Cut off a 21-in.-long board for the shelves, rip it in the middle to make two shelves, and cut 45-degree bevels on the two long front edges with a router or table saw. Bevel the ends of the other board, cut dadoes, which are grooves cut into the wood with a router or a table saw with a dado blade, cross- wise (cut a dado on scrap and test-fit the shelves first!) and cut it into four narrower boards, two at 1-3/8 in. wide and two at 4 in.
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.

If you bought this superb polished table in a store, it would cost you a fortune, but our detailed instructions will help you make one for less than $100. And it looks like highly polished stone, but no-one would know it’s actually made from concrete with a wooden base. Also, you can embellish the top with leaf prints, like the table shown here, or personalize it with glass or mosaic tiles or imprints of seashells.
Any little one is going to love playing with these great DIY building blocks that you can easily make from 2X4s. You’ll need several pieces for the cars and tracks. Once you get them cut into the sizes that you want, you can use stencils to paint in the cars and track designs. These are so great and have such a wonderful rustic look and feel to them.
This wooden blanket ladder can be made for around $10 and it’s perfect for holding your smaller blankets. You could even put it in the bathroom and use it to hold extra towels. It has a wonderful farmhouse look and is so easy to build – you can have it completed in about an hour and it will only cost around $10 including the 2X4s that you need. If you have those boards on hand already, you can make this one for free.
I got this idea from a Pinterest post. The final product looks so beautiful that I just couldn’t wait to make one for myself. This was somewhat a different experience from my other regular DIY projects as it doesn’t involve making something from scratch, but turning an existing wood piece into another one. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much and the final product was very satisfying. The tutorial I used is linked below.
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.
Cut off a 21-in.-long board for the shelves, rip it in the middle to make two shelves, and cut 45-degree bevels on the two long front edges with a router or table saw. Bevel the ends of the other board, cut dadoes, which are grooves cut into the wood with a router or a table saw with a dado blade, cross- wise (cut a dado on scrap and test-fit the shelves first!) and cut it into four narrower boards, two at 1-3/8 in. wide and two at 4 in.
If you have ever wanted to build your own furniture or home decor, I have a wonderful treat for you. I’ve found 50 home decor and furniture ideas that you can make from 2X4s. The wonderful thing about this project list is you don’t have to have a lot of woodworking experience or expensive supplies to create beautiful pieces for your home. 2X4s are really cheap. In fact, they’re among the cheapest pieces of lumber that you can find. Head off to Lowe’s or your favorite home improvement store and you’ll find that these boards are only about $3 for an eight foot board. You can make so many wonderful things with those inexpensive boards, and I’m going to show you how.

There’s a lot of space above the shelf in most closets. Even though it’s a little hard to reach, it’s a great place to store seldom-used items. Make use of this wasted space by adding a second shelf above the existing one. Buy enough closet shelving material to match the length of the existing shelf plus enough for two end supports and middle supports over each bracket. Twelve-inch-wide shelving is available in various lengths and finishes at home centers and lumberyards.
This wall art is amazing and will certainly draw attention from all of your guests. It’s made from 2X4 scraps and is pretty easy to build despite how complicated it looks. The board blocks are toggled to give it dimension and overall, it’s a stunning piece of art that you are sure to love hanging. You could stain or leave the blocks plain or even paint them different colors to add even more dimension.
This wooden décor is gorgeous and a great way to show your love of family. You can obviously do whatever message you want on this, but I really love the Journey To Forever theme. The blocks are all made from leftover 2X4 pieces and then you just paint and add your wording. Or, you can use scrapbook paper and adhere it to your blocks with Mod Podge. What a beautiful display for the mantel or coffee table!
If you have a few 2X4s on hand, you can build so many wonderful things. Even if you don’t have any, they’re so cheap that you can justify driving to your local hardware store to pick up a few. I’ve even got a great workbench in here that you can make from those 2X4s to help you with your other woodworking projects. Some of these can also be made from reclaimed wood. I love reclaimed wood projects. Instead of throwing out those boards when you’re redoing cabinets or other renovations, you can turn them into new and exciting pieces for your home! If you’re into reclaimed wood projects, you should also check out these 40 eco-friendly reclaimed wood projects for the home.
Another awesome thing about this coffee table is that it is also has a storage unit. So you can store drinks, and other stuff in the half barrel of your table and then close or open it whenever you need. Pete has also constructed a video for this tutorial for which you can find the link below. It illustrates the same process in a video guide that shows you the exact process to be followed while building this whiskey barrel coffee table.
There are lots of online sources for bun feet, but I wasn’t going to spend $30 or more when I could make my own for free. I gathered up some 3/4-in.-thick wood scraps, glued two layers together and cut out circles with a hole saw. After sanding the rough edges, I screwed each foot to a scrap of wood to hold it securely and rounded both sides with a round-over bit. A 3/4-in. round-over bit will cost you just as much as factory-made bun feet would. But spending on tools is always the right thing to do, even for a cheapskate.
If you tend to love woodworking projects, this workbench is certainly something that you should build. You can get all of the supplies you need to make it for around $20, which is much cheaper than buying an already made workbench. It’s cheap and nothing that you would expect to see in a high end workshop, but it’s also sturdy and definitely gets the job done.
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