Free Woodworking Projects and Plans

Build Something With These No-Cost Woodworking Plans

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These free woodworking plans will help beginners all the way up to expert ability to craft new projects with ease. You'll find a variety of different styles, making it easy to get the right one for your home. Whether rustic or modern design, you'll find help to get a look that would cost thousands of dollars to buy already built.

The plans below have everything you need to get started on your next project. Detailed diagrams, color photos, videos, step-by-step written building directions, and helpful tips will help you succeed.

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  • 01 of 19

    Free Workbench Plans

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    Before you dive into your project headfirst, you're going to need a workspace where you can really get going on your projects. These plans will help you build a space where you can do just that.

    These plans are for sturdy places to work that also give you many different storage options. A wide variety of sizes and layouts will ensure that you find the perfect workbench plan for your area.

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    Free Bookcase Plans

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    A great beginner woodworking plan is to make something fairly simple yet still very functional, like a bookcase. Since they also are low-cost woodworking projects, you have little to lose.

    The plans for the bookcases vary in design and number of shelves but you should be able to find a project you are willing to tackle. Some are stand-alone bookcases while others have a more built-in look. No matter which project you decide to tackle, the result will look great in your home.

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    Free Coffee Table Plans

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    Another great woodworking project for a beginner is building a coffee table. They can be built using a wide variety of plans that range from a simple to a more complicated coffee table with shelving. Some of the easiest-to-build coffee tables are just a few straight pieces that are put together. It doesn't get much easier than that!

    Contemporary, rustic, modern, and mission-style plans are included here, making it easy to get the look you want.

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    Free Picnic Table Plans

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    Every yard can benefit from a picnic table, and these plans will help you build one your family can gather around in the warm summer months to share a meal.

    These plans include projects for small, large, octagon, round, folding, and hexagon picnic tables. Whatever your space, you're sure to find a picnic table that fits.

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    Free Wine Rack Plans

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    These plans for wine racks result in a great looking project you can give as a gift or keep for yourself.

    Building a wine rack is a great beginner project, and the small amount of necessary materials helps keep the cost of this project low.

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    Free Desk Plans

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    These free desk plans are a great beginner to intermediate woodworking project.

    It's very possible to build a great looking desk for your home for a fraction of the price of buying one.

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    Free Home Bar Plans

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    Here's a bigger indoor woodworking project for some of you who surpass the beginner status—a home bar.

    These home bars can be simple or fancy, but they'll all be a gathering place in your home.

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    Free Adirondack Chair Plans

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    This set of plans for an Adirondack chair is a perfect woodworking project for the beginner, and you won't break the bank building one.

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    Free Treehouse Plans

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    If you have children or grandchildren, you'll want to look at this list of free treehouse plans. Imagine how much fun the kids will have playing out their childhood in these playhouses in the sky.

    If you don't have a tree suitable for a treehouse, there also are plans on the list for free-standing treehouses.

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    Free Playhouse Plans

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    If building a tree house sounds a little too advanced for you, consider building a playhouse instead. Some are easy to build as a shed while others are like building a tiny house. The level of detail that you want to include on the playhouse is up to you.

    These are some really fun and free plans that will give you a cozy little home the kids can start using for their adventures right away.

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    Free Bunk Bed Plans

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    Here are some free plans that will help you build something your children would love to have in their room—bunk beds.

    Bunk beds are a great beginner woodworking project that will really make something you and your kids can cherish for years to come.

    Also, consider these free plans for loft beds, platform beds, and other types of beds.

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    Free Router Table Plans

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    These free router table plans will help you in your other building projects.

    The plans will guide you through the process of building a router table so you can have even more control over your router work.

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    Free Swingset Plans

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    Your kids will be begging for you to choose one of these free plans so you can build them a swing set in their backyard.

  • 14 of 19

    Free Jewelry Box Plans

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    These free plans have everything you need to help you build a beautiful gift that will be passed on for generations.

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    Free Deer Stand Plans

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    These plans will guide you along your way in building a deer stand, in particular, a free-standing deer stand and for a deer stand in a tree.

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    Little Free Library Plans

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    These plans will help you build something special for your community: A Little Free Library is a fairly straightforward project that should be fun for anyone.

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    Free Entertainment Center Plans

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    These plans will help the intermediate builder make an entertainment center. There are lots of different options here as well as many ways these plans can be customized.

    Also, consider this list of free TV stand plans if you're looking for a simple console for your TV.

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    Free Dresser Plans

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    This set of intermediate and advanced woodworking plans will give you what you need to build a dresser or chest of drawers.

    There are a dozen plans to choose from, so you should find something for whatever room you're looking for.

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    Free Plant Stand Plans

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    This is a simple woodworking project that's great for someone who's never done any building before. It's a fast project and it's an easy one. They also make lovely housewarming gifts. There are only a few steps and when you're finished, you'll have a great-looking plant stand.