The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Woodworking


Only Adults can complete the woodworking hobby, to begin this hobby you need to buy the woodworking bench from the promotions r us store and place it in one of your sims houses or you can use the benches at the community center once you have completed the Multi Story Renovations Quest.

I cannot find it in my home store to place it? You need to look in your inventory under the hobby and career items section

I cannot place the woodworking bench, it says its locked/ limited item, what do I do? You will have this problem if you try and place it from the new items tab, look in your inventory instead to be able to place the woodworking bench in one of your sims houses.

You can buy as many as you want so you can have as many adult sims as you want completing this hobby at once

Once placed tap on it and select one of the options:

  • Quick Practice- 5 hours
  • Carve Magnum Opus- 12 hours 30 minutes

After the time has passed come back and click the exclamation mark above your sims head, you may get a woodworking collectible straight away or have to play the mini game if your sim made a doll:


The doll will run to the pipes on the machinery to the left of the screen- your sim will rush to a window. You need to get the doll to the window your sim is at, if it is going the wrong way you can tap on it to change the dolls direction (you will only get this minigame if you complete the hobby at the community center, if you do it at home you don’t need to chase the dolls!)

Every time you complete one of the options above your woodworking hobby skill level up percentage will increase, once you reach 100% you will level up, there are 6 levels. You need to reach level 6 to be able to unlock all of the woodworking collectibles, once unlocked you will be able to find them.

The table below shows the level up percentage for each option:

This may change in future updates

NOTE: if you are completing a woodworking time limited hobby event the percentage increases quicker during these events than the normal amounts shown in the table below

 LEVEL 5 hours 12 hours 30 minutes
1-2 13% 40%
2-3 6% 20%
3-4 3% 12%
4-5 3% 12%
5-6 1% 4%

For example if you did the 12 hour 30 minute option, you would need to do this 5 times or the 5 hour option 17 times to reach level 3 from level 2.

The table below shows you for each level what woodworking collectibles you unlock (so you can then find those ones too) and also the level up reward that a second and future sims will receive when they level up in this hobby:

1 What’s a Hammer? Board with Bent Nail, Pine Oakio and Lil’ Ole Smokey are unlocked in the hobby collection
2 Apprentice 2-Bit Wooden Hammer is now unlocked in the hobby collection 250XP
3 Experienced SimCity Turbine Replica and Sammy Splinters  are now unlocked in the hobby collection 500XP
4 Skilled Weird Ornaments and Fine Sculpture are now unlocked in the hobby collection S750
5 Expert Rumple Steelskin and Will Wright Replica are now unlocked in the hobby collection 10,000 Town Value
6 Master Craftsmen Wooden Dragon and Ragtime Runaway are now unlocked in the hobby collection.

You can now complete the collection!


NOTE: only the first sim completing this hobby needs to get to level 6 to unlock all the collectibles, future sims will be able to find any collectible even if they are only on level 1 in this hobby (and they can do the shortest option to try and find the collectibles quicker!)

You won’t find a new collectible each time, you will get repeats, if this happens just keep going, you will find them eventually! If it is still taking too long you can use the lucky spin on the row where you cannot find the item, this will cost LPs, when you click on the LP button it will clear the row and give you a random collectible on that row so you aren’t guaranteed a new item (you will get back any other collectibles you already had in that row) Need to earn some LPs to use the lucky spin?


The completed woodworking collection is shown below, once you complete the collection you need to click ‘start a new collection’ at the top of the hobby collection screen, this clears the board so you can complete the collection again to earn more rewards (you will only get the option to restart the hobby collection when you have completed the collection):

You will earn XPs when you complete a row in the hobby but to complete the collection you need to find all 12 of the collectibles

The rewards for completing this collection are a dog kennel, foosball table and 3LP:

  • The first time you complete the collection you receive a free premium dog kennel (which can be found in the pet section of buy mode)
  • The second time you receive a free foosball table (which can be found in living room section of buy mode)
  • From the third time onwards each time you complete the collection you will earn 3LP

Time Limited Hobby Events– the woodworking hobby appears often in these events, to complete these you have to complete the woodworking hobby a certain amount of times during the time limit to unlock all of the prizes, you can find a list of time limited hobby events here. If you want to complete these time limited hobby events then have one sim get to level six in this hobby before the next event starts so you only have to do the shortest option when the event begins!


