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Easy DIY Projects You Can Make With Scrap Lumber

Easy DIY Projects You Can Make With Scrap Lumber

Every woodworker hates wasting wood when they work on a project. It can be difficult to know what to do with pieces of scrap wood, especially if they haven’t been used in a long time. To help you with this, here are some easy DIY projects you can make with scrap lumber.

Make a Trail

Consider using this gorgeous (and free!) pallet wood option to add or replace a walkway in your garden hideaway. Dig a level route about the same width as the pallet boards and lower than the surrounding landscape. Then simply fix the boards in place by placing a small amount of earth in between each slat.


Handmade birdhouses are easier to construct than one might think. All you really need is a power drill, some wood glue, and a blueprint for the birdhouse. If you want, get creative and vary your materials to give the birdhouse some character.

Wood Coasters

You can make a set of wooden coasters in under an hour. They are not only a lovely addition to your table, but they also provide protection for it. If you have a dining table or coffee table that you made yourself or simply enjoy, you'll want to protect it with a set of good coasters.

A Wood Cutting Board

You can make a wooden cutting board or serving tray in an afternoon. This is a terrific, simple craft, and it makes a great gift. So, if you feel in the mood, you can easily make a wooden cutting board if you have leftover hardwood scrap.

Cribbage Board

A handcrafted cribbage board can be created from a small piece of scrap lumber. The only tool you need is a drill press, cordless power drill, or hand drill. If you want to make your final result look professional, use a little cribbage board template.

Hand Tool Organizer

If you have some lengthy cutoffs that are too slim to be used for anything else, use them for keeping your other tools organized. Simply attach them to the wall and separate them with a few spacers. Then, bolt them together—don’t glue them—so you can alter or add dividers.

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves can be made from leftover 2 x 4s and scrap pine. Each shelf takes less than an afternoon to construct and can be stained to match any wood in the room you put them in.

We hope you have enjoyed this article on easy DIY projects you can make with scrap lumber. If you are looking to purchase hardwood dimensional lumber for your next woodworking project, reach out to Bear Hollow Supply!

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