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 a silverware drawer organizer

How To Build A Silverware Drawer Organizer

Are you tired of over-crowded silverware slots? Are your forks and spoons overflowing your k-mart-special plastic fork divider? Keep reading to learn how to build a silverware drawer organizer that fits tight and gives you more space. TOOLS AND MATERIALS NEEDED: Table saw Curve-cutting saw (jig saw, band saw, etc…) Sandpaper 1/4″ plywood Ideally, the plywood you use for this should be a high quality … Read More

squaring up rough cut lumber

Squaring Up Rough Cut Lumber

We’re talking about flattening, milling, straightening, ripping, truing, paralleling, etc… All of this is used interchangebly when desribing the process that can be summed up as “Squaring Up Rough Cut Lumber”. It’s everything you do before the glue ups, before the sanding, before the finishing. It’s the Prep Work that you just gotta do. And if you get this right, your completed project will thank … 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

5 Techniques for Better Accuracy In Your Wood Shop

Accuracy is a big hurdle for many aspiring woodworkers. All too often, your cuts and your joints end up out of square, unlevel, not flat, gapped, and so on… So what do you do about it? Well, for starters, don’t let it get you down! It’s not your fault. We all lack the ability to a certain extent to produce all of our cuts with … Read More

how to sharpen chisels

A Mirror’s Edge – Blade Sharpening Guide for Chisels

There are tons of opinions out there on how to sharpen a blade. I’ve got my methods, and so that is the best I can offer you here today. I’ve learned, through trial and error, a simple and systematic process for sharpening my blades, and if you haven’t got your process down yet, then this article should really help. You may think your chisels are … Read More

Miter Sled

How To Build A Miter Sled

In this project tutorial we’ll be making a miter sled, which will be dedicated to cutting 45 degree angle cuts, ideal for trim work, picture frames, wall decor, and many other projects. This is a sled for your table saw and it’s made with a 1/2″ plywood base (although that can be done in 3/4″), the miter fences are 1-1/2″ plywood (two 3/4″ pieces laminated), … Read More

When to apply a wax finish

Should You Wax That? – The Why And The How To Apply A Wax Finish

So you’ve completed a project, you’ve already looked into durable top-coat finishes, and you’ve come across the idea of waxing. From what you’ve seen, this looks like an incredibly easy, and mess-free finish. It’s cheap, it’s easy to apply, it doesn’t stink up your shop… What’s not to love? Well… I hate to crap on your cupcake, but unfortunately I must. A wax finish is … Read More

How to tune your table saw fence

How To Tune Your Table Saw Fence

Tuning your fence is an important part of woodworking. And in case you didn’t already know, tuning your fence is done by aligning the fence with your table saw’s miter slot, not the blade. Note – Aligning your table saw’s blade is another process I explain here. Below, I’m going to show you 2 ways you can tune your fence so you know that it’s … Read More

How to make table saw runners

How To Make Table Saw Runners

If you’ve spent any time in the wood shop making sleds for your table saw, you know that table saw runners are an important step to get just right. However, for many beginners, the process can be a bit of a mystery. How do you make the runner fit perfectly without any slop? How do you properly attach it to the sled? How do you … Read More