you can totally cut this one down to size. This is the simplest pencil holder ever. You just measure out your 2X4, drill holes and then you’re all done. You could easily make shorter versions of this and paint or stain them to use on your desk.
Another wooden item that I love very much is a beautiful mobile holder. You can see one in the image below. These things are not only beautiful, but they can comfortably hold any sized mobile and ensure proper safety. Another amazing thing is that they can be built in many shapes and sizes, as and how you need it. You can see some more examples at the source below
Imagine having your friends and family over to play this life size Jenga game! This is probably the most fun project on this list and it really does look simple to make. Jenga after all, is merely a game of wooden boards that you strategically place and replace until someone wins, right? You can do that with your 2X4s and really cause some excitement at your next gathering. This is a great idea for those summer evenings when you want something fun and exciting to do in the backyard.
If you want something really unique from those 2X4s, build these hexagon wall planters. You cut strips of the 2X4 (you only need a couple of feet for each planter) and then assemble them to hold a mason jar. Inside the mason jar, you can put all sorts of fresh flowers or plants. These are so creative and will look beautiful hanging inside your home.
Until the craziness of the holidays is over, and I have more time to spend in the shop I’ll have to post a project from a couple months ago. Based on shanty2chic plans and assembled pretty quickly with my kregjig . . . #woodworking #wood #woodworker #diy #shanty2chic #kregjig #desk #bedroom #school #maker #makersgonnamake #makersofinstagram #furniture #furniturebuilder
A bottle carrier is a bucket like carrier used to carry beer bottles and so. Yes, the same one you must have used to carry your six-pack. Drinker or not, a bottle carrier is a useful item for everyone. It can be used to carry around or store small items around a household. And it is also very easy to build one. I have several of these lying around my house. Also known as wooden beer totes, this is one wood item you will absolutely love to make. It is also super easy to build.
Take those old 2X4s and put them to great use building this easy DIY bike rack. If you have kids, and those kids have bikes, you know how those bikes can be left out or topple over, getting in the way of everything. You can build this great basic bike rack in the garage, on the porch, or wherever you normally store your bikes. It keeps everyone’s bike separate and keeps them from falling over when they’re not in use. Plus, it’s a really easy build.
You can make these adorable stocking hangers from leftover 2X4 pieces from other projects. You just have to nail the two pieces together, add a hook for hanging the stocking, and then decorate they however you want. The wood pieces are relatively heavy so they’ll keep from topping over – fill those stockings as full as you want. And, this is a much cheaper way to get great stocking holders than paying $10 each for them.
This mirrored coffee table is sure to be a great addition to your living room. It’s also a really easy project to build and the end result is absolutely stunning. You’ll need an old mirror, maybe from a dresser that you don’t need any longer. This one lets you use up some of those 2X4s and repurpose some old furniture at the same time. It should cost you less than $50 to make – as opposed to buying it in a furniture store for a couple hundred.
A small oak table is a very useful wooden item for every household. You can yourself make a nice, strong and beautiful oak table suitable for any purpose. See the image below. As you can see, it is a small, yet good enough table to be used as a coffee table, lamp stand, breakfast table, etc. You can also find many other design variants on the internet. Choose the one you want for yourself and start making it now.
This rack can be built from old unused wood pallets you can find around the house. So it is also a great way to recycle those old pallets. You can also find a step by step tutorial at instructables.com for which I have included the source link below. This tutorial helps you to make a wood wine rack from the scratch. So what are waiting for? Just grab the items you need and start building a cool wooden rack for those nice wine bottles of yours.
This coffee table is so unique and it’s really easy to build. You’ll need a few 2X4s which you basically stack, toggled to create a beautiful design, on top of a metal leg base. I love the look of this one. It combines that great rustic look with a wonderful 1960’s look that is perfect for any living room. You could use the bench style legs or wooden legs – or even build the legs yourself from the leftover pieces of your boards.
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