Woodworking is a craft that’s been practiced around the world for thousands of years. It’s a fun hobby to share with your children, and there are plenty of beginner projects to try. Whether you have lumber left over from a remodel or want to pick some up for a bonding session with your kids, use the following starter projects to introduce them to the art form.
Beginner Woodworking Projects for Kids
1. Bee House
Almost every woodworking project will require a drill, and building a bee house is a simple way for your child to practice. Choose a piece of 4” x 4” lumber and cut to your desired length—at least 14” long. Next, measure out and mark where holes will go. This is an opportunity to teach your child how to use a ruler and calculate measurements.
When ready, use a 5/16” drill bit to drill several rows with three holes in each row. You can mount the final product on a piece of plywood and hang it from a tree on your property.
A workbench gives your child a foundation for future projects. A basic bench can be made of 2” x 4” and 2” x 2” pine boards.
The project teaches them to work with right angles, how to drill pocket holes, and how to use tools like an orbital sander—and if the child is old enough, they can use a miter and jigsaw under adult supervision. Once the workbench is complete, place it next to yours and start planning a new project with your child.
3. Garden Planter Box
A wooden garden planter box is something your child can put to use right away. You can build a basic window or railing planter from a 2” x 4”, 6”, or 8” piece of lumber. Take this opportunity to explain different types and cuts of lumber to your child. Next, cut the sides and base to your preferred length and the ends to your preferred width. 36” x 8” is a good reference.
Secure the frame with galvanized screws and then drill drainage holes. Choose a larger bit or spade and explain the different bits to your child. You can then screw brackets into the base if you want to hang the planter. This project shows your child the value of woodworking and how they can make everyday items that can be used in their home.
Residents in and around Cincinnati, OH, turn to Huber Lumber for their construction and woodworking supplies. This locally owned and operated company stocks a large selection of quality lumber perfect for commercial and home improvement projects. Customers will also find siding materials, doors, deck supplies, and more. Learn about their range of building supply products on their website or by calling (513) 731-4035 to speak with a sales associate.