Confused about hobbies? Read my Hobbies Frequently Asked Questions post

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78 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Hobbies: Woodworking

  1. For my first woodworking attempt, before completing the multi storey task, I just produced a monkey that ran away!
    Ps. Your blogs are fantastic!

  2. How do you get the pine oakio and similar things if you buy a bench and have it at your house but there are no pipes for them to run around?

  3. Thank you so much for this! I was stuck on a task in the multi story Renovations quest, and I didn’t know if I could get anything from the wooden doll, but now I do! I had no idea you wanted to get it to jump out the window with your sim, 😂😂😂!

  4. This woodworking hobby drove me nuts! It took two days to get the first set of pieces, and by that time I’d filled in all of the sets – the board with nail was the last piece and it took forever. I finally put two sims at work in 10 minute increments and used up a block of LPs to repeatedly cancel the actions by the third Sim after starting the one- hour time block, and that was when I finally got it. I don’t know if that was a useful strategy or just plain luck, but it worked. Fortunately I’d saved up a bunch of LPs and used most of them to quickly finish the Multilevel quest, and I got the elevators! Since I normally don’t have so much free time, this may be the only big “prize” I earn. Now I have almost no LPs left and will just work slowly through the following quests.

    I think EA miscalculated on this woodworking process, I was about to throw my iPad across the room when I finally got it done. In the end it wasn’t fun any more.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog. You have a bright future in store, I’m sure, with the type of talent it takes to compile such a well-organized, comprehensive and accessible database!

    • That’s very unlucky :/ I feel like they have recently made this one even harder to complete in the time limit- its already tight as it is! I hope you find future quests more enjoyable!
      You’re welcome! Thanks 🙂

    • I agree! I have been on the same one for 10 days with 21 sims working and yet to complete the first set. Sent multiple complaints to firemonkey’s zero reply. The event ends in 3 hours and I didn’t collect 1 item.

  5. Hello. So I am on the multi story renovations quest, and I need to have the 1st set of items completed before I can move on. I always have my sim do a quick practice to get an option for level one. All I need is the pine oakio to complete my set. I never get the pine oakio, however. I get the Sammy splinters. If you have any tips for getting the pine oakio I could really use it!! Thanks!😊😊

    • There isn’t really any tips I can give you to get pine oakio, the ones you get are random and sometimes some are harder to get than others, all you can really do is keep trying, you will get it eventually

  6. Hi weightless magic,
    I wonder how much does the woodworking bench cost when I unlock it? Because I want to finish this hobby as quick as possible.

  7. Sometimes when I complete ‘Quick Practise’ I get this wood doll that ballistically runs up and down the pipes of the community center. I click on the bubble with the ‘!’, Over and over again! But he keeps running in different directions. Is there something I need to do before he jumps out the windows?

  8. Is there a trick to catch the Sammy Splinter doll? I’ve gotten all the rest but him. Each time I make him I can’t catch him. I click on him to change direction like the others but he just keeps running and hops out the window. I think I’ll only be able to finish if I get lucky enough for him to run straight to my sim! Thanks

  9. My social task at the moment is to carve a weird ornament at a neighbours community centre, but I only have the option for 5 hour quick practice or 12.5 hours carve magnum opus so can’t complete the task because of the update. Yet the task has only just appeared since I completed the previous so since the update, it doesn’t make sense? I don’t want to spend 10LP to skip it 😦 any thoughts? Sorry if something has already been posted about this.

