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Woodworking Projects For Fun and Profit

Woodworking projects are a great way to develop carpentry skills, bond with a younger person, enjoy time alone, or even volunteer your time. Small projects need not be expensive and can often be completed with scraps or leftovers from larger projects. And many of the skills and techniques used to create small woodworking projects can be further developed and applied to larger projects later. Small projects are a great way to get started and to learn the basics.

Kids of all ages enjoying building things and constructing woodworking projects with a parent, grandparent, or adult mentor. Of course, it is vital to have proper supervision if kids will be using any kind of power tools whatsoever. But with the proper training and guidance, older kids and teenagers can go on to build simple woodworking projects of their own without a lot of help.

One of the easiest and most practical woodworking projects for many people to start with is a birdhouse. You can build birdhouses in an infinite variety of sizes, shapes, and styles, many of which are designed specifically to house particular species of birds. You can find lots of different plans available or even design a birdhouse of your own.

Birdhouses generally require few materials-unless you're building a really large one or a birdhouse condo-and can easily be constructed with a few basic tools. They're great woodworking projects for kids because basic models have a very simple construction. In addition, the cost of materials is minimal. You can even purchase all of the pieces in a kit if you don't have access to a lot of power tools.

Woodworking projects like birdhouses make great starter projects for boy, girl, and cub scout troops; 4-H clubs; other clubs and organizations; craft days; or in classrooms. If you provide some paint and paintbrushes when the projects are complete, the kids will take particular joy in decorating their individual birdhouses in unique and creative ways. And when you're done, you'll have lots of great places for the birds in your yard, park, playground, or neighborhood for birds to call home.

Finally, birdhouses are great woodworking projects to build for fun and also for profit. You can sell them locally, online, at craft shows, in consignment shops, or even right from your front yard. They also make a great gift for grandparents and others.

Of course, birdhouses aren't the only woodworking projects to consider. You can also build small shelves for decoration and practical purposes-in many different sizes and lengths. You could build small wood boxes or window boxes for plants and flowers. You can build small wood boxes with specific purposes in mind-such as recipe boxes-or as a multi-purpose catchall for a desk or countertop.

In addition, you could build a toolbox or caddy, small benches for children or dolls, a doll cradle, a bird feeder, or a pencil holder. Pull toys and wooden trains are also popular woodworking projects. A child-size picnic table or a toy box are also simple to construct, albeit slightly larger projects.

If you'd like to try something a little more advanced, consider building a wooden rocking horse or even a tree house or playhouse. Again, all of these items are very salable items if you want to build them as a pastime and to make a small profit. In addition, they are fun to build for children and grandchildren; as gifts for nieces, nephews, and neighborhood children; or just because.

For more great woodworking ideas go to Wood Working 4 Home Resource to get 14,000 Easy to Use and Understand Woodworking Plans that can be Fun and Profitable.

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