Amazing DIY Woodwork Projects for Beginners

There is nothing like the satisfaction of tackling a DIY home project – and there is so much that you can do with timber pieces. Try some woodwork projects – and there is plenty you can do if you don’t want to get on the complicated tools.


Upcycling something you already have is an affordable and easy project to start with. If you don’t have a piece of furniture at home that needs upcycling, check out your local op shop or garage sales. A retro chair that is in good condition may only need a light sand and a lick of paint or varnish. If you are working on a piece with some intricate details, using aerosol varnish, like Monocel Gold Clear Timber Varnish Aerosol, makes the job easy. Once you have taken care of the timber elements, a tired seat or cushioned area can be replaced by simply using a staple gun to attach some stylish new fabric.


Stain and protect

Timber outdoor furniture left out in the elements can quickly need some TLC, and there is no simpler DIY woodworking project that refreshing a piece with a stain and varnish. Monocel Gold Stain and Varnish is easy-to-use and will give a timber surface beautiful colour and protection from the harsh Aussie sun. Once you have done the hard work, you can use a good quality furniture oil like Monocel Furniture Oil to help the furniture look good for longer.


Easy projects

If you want to give making something from scratch a go, there are so many options to try, including simple shelving, wine racks, cutting boards and planter boxes. Have a quick look online and you will find a range of projects with detailed instructions, templates or instructional videos. Go to for some ideas. Most local hardware or timber supply businesses will be able to help you choose the best materials and tools for your project.


Top tips before you start

If you are cutting anything, the professionals always advise to measure twice and cut once.

Sand the timber to get rid of any rough edges or minor flaws before you apply varnish.

Start simple. If you are new to woodworking, a project that you can use pre-cut pieces or a hand saw might be best. Make sure you get some expert advice about tool use and safety before getting onto the complicated tools.

Always protect the timber with a good quality sealer or finish. Check out the Monocel range to choose the product best suited for your project,