10 Woodworking Projects You Can Make For Christmas!

10 Woodworking Projects You Can Make For Christmas!

We’re going to make something
with me, David Picciuto,
and today we’re going to go over 10
woodworking projects you can make as
Christmas gifts.
YouTube library condensed down
into one nice little package.
If you want to see the full
video in detail, I’ll have
links in the description.
I’m going to make a
playlist of everything.
Some of these projects
have templates and plans,
which I’ll link to down below
in the description every year.
I make the same thing for
all of my family members,
so I can batch out
everything all at one time.
So hopefully this sparks the
idea for you to make a handmade,
wouldn’t gift for your
loved ones in this year.
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Everybody has tissues so you might as
well decorate it with a nice wooden box.
This is what I made for my
family last year for Christmas.
I think I made 17 or 18 of them and if
you’re going to do this, batch them out,
cut all your pieces,
then cut all the miters,
cut the tops and then the bottoms
and then glue everything up.
I made all of these in one day. I
have plans for these down below.
Everybody loved them and it
came with a box of tissues.
The top Walnut piece that you see here
that just floats on top of the tissue
box. I think it’s a really cool design.
Next up are these luminary
lamps. I love this project.
You don’t need a lot of wood for this and
you can make a whole bunch in a single
day here you see me on some thick boards,
but you can use pre milled lumber from
your home center or a hardwood dealer and
you might see some crazy angles
here, but don’t worry about it.
All the joinery is super easy
and we go over it in the plans.
What I really love about this
project is how customizable it is.
You can use glass or acrylic or even wood
veneers for the glowing luminary parts
and you can use a candle or a light
bulb and you can add or remove
embellishments as you need a great
project to batch out for your family.
This holiday season,
here we are with some
finger jointed pencil boxes.
Now you are going to need some
quarter inch material for this,
so you’ll either have to resolve some
wood or buy quarter inch material from
your supplier.
You’re also going to need a way to make
finger joints otherwise known as box
I have two dedicated videos on this one
at the table saw and one at the router
to go along with these pencil boxes.
You’re going to want to make some pencils.
The most common way is with a pencil kit
and a lave and this brand new way with
a jig invented by Andrew Klein that
makes six sided solid wood pencils.
It’s a super cool jig Ahava
link to it down below.
You can batch out a ton
of these in a single day.
Up next we have bandsaw boxes.
I have made a ton of these in my lifetime
because there’s so much fun and you
can get crazy with the
designs. As the name implies,
you’re going to need a bandsaw,
but you don’t need a big one.
Here in the video I’m using a smaller
10 inch bandsaw and it’s all about the
blade choice. The four boxes that
you see here, I have templates for.
I’ve also written a book where we get a
little bit more crazy and creative with
the designs and it goes into great detail.
Links to those templates
and that book down below.
If you plan on making these plans
on spending a lot of time sanding,
if you can take a shortcut by using
the spindle sander and a descender,
it’s gonna make life a lot easier.
This one’s obvious. Cutting boards.
Everybody needs a wooden
cutting board for their kitchen.
I probably have three or four different
videos on making cutting boards and of
course I’ll link them down below as
well as add them to the playlist.
I’ve also written a book on making
15 different types of cutting boards,
long grain cutting boards,
and green cutting boards.
Cutting boards with juice grooves,
cutting boards, the knife holder,
building it, cutting boards with a
strainer built in it. All different kinds.
The video that you’re watching here,
this is me making an end grain
cutting board out of scraps.
This is a great way to get rid of wood
that’s just been sitting around your way.
Shop waiting to be used.
Everybody needs a cutting board.
Next up are these wine displays.
I have made more of these wine displays
any way. The other thing in my lifetime,
I’ve sold a ton at craft shows
and given away many as gifts.
If you’re new to woodworking, this is
a great first project, a batch out.
You just need a way to make straight cuts.
Way to make curb cuts
and a way to drill holes.
I have templates for these on
my website. As you can see,
I’m batching them out out
here doing two at a time.
When I give them away as gifts,
I include a bottle of wine
and a couple of classes,
a classy and beautiful gift,
and speaking of wine, let’s
make some wine boxes here.
I’m making these out of some inexpensive
pine. I don’t put any finish on it.
I just leave the pine as is. I
like the way it yellows over time.
I’m not a big fan of pine,
but it just seems to work well for this
particular project. You can see here,
I’m making them with box joints,
sometimes called finger joints.
I have videos on making box showing both
at the table saw and the router table
links to those videos down below.
There’s just something about giving a
bottle of wine as a gift for Christmas.
Maybe it’s because nobody knows what
a good wine is or what a bad wine is,
so it seems like a thoughtful gift
and here’s a great way to box it up.
I like to use a hand plane to make some
shavings to line the inside of the box
and if you have a wood burner or
a laser cutter or branding iron,
you can burn an image on
the outside of the box.
Okay. One more alcohol related gift idea.
I guess there’s just something about
the holidays that makes people drink.
Anyways, I have sold a ton of
these at craft shows . Andl,
it seems to be a very
popular page on my website.
I’ve always made them
out of Walnut plywood.
I just really liked using
a nice quality plywood.
It’s cheaper than hardwood on the exposed
edges. Just look cool on this project.
There’s no fancy joinery,
just butt joints and dolls.
If you pair this up with a
local brew, put a bow on top.
It makes a great gift .
Next picture frames. Grandma used to
say, if you haven’t made a picture frame,
are you even a woodworker? I’ve got a
ton of videos on making picture frames,
both simple and complex and we just
finished filming a video on making over
picture frames.
I’ve got a video on how to make a spline
jig to reinforce those corners and I’ve
got a video on making a sled for the
table saw to help you make picture frames
even faster.
I’ve also got a video on how to Mount
and matte your artwork and seal off the
Just imagine if you found an old family
photo where everybody’s smiling and you
made a custom frame for that
and gave that to grandma,
that’s just gonna make
the best Christmas ever.
Number 10 on this list are
rings. Why not make that special?
Someone in your life, a Christmas ring.
Every year my wife and I retire,
our wedding rings make new ones.
So every year I get to put up a brand
new ring making video up on my YouTube
channel. So I’ve got a few of these,
I’ve learned some good techniques and
I tried to do something different every
single time.
I will put a link to all six spring
videos down in the description as well as
added to the playlist.
What you’re seeing here are our latest
rings and we did a cool technique of
having zebrawood going against the grain
and then hand planeing some shavings
and wrapping that around. Copper
was a really cool technique,
makes free beautiful and very strong ring.
Plus if you make your significant
other a handmade wouldn’t ring,
I guarantee you you’re
going to get kisses.
I’ll have a playlist to the pool video
of all of those projects linked somewhere
here on the screen. Some of those
projects also have templates and plans.
There’ll be a link to that down below
in the description. If you are new here.
This is all about having fun. We put
out a new video every single week.
A lot of times it’s about woodworking.
Sometimes it’s just about doing stuff.
I like doing stuff. You like doing
stuff. Let’s do stuff together,
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There’s a like button and a bell. I
don’t even know what those things do.
Anyway, we’ll see you next week
with a brand new project or video.
Who knows what we’re going
to do. As always, be safe,
have fun, stay passionate,
and make something out of
focus. Let’s go out of focus.
Woo. Look how I would focus. That goes.

