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.
This lamp has a really unique look and it’s perfect for any room in the house. You build the base, which is pretty high by the way, out of your 2X4s and then just add the lighting kit and a nice lampshade. You can make the lamp as short or as tall as you want or need, just cut those boards however long you need them before assembling it all together.
This outdoor couch will take a few 2X4s – about 11 of them to be exact but at less than $10 each for the boards, it will still cost you less than anything you can get at a patio or furniture store. And, it’s a really sturdy couch. The best part? You can completely build this couch in less than four hours. Once you’ve finished, just add those homemade couch cushions and you’re all set to relax in the backyard.
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 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.
Add some beauty and charm to your dining room table and use up those scrap 2X4 pieces at the same time. This centerpiece is so easy to make and it is absolutely gorgeous when it’s finished. It’s just a little box that you build from your scrap 2X4 pieces. Once you stain it, and maybe distress it a bit, and add your vases, it transforms into a beautiful centerpiece that has a really nice rustic look to it.
I used a 1/2-in.-radius cove bit and cut to a depth of 1/2 in. That’s too deep for a single router pass, so I made three passes, removing and replacing the breakout block after each pass. To make the base top, use the same wrap-and-rout procedure. Round the top and bottom of the banding (see Figure A) with a 3/8-in. round-over bit. Again, use a breakout block to prevent splintering. Repeat this entire process to build the top of the stand, which is simply a larger version of the base top. To complete the top, add scraps of plywood and cove molding on the underside (Photo 3).

Turn those 2X4s into amazing gifts for your kids’ teachers. Just cut them into blocks, maybe add some design with scrapbooking paper and then a nice little quote fit for a teacher. These are so cute and since the boards cost less than $10 each – and you get about four blocks from each board – you’re getting a unique gift for teacher for less than $3 each!
Relax and enjoy your outdoor space with this DIY patio furniture consisting of a sofa and chair. You can adjust the size completely to make it fit perfectly onto your patio or deck, and both the sofa and chair have arms that double as trays for al fresco dining. And you can make your own cushions to fit. Or you can buy store-bought ones and learn how to add ties to outdoor cushions here!
Put those 2X4s to great use by building this amazing farmhouse styled X console. If you need a console table, this is a great one to build. It’s pretty easy and you get that wonderful rustic country look. You can use reclaimed wood to give it a more distressed look or build it from new boards and just distress it yourself – or paint it white, whatever you want to match your existing decor.
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.
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