Kitchen unit project

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I’m making a unit for our kitchen for some extra storage. I’m using spruce for most of the structure which will be painted. It’ll then have an Elm worktop and oak slats for the shelves. All to be revealed soon.

For now, who could have predicted that turning these…

Into these…

Would be such a carpet unfriendly activity!?

Top side is planed and edges matched. I’m going to glue it up then tidy up the bottom (a bit) in