Wood Project Series

Help Support The Crafts Center this Holiday Season! These wood projects make great gifts for those who love to make things.

Join us in making! Our new Wood Project Series features a wide range of projects that can be easily built at home! Project supply kits have been designed, prototyped and developed by our Wood Studio Manager, John Metzler, and come ready-to-go with pre-cut material, hardware, and instructions. Dust off your workbench, follow John’s basic guidelines, and customize each project to suit your style! Projects range in skill level from beginner to advanced, with new projects being added each month, so keep an eye on our website for more Wood Projects!

Once officially registered, local residents should schedule an appointment to pick up their project supply kits directly from the Crafts Center, while any out-of-towners can choose to have their kits shipped to them. Follow the guidelines below:

Local Purchases: Registrants will need to pick-up their kits at the Crafts Center. Please email our Wood Studio Manager, John Metzler, at jhmetzle@ncsu.edu to schedule a pick-up time. Expect between 3-5 days between purchasing and pickup.

Non-Local Purchases: Registrants will need to select the Flat Rate Box add-on at check out, limit one kit per box. Expect 5-7 days between purchasing and shipping.

Birdhouse Projects

These birdhouse kits come with pre-cut materials, an instructional video, and all the hardware you need to build, customize, and hang/mount your handcrafted birdhouse!  All you will need is a phillips-head screwdriver, hammer, wood glue, and masking tape! All birdhouses come with a 1.5 inch diameter entry hole and an access door for seasonal cleaning.

Choose between three different birdhouse options and two materials! Option A is a basic yet fun to customize birdhouse, with minimal parts and easy for ages 8+ to put together. Option B is a cozy bird cottage that requires gluing together exterior features such as a door, a window, and a fence! Option C is the contemporary diamond dwelling, offering a dynamically artistic approach on an easy to assemble design.

Cypress (L), Poplar (R)

Poplar is a “soft” hardwood with an interesting grain coloring between green and white, and sometimes purple! It is easy to work with and also easy to paint! Cypress is a softwood that is durable, stable, and rot/water resistant making it optimal for outdoor projects. Cypress will definitely increase the longevity of your birdhouse.

The basic registration is for the poplar wood. If you would like the cypress wood make sure to include the Cypress Upgrade in the Additional Cart Items portion of checkout.

If you are not local and would like to have the kit shipped to you, you must include the Flat Rate Box in the Additional Cart Items portion of checkout.


Option A: Simple Bird House (8.5″ tall x 8.5″ wide x 6.5″ deep)
Poplar Price: $25    Cypress Price: $35      Register for this project»




Option B: Cozy Bird Cottage (9.5″ tall x 9.5″ wide x 7″ deep)
Poplar Price: $30    Cypress Price: $40      Register for this project»




Option C: Contemporary Diamond Dwelling (12″ tall x 7.5″ wide x 4″ deep)
Poplar Price: $25    Cypress Price: $35      Register for this project»