My first wooden projects: kitchen upgrades

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Project by Adam D posted 04-27-2012 10:43 PM 3115 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve only been woodworking for about a year and a half, but looking back, I’ve accomplished quite a bit! Rather than posting each of these simple little projects in their own page, I put them all together as one “kitchen upgrade” package. All were made out of red oak, and I did my damnedest to try to match the finish to the existing cabinets that were there when I moved in. I ended up using pore-filler to help keep the grain from jumping out too much.

The first I did was just ridiculously simple shelving. I used my kreg-jig to make pocket holes to anchor them into the wall and the neighboring cabinet.

The second was just a very simple wine-rack—a single board with slightly-angled holes. Apparently our enjoyment over the past few weeks led to a poorly stocked photo ;-)

Third was a small bucket to hold our spatulas and other too-big-for-a-drawer utensils.

Finally, my favorite, a cookbook shelf. I wanted to try tusk-tenon joinery, and they came out great. Way too complicated for what it needed to be, but I had fun anyway.

I’d love to hear what you have to say!

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 07:39 AM

great project
we all start somewhere
and helping the wife
is a good place to do that
and learn as you go

sweet wine rack

i see you are working your own style
which is a good thing

keep it up

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 12:08 PM


You’ve put together some nice original designs in your “Kitchen Upgrades”.

Your “Wine Rack”, even though depleated ;-), is very unique, I like it.

Work Safe and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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