21 Things You Can Build With 2x4s

Here are 21 brilliant woodworking projects that begin with basic 2x4s



2x4s are some of the cheapest lumber you can find in any lumberyard or home improvement store. Dependable, sturdy, and at around $3 for an 8 ft piece, it’s an excellent value for your building budget. They can be cut down into smaller sizes or used as-is to make projects of all sizes.

Here are 21 simple, inexpensive & great-looking projects you can make with 2x4s. Enjoy!

1. Outdoor Jenga Set

Make an outdoor Jenga set

Make a giant game of Jenga to play with your friends. (Tutorial: Squirrelly Minds)

2. Easy DIY Bench Made From 2x4s

Easy DIY bench made from 2x4s

Turn inexpensive 2x4s into a rustic x-leg bench with built in storage underneath. (Tutorial: The Kim Six Fix)

3. Floral Centerpiece Made Out of 2x4s

Floral centerpiece made out of 2x4's

Create a beautiful centerpiece for your kitchen table. (Tutorial: Infarrantly Creative)

4. Beautiful 2×4 Coffee Table

Beautiful 2x4 coffee table

I love the simplicity of this table, and the staggered edges on the sides! (Tutorial: A Beautiful Mess)

5. 2×4 Wood Greeting Snowmen

2x4 Wood Greeting Snowmen

Super easy Christmas and winter decoration. (Tutorial: Keeping it Simple)

6. Make Half-Lap Bar Stools From 2x4s

Make Half-Lap Bar Stools from 2x4s

Nice, simple and sturdy looking stools. (Tutorial: Jay’s Custom Creations)

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  • http://www.solarproducts.me/ Solar Products.me

    Thank You! These look good.

  • p3orion

    Thanks for the ideas. These are nice, creative, and attractive projects.

    OK, except for the coffee table. That is the ugliest damned coffee table I’ve ever seen!

  • Phil Bickel

    I used to make and sell this stuff. May do it again when I retire.

    • Conner ?

      where can i sell the things i make out of wood

  • Jorge McMillan

    I really like the coffee table you displayed in #4! I think that would be a fun project to work on this month. I like how simple yet unique it looks. Thanks for the idea!

  • Martin Endemann

    Great post – love the ideas!

  • http://www.commatose.ca/ Nikki Comma

    Love these ideas! I want to try the outdoor plant shelf since a previous owner seems to have built something like it onto our house so I have the wood part done for me!

  • Gregory Hart (IdeaTank)

    Old project ideas from the 1960’s…..