If you Google “woodworking projects,” you’ll get tens of thousands of results and probably just as many ideas. The problem is, most of these major projects might take you weeks to finish.

They could very well take longer if you only spend time on your hobby during the weekend. If this is the case, here are some cool projects a weekend warrior can tackle in a day or two.

1. Wooden Sofa Sleeve

You might not have room for an end table, or you’re tired of accidentally knocking over your drink. Either way, a sofa sleeve can be a great space-saver.

These nifty tables sit securely over the arm of your sofa or recliner. They give you a space to place a cup, the remote or your phone while you watch your favorite shows.

All you need for this project is a drill, a single board you’ll cut into three pieces and a hole saw to cut a cupholder for your favorite beverage.

Assembly for this project requires drilling angled pocket holes into the sideboards that give you somewhere to hide the screws. Correctly accomplishing this can take some practice, so we suggest trying it on a piece of scrap first. Use this technique to hide connection points in all sorts of projects.

2. Countertop Wine Rack

If you spend money on some good wine, you don’t want to leave it sitting on the counter, letting the cork dry out. An attractive wine rack that stores your bottles on their sides is the best way to keep your expensive vino from turning into vinegar.

This project couldn’t be more straightforward. All you need is a wooden crate and some scrap plywood left over from your other woodworking projects. Cut your wood, stain the pieces and assemble a chic-looking wine rack in one afternoon.

A countertop wine rack by Caylin Harris.
Credit: Caylin Harris

3. Simple Wooden Stool

This project is a little more complicated, but it’s still something you can put together over a weekend. The best thing about this idea is that you can follow video instructions for each step.

The project will help you learn valuable skills like assembling joints and creating tenons on a lathe. Once you’ve got the basics down, putting together this stool will be a piece of cake, and give you a comfy place to sit while you’re working on other projects.

4. Bathtub Tray

There’s nothing better than relaxing in a hot bath — until you drop your phone in the tub and ruin your entire evening. Start by measuring your bathtub at its widest point to determine the width of your board.

Then, you’ll need two pieces of scrap wood to be the feet, which will secure the tray in the interior edges of your tub and keep it from sliding around. Finally, stain and seal it to protect it from water and you’re ready to have the perfect relaxing evening.

A bathtub tray by Love & Renovations.
Credit: Love & Renovations

5. Platform Bed Frame

Not all of these cool wood projects have to be tiny. This chic-looking platform bed frame requires a few 2″ x 4″ boards, a drill, a Kreg Jig and a miter saw. You’ll make everything from the frame to the legs with 2″ x 4″ boards.

Those pocket holes you learned when you made that wooden sofa sleeve will come in handy with this project, keeping your screws hidden so they don’t catch on any bedclothes. This template is for a twin-sized mattress, but you can easily change the measurements to accommodate anything up to a California king if you feel so inclined.

6. Two-Board Wooden Bench

When you’re tired after a hard day in the woodshop, a bench is a perfect place to rest your weary bones. You don’t need a ton of woodworking skills or a lot of extra lumber to make a comfortable bench that can easily support your weight.

All you need is a couple of 2″ x 8″ boards, a drill, a jigsaw and a saw. That’s it — if you’ve got those tools in your garage, you’ve got everything you need to build a gorgeous bench you’ll be proud to show off.

A two-board wooden bench by The Weathered Fox.
Credit: The Weathered Fox

Which One Will You Try First?

Which of these cool wood projects do you want to try first? Let us know how it goes in the comments below. We’d love to see your results!