Here’s another great way to add some whimsical décor to your home and use up those 2X4 blocks at the same time. You can make them into penguins! These little guys are perfect for dressing up your home for the holidays and you can leave them out all winter long. You’ll need blocks of wood and then black and white paint to make the penguin design. This is a great project for the kids to help with – they’ll have a blast creating their own little unique penguin.
Before fall comes around, you just have to make this great pumpkin décor from those leftover 2X4 scraps. These look like decorations that you can get at Hobby Lobby and other similar stores, which typically run around $50 for the set. You can make them yourself for under $5 if you have the boards on hand. Just paint them orange and add your decorations. This is such a simple project and it gives you such lovely décor for fall.
You can transfer a graphic on any wood piece of your choice, including a frame, top of a table, etc. The surface should be clean and big enough for the graphic paper. I am also sharing a video tutorial here that explains in detail the process of transferring any graphic to a wooden surface using a freezer paper. Just gather the items you need and follow this video to carve your favorite designs on your favorite wood items.
First, screw the face frames of the two cabinets together. Drill pilot holes and drive screws through the lower face frame into the upper. Then lay them on one side and hold a straightedge across the fronts of the face frames to be sure they form a straight, flat surface. I had to slip a strip of cardboard between the two cabinet boxes to get the face frames aligned.
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.
Who doesn’t want to have one awesome and handy wooden desk organizer that not only looks beautiful but can store all your mini office desk items properly? See the picture below. I am sure you will love this one. I have already built one myself as I just could not resist having one at my office. This thing easily stores all my office desk essentials, including pen, pencils, marker, small notebooks, etc. in the most organized way. You can see it yourself.
You can display these great flag blocks any time of the year, but they would be really great for the Fourth of July. This is another project that only needs your scrap wood so if you’ve done other DIYs with your 2X4s and you just want something to use those scraps for, here’s a wonderful project. Just cut off the ends, sand them down, and paint them to resemble a flag. It’s an easy and absolutely beautiful project.
You can never have too much storage space and this little bench gives you loads. It’s made from those 2X4s and has a great X leg look. Underneath the seat are crates, which you can also make from your 2X4s, for storing just about anything you need to store. This would be a great outdoor bench for the patio. You can use the crates to store outside toys or even things that you need when you’re grilling out. Best of all, you can build the entire thing, including stain, for around $40 or less.
Working on one side at a time, glue and nail the side to the back. Apply glue and drive three 1-5/8-in. nails into each shelf, attach the other side and nail those shelves into place to secure them. Clamps are helpful to hold the unit together while you’re driving nails. Center the top piece, leaving a 2-in. overhang on both sides, and glue and nail it into place. Paint or stain the unit and then drill pilot holes into the top face of each side of the unit and screw in the hooks to hold your ironing board. Mount the shelf on drywall using screw-in wall anchors.
Screw the cabinets first to the base, driving screws from inside the cabinet boxes (see Figure A). Then set the top in place and fasten it the same way before adding the back panel (S). Measure between the cabinets and subtract 1/8 in. to determine the width of the shelves. To make the shelves, glue banding to a long piece of plywood and rout it with a round-over bit, just as you did to make the top. Then cut the plywood into sections. The shelves rest on adjustable supports. I drilled 2-in. holes into the extension frames for cables to exit behind the stand. Those holes also provide a nook to stuff excess wires into. Next, disassemble the stand for finishing. I applied two heavy coats of Minwax Ebony stain followed by two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly. Later, with the stand assembled and in place, I drove a single screw through the top cleat (T) into a wall stud—insurance against tipping forward.
Building a Wooden Office Desk Organizer is an easy task for a professional woodworker, but not so much for normal people like you and me. But that doesn’t mean you cannot do this. Two years ago, I had almost no woodworking experience, but now I make most of my household and office wooden items by myself. This saves me a lot of money. And believe me when I say this; you can also manage to make wonderful wood items with a little practice and some woodworking experience.
Here’s a traditional Swedish farm accessory for gunk-laden soles. The dimensions are not critical, but be sure the edges of the slats are fairly sharp?they’re what makes the boot scraper work. Cut slats to length, then cut triangular openings on the side of a pair of 2x2s. A radial arm saw works well for this, but a table saw or band saw will also make the cut. Trim the 2x2s to length, predrill, and use galvanized screws to attach the slats from underneath. If you prefer a boot cleaner that has brushes, check out this clever project.
This is another example of small woodwork projects that require good time and woodworking skills. This item is built using multiple wooden parts. Each part is shaped in a specific design and then all parts are attached together to make the final TV set. I have never tried building this one, mostly because I don’t own an iPhone, but also because making this item is not an easy task. By the way, it works fine with all kinds of phones.
Now you’re ready to glue and nail on the legs and rails (Photo 2). Glue front leg parts (L, M and N) together, then add them to the cabinet. The top rail (T) is too thin to nail to the face frame, so just nail it to the center stile (S) and clamp it in place until the glue sets. Then remove the doors, finish-sand the whole chest and add the top, which is just two layers of plywood edge-banded and glued together (Photo 3).
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If you tend to do a lot of DIY projects, particularly with wood and the like, you’re probably going to want a great shelf to store all of those cans of paint. You don’t necessarily need something fancy, just big enough, right? Those 2X4s can be used to create a huge shelf that will leave you plenty of room for storing paint cans – or anything else that you need to store.