  10. when I was playing sammy splinters came then he was heading for my sim then the sim went ‘ah uh uh’ then spammy splinters ran away????? Anyone else having this problem and if you are have you got any solutions thanks

    • You need to click on the exclamation mark that appears above the dolls head when it is on the pipes to make it go in the direction of your sim standing by the window so he can be caught

  11. Hi =] I’ve completed the full collection and it says I’ve unlocked the Dog Kennel to be found at the home store (it has the pink tick and all) but I’ve scanned my whole entire home store and I don’t see it anywhere to be bought.

    Same happened with the sim outfits unlocked by completing the fashion design hobby, sims are supposed to be able to wear them, right? But again I can’t find those anywhere.

    Is this because I completed those collections during the ringlets of fire and urban furniture events?

    Your blog has been incredibly useful, thanks a lot!! ❤

    • Have you built the pet store yet? As the dog kennel will be in the pet section of the home store which you won’t have until you build the pet store in sim town
      If those outfits are not in the wardrobe under outfits for your adult sims then I believe you will need to build the costume and swim store then you will find them in your wardrobe

      If you completed them after you found all the prizes in the event then you will have unlocked them
      You’re welcome!

  12. I am on my third time through the woodworking hobby, and after completing the second time it said I had unlocked the foosball table, however I am unable to find it in the living room section.
    Any ideas why ?


    please read before asking

    Can I do this hobby without building the community center?
    Yes, buy a woodworking bench from promotions r us to start this hobby

    Where can I find the foosball table prize?
    In the living room section

    At the community center my sim made a wooden doll that jumped out of the window, why?
    3 of the items you have to collect are these dolls, if you are completing the hobby at the community center they will run towards the pipes and you will need to click on the exclamation mark to make them run to the window your sim is standing at so it can be caught. If you complete the hobby at a sims house this will not happen

    Why haven’t I found a certain piece yet?

    Some take longer to get than others so just keep going, you will find them eventually!

    Read this post for general hobby information: Frequently Asked Questions About Hobbies

  14. Hello! I was hoping you could help me, I have just unlocked the foosball table and reset the collection, but I look at EVERY tab in the Home Store. It isn’t in the Living Room selection. Do I need a certain building to unlock this? I wanted a cool new decoration for my house with a sporty kind of family. (And also for I have a house with 3 kids with the Roberts last name? Is this a glitch? There are 2 teens and 1 infant. May have been with latest update?) and I LOVE the blog I would be stuck in Seniors quest without knowing for the Snow Park! Thanks in Advance!!

  15. This is seriously the worst hobby. By the time you reach level five, going 5 hours at a time only increases the hobby 1%! One percent increase for five hours of woodworking is ridiculous. It’d make more sense if the prizes were interesting, but for a doghouse? Pass.

  16. Seriously the last level is only 4% for 12.5 hours. I’m going to need two weeks to reach level six. I’m guessing the urban furniture event will be a lot sooner than that.

    • Last time this event was available each time you did the 5 hour option you were able to level up so hopefully it will be the same this time, I don’t know why it takes so long to level up outside of the event though!

  17. Hello, I haven’t gained the whole collectibles for this hobby since I stopped doing it a while ago when I reached level 5, however the woodworking bench is available in hobby stores for me to buy.
    Anyway, the urban furniture event is coming soon for me and I am concerned that this will hinder my sims to get the complete woodworking pieces, as the 10 minutes and 1 hour options are no longer available, and it is soooo… unbelievably difficult to increase skill progress now.

    Do you perhaps have any tips to increase the progress quickly? Which option works faster? 5 or 12.30? Thanks a bunch 🙂

    • Last time this event was available each time you did the 5 hour option you were able to level up so hopefully it will be the same this time, I don’t know why it takes so long to level up outside of the event though and there really are no tips to increase right now as both options seem to only increase by the smallest amount

  18. Kay L, you are so right! There’s something off with the metrics, before I reset my game I was able to max out this hobby at roughly the same rate as other hobbies. But now I got 1% per hour (12% for magnum opus) at lvl 3/6 and about half that at lvl 4/6. That’s gotta be close to a month straight grinding to be maxed, not even talking about getting all the collectibles. Ridiculous.