77 thoughts on “10 Woodworking Projects You Can Make For Christmas!”

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  2. The beer tote was one of my first ever woodworking projects and the first christmas gifts I made for family/friends 🙂

  3. Thanks! I can only make projects when I'm home from college since my dad has all the tools. I'll be home for a month after this week so I can make projects

  4. Thnx Dave…….ALWAYS a good inspirational videos that EVERYONE can participate in!!…….Wishing your family, and your YouTube family the BEST holiday season!!!…..And I will be makin' something this year for sure!!

  5. Whats up Dave. I think for your next project you should make a Bluetooth speaker with some really nice hardwoods.

  6. Wow!! That’s a lot of info right there! Loved all of these projects, but kept changing my mind as to which one to try my hand at building.
    I’ve now got a leg to stand on (ba dum-cha) and just waiting for my physical therapist to do a home visit to make sure I’m able to move around my shop safely. Wish me luck!
    Thanks again for all you do!!

  7. Funny, everyone thinks that a lot of these are cheap, until you factor in cost of wood, tools and time… not cheap

  8. I've been watching an absurd amount of spoon carving videos lately. I think it's something I want to try. Have you ever done some carving?

  9. I'm making a step stool. It's a gift for my son/wife. It's super simple plywood box with a couple of treads and cut out handles. I'm making it with my front porch bench for a workbench, my circular saw, and drill + wood filler and glue. It's the first box I've made and it went pretty well, and I've learned some things, like I need more clamps! It would be fun to do many of these, but most seem like they'd require more than my basic setup.

  10. Did you learn to make pitcher frames down by the crick? 😬😬 . Thanks for the ideas, I’m just down the highway from ya!

  11. Another super simple gift I've made this year. Wooden bookmarks with a ribbon at the top. 8×2" and about 1/8 thick. Super minimal, just the woodgrain and my signature.

    A good use for small offcuts and can make loads in a short time!

  12. Nice ideas, and I remember most of those videos. You still going to do the cart racing thing. I've been looking forward to seeing how you do.

  13. So many great projects in one video – actually 10 to be exact! Such a good idea to batch out the family presents – I started doing that last year and it definitely makes life a lot easier! Such a great set of projects and videos!

  14. What? A Video on a Monday? Wait, are we just having some fun? Why can't we just have fun? This is supposed to be fun!

  15. Hullo young man. the main thing I like about your channel no more about you is the enthusiasm you have about all your going's on. Keep it up, you can be a breath of fresh air.

  16. I just noticed the rainbow flag in your shop. Thank you so much for representing! It's greatly appreciated and not seen too much in the maker space. 🙂

  17. David, I’ve been dying to know, the video length is always 10:01, I myself am not a YouTuber, is there some sort of significance behind that? 🤔

  18. 10 good ideas! Thank you. I’ll go with the cutting board this year. I first thought it was a bit simple, but your right. Everyone need cutting boards 😊

  19. It’s been a long time since I watched one of your videos, I’m talking back in “the drunken woodworker days”. have you lost weight? Looking good man 👍 hopefully YouTube will start suggesting your videos to me again.

  20. Grandma was a wise woman. I made the wine display last year for my sister-in-law. Going to do another one from this list for a different family member this year. Thanks for all the great inspiration! I like to make stuff and to have fun. That's why I'm here.

  21. I have a question. I have a small bench top jointer. If I run a board 2"x 2"x 20" board across the jointer do I put downward pressure on the board? If so so I put the pressure more on the out feed table or in feed? If I put pressure on the in feed table when the board is half way done the board will lift up off the out feed table like a teeter totter. I'm finding no matter how I do it one end of the board gets cut less than the other and it makes problem worse. I can't tell you how many boards ended up thinner on one end than the other. The out feed table doesn't adjust so that can't be off and I made the saw blade level with the out feed table so that's good. I'm out of ideas

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