kitchen island trim tutorial

Kitchen Island Trim For A Rustic Island Project

In this article I’m going to show you (with pictures) how to build, finish, and attach your kitchen island trim. For the sake of this post, that includes the face frame, trim work on the sides, and the base. For the trim and face frame I used white oak, stained with Minwax’s English Chestnut. The base is made from pine 2x4s, painted black, and set … Read More

How to build dovetail drawers

How To Build Dovetail Drawers The Easy Way

In this part of the Kitchen Island Tutorial, I’m going to show you (with lots of pictures) how to build dovetail drawers the easy way. I say the “easy way” because the process I use is beginner friendly. You don’t need years of experience, however you will need a table saw jig for cutting your dovetails. If you haven’t made a dovetailing jig yet, Wood … Read More

how to build cabinet shelving

How To Build Cabinet Shelves

You’re about to learn how to build cabinet shelves using plywood and a very simple process. These shelves work for any kind of cabinetry, including kitchen islands, base cabinets, hanging cabinets, etc… Plywood makes great shelves, because it’s very sturdy and stable. Plywood won’t shrink and expand like regular solid wood, making it ideal for not only the cabinet carcass itself, but the shelving within. … Read More

how to build base cabinets

How To Build Base Cabinets For A Kitchen Island

This tutorial is part of a larger project – my Kitchen Island. Below I’ll show you how to build base cabinets for an island using basic plywood you can get from any lumber store. This kitchen island is going to be counter height, which is usually 35″ to 36″. Depending on the top I go with (which as of right now has not been decided), … Read More

Kids toy shelf

Kids Toy & Book Shelf

This toy shelf / book case / seat is sized for a kid. It’s made with 3/4″ plywood, joined with dado, rabbet, and pocket hole joints. A single full sheet of plywood is plenty for this project. If you prefer to work with half sheets, you’ll need 2. Plywood edges are all covered with veneer edge banding, which you can buy from most home stores … Read More

Basic Beginner-Friendly End-Table

I’ve built 2 of these, both using dimensional pine lumber from Lowes, and basic pocket-hole joinery. You can finish however you like. I recommend staining the pine to a shade you want, then finishing with a wipe on polyurethane. >How to Stain Wood>How to Apply Wipe-on Poly Be sure to sign up at the bottom of the page to get PDF plans for projects like … Read More

How to build a coffee table

Build A Coffee Table

With this beginner coffee table project tutorial I’m going to show you how I build this simple table using pine boards you can get from any lumber store. This is a basic project that uses a couple types of joinery techniques, including pocket holes and mortise and tenon (the easy way). I made one almost identical to this a couple years ago, and after using … Read More

Wood finishes

Wood Finishes 101 – Polyurethane vs Varnish vs Lacquer vs Shellac

When it comes to woodworking projects, you have so many options and very few limitations. From the species of wood you use, to the type of milling used to create the boards, tons of joinery options, unlimited ways to personalize your project, variations of design ideas, and more. But when all that comes to an end, when all the options and all the choices you’ve … Read More

Pocket Hole Joinery

Pocket Hole Joinery – Here’s How I Do It

Pocket joinery has been around a long time, and still to this day you find woodworkers on both sides of the aisle, as far as considering it a real woodworking joinery technique. I feel like it really comes down to the individual and their own personal preference on whether or not it’s ok to use metal in woodworking (like screws, brads, fasteners, etc…) There have … Read More