    Also, someone had posted a question in another section asking if you hit 100% on a hobby level while still working if it keeps going- i.e. If you’re at 98% and start a 12 hour practice, will it top out at 100% or carry that over moving you forward on the next level. The woodworking hobby does NOT carry over, and I have seen that on a couple other hobbies too. Not sure if they’re all like that.

  19. How can i level up? The Urban furniture event od comming and my sim is on level 3 ;( i have been doing 5 hours option since 3 days and still only level 3. It is increasing soooo slooooowly ;(

    • Last time this event was available each time you did the 5 hour option you were able to level up so hopefully it will be the same this time, I don’t know why it takes so long to level up outside of the event though!

  20. So I just completed the woodworking hobby for the first time not having it as part of an event and it said I was able to purchase the foosball table. However, I looked in the store and could not find it anywhere. What do I do?

  21. Hey i just reached level 11 and i got this new “Urban Furniture Event” in my task bar and it says coming soon. It also ays “Build the Promotions R Us store to prepare for the Urban Furniture Hobby Event”. Plz tell me should i make it or not? And plz tell me that if i send one of my sims at neighbours town and put him on work at neighbours community centre for woodworking. Will it help in any way in future, when the event opens?
    Sorry for my bad english.

  22. How do you “create a weird ornament in a neighbor’s community center”? I’ve been trying to figure it out on my own but it doesn’t seem to work. Help!!

  23. There’s supposed to be a woodworking event to collect country homestead furniture in the last update. However, I haven’t been able to start this event yet. Can you tell me if this is happending to you as well?

  24. I’m sorry to comment here because I couldn’t comment on your post about Country Homestead Event. When the event appeared, I chose “No” because my sims was still at level 4. So if I don’t choose to enter the event on the goal tab, the event will stay there until I want to enter or it will just disappear after sometime? Cause it took me like forever to level up this hobby.

  25. Hello, I’ve noticed in other post about hobbies it gives you the level of experience you get when you complete an option. Do you have this info or did I just gloss over it?

  26. The woodworking hobby is by the most annoying hobby to level up in!! My god! I just hate it. The options are too long and getting the % is too slow! 😦 😦 😦
    I can’t always do the 12h30 option so I alter with 5h … Does that matter?

      • You don’t have to but if you don’t then the collection will reset and once the event is over you will have to find them all again to win the second prize.

    • It is quite slow nowadays yes! There used to be a 10 minute option but they annoyingly removed that!
      It doesn’t matter which option you choose, the level up percentage will just increase slower if you do the shorter option.

  27. Hi! I just wanted to ask that if I don’t have a sims that is in level 6 but I have already achieved all 12 collectibles, am I still able to collect the 12 collectibles when a time limited hoppy prize event comes that needs the woodworking bench?

    • Yes, once you complete the collection you have got a sim to level 6 so all future sims that complete the hobby will be able to find any of the items even if they are only at level 1.

  28. Hey @Magic Is there a new update on this particular one? Because I have been levelling up more than what was on the table above. For instance…I did the 12 hour option and im on level 4, instead of levelling up 12%…I levelled up 36%. And not just level 4..but level 2 and 3 as well..instead of 20% and 12%..I have been levelling up 40% and 30%..its good that it makes things faster..but just curious tho. P.S I started the hobby 6 days prior to the event .Thanks in advance.

    • When you are doing a time limited hobby event the level % increases more than it normally does, the percentages in this post are only accurate when there isn’t a time limited hobby event currently available.

  29. Thank you so much for this blog!

    I am currently having a sim complete the woodworking hobby for the first time.

    I just notice that going from level 5 to 6, the 12-1/2 hour option gives you 22%
    And the 5 hour option gives 7%

    • When you are doing a time limited hobby event the level % increases more than it normally does, the percentages in this post are only accurate when there isn’t a time limited hobby event currently available.

  30. Omg thank you so much!!! Every time I make something in the community center it just comes up with the wooden doll and I always thought it would disappear after a couple of clicks like the fishing hobby, and then I just gave up on clicking my screen for so long and let it run out of the wrong window. YOU SAVED MY LIFE!

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