If you’ve been longing to make advancements in your woodworking skills, we have curated some projects for you to get to work on. From fairly advanced to advanced projects, these plans will help you advance into expert-level woodworking craftsmanship.
Here are some easy-to-do advanced projects we could find online. Feel free to do more research if you’re feeling lucky.
17 Advanced Woodworking Projects
Hexagon Picnic Table
This picnic table from Ana White features six large bench seats and a hexagon top. This style mixes the casual classic into a more user-friendly backyard favorite!
If you’re one for mails, you can build your mail sorting and handling console. This Mail Drawer features a built-in shredder with easy to dump the trash, file cabinet drawer, and extra drawers for stamps, pens, tape, and more!
If you’re going to check your mail and go through it immediately, it should likely be done once and for all, instead of handling multiple times. This will help save time and reduce household work.
There are so many reasons why this project is a perfect fit for your home and a worthwhile project.
- A built-in paper shredder that is easy to access but hidden
- Built-in wastebasket that is easy to empty (no need to remove the shredder head to empty wastebasket)
- Built-in filing cabinet to file mail on the spot.
- Pencil drawer for pens, pencils, stamps, and other small items
- Larger drawer for envelopes, packing tape, etc.
- Surface space for sorting mail, writing checks, addressing envelopes or decor
- Wall space above for calendars, wall storage solutions, pinboards, mirrors, or decor
The plans for the mail drawer are in this YouTube video, including the steps and functionality.
Cindy Wood Console Table With Drawers
This Console Table has two drawers and cubbies – a perfect fit in an entryway or hall. The top is table height. It’s made from 1x12s and 1x2s – so no need to rip plywood. Paint or stain any color of your choice.
Here’s why I think you’ll find this project worth your time:
- The drawers are perfect for sunglasses, mail, keys, and other small things.
- The cubbies are perfect for baskets, shoes, accessories, or books.
- The table height is perfect for hanging a mirror over the top to create a beautiful entryway.
If you have kids who share a small bedroom, this Bunk Bed by the DIY Plan might be the right solution. For a room with limited space, a bunk bed gives more room for kids to play around rather than having two beds in the room. You can build this bed for less than $400 of material. The dimensions for the bunk bed are 79″ wide x 40″ deep x 67-5/8″ tall – stairs add 14″ wide by 53-1/2″ deep.
Modern End Table
This Modern End Table from fixthisbuildthat.com is a skill builder because it has some more complex techniques, like continuous mitered joints, tapers, and dowel joinery. But you can substitute regular old stained pine for the walnut and use pocket hole joinery and butt joints for the top if you want to get the same look with more comfortable construction.
The table stands 24″ high and is 17.5″ x 17.5″ square. It’s a great statement piece for your house.
This modern DIY end table will add a pop to any room in your house! Use solid walnut for the entire end table (except for the inside drawer) and use continuous mitered joint on both sides of the top. Use dowel joinery for the base, which is a sturdy joinery method that hides any unsightly holes. Of course, you could substitute different materials and even use butt joints and pocket holes to recreate this look if you like the design.
Wooden Jewelry Box
Here’s another fantastic advanced project for from fixthisbuildthat.com. This Wooden Jewelry Box is a great project to advance your skills and work on a small scale.
Arts & Crafts Table Lamp
Here’s a challenge for advanced woodworkers: a Prairie-style lamp that will call upon your expertise in cutting angles and making exposed joints, especially for the shade. These plans will help you create a light that will and enhance your décor.
Under the bed storage neatly tucks away books, shoes, clutter, anything –– you name it! This solid oak and oak plywood hideaway locker rolls easily under a bed and gives advanced woodworkers plenty of practice sin biscuit joinery.
We call it a TV Stand, but it’s a TV cabinet. Advanced woodworkers will find this project a great exercise in typical cabinet construction.
Here’s a project that will make you proud and save you money: the computer workstation. Advanced woodworkers will enjoy the challenge of creating a custom-made piece of functional furniture.
A desk organizer keeps both your thoughts and your papers in order. This design offers storage features of a traditional secretary desk, yet it is made to sit on top of your desk or computer work surface. Pigeonholes keep mail organized, and drawers hold stationery, pencils, pens, and office supplies.
Even in the digital age, a toy wagon is an ideal gift for your children. It doesn’t need batteries, and it’s nearly impossible to wear out. It never goes out of style. Your kids will be hauling each other or their pets around in it within a week. And if you build your wagon well, someday their kids might use it for the same purpose. They’ll be cherished for generations.
Chess and Checkerboard
A simple but elegant DIY project you can do with some help from your kids? Checkmate.
Traditional A-frame toolboxes
They have been used by generations of tradespeople, including carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and mechanics. The open-top designs of A-frame toolboxes are preferred to boxes with hinged lids because they provide quick access to the tools. They may look a little rough and ready, but these boxes are workhorses, not works of art.
Every workshop needs a pair of sturdy sawhorses. And these thoroughbred pair is strong, easy to build, and conveniently stack for easy storage and transportation. Sawhorses are indispensable for use as a cutting and drilling station for holding lumber or painting a door.
Secret Heart Box
How about this for Valentine’s Day present if you like it? Here’s something for that special lady in your life, and I can guarantee that this project will have you and her smiling. If you’re looking for a way to symbolize “giving your heart to her,” then this heart-shaped ring box is a perfect idea.
There is plenty of heart-shaped boxes out there, but this is the only one that has a secret way to open it, making it a puzzle box as well. It has plenty of room for a ring or any other small gift.
Wooden Earrings (with Minimal Tools)
Here’s another fun project for a special woman in your life. It could be your mom, your sister, or your girlfriend. Either way, they’re going to love this pair of wooden earrings, and you also will enjoy working on it – with beams all over your face.
Advanced Woodworking Tips
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert woodworking craftsman, there’s a good chance that you can benefit from a few extra woodworking tips. These tips will teach you whole new methods or make you a master. They can help make your shop more efficient or help speed up the next task. Here are a few extremely beneficial tips to help you become better at your craft.
Make Your Paste Wax.
It might seem arcane and intimidating to make your materials, but it’s relatively basic. It also allows you to conserve some loans and more securely control your tasks. You can make your paste wax with 1 part carnauba wax, four parts beeswax, turpentine, and a tube of universal tinting color. Just melt the waxes together and add good turpentine to cover. Mix thoroughly and add the tinting color. When finished, allow the recipe to cool.
Dip Your Push Sticks.
Push sticks are necessary for shop security. However, a number of them slip when they come in contact with wood surfaces. If you want your push sticks to be more reliable, dip the tips in a liquid coating created for tool handles. You can use as many coats to develop a slightly ugly surface area that won’t move off your jobs.
Use Proper Lighting.
Many woodworking shops are dim or even dark, with just a few overhead lights. This makes it difficult to see what you’re doing. If you want to fix a ding or damage in a nearly-finished piece, bad lighting can cause poor color mixing or something worse. Use well-lit lights with a well-balanced color temperature to avoid a blue or red cast that makes surfaces and spots hard to apply correctly.
There so many woodworking tips all over the internet. Magazines, sites, and fellow woodworkers can use a wide range of aid that’ll make your shop much better and more comfortable to operate in. Pay attention to how you work and what might make things easier for you. It’s amazing what a few changes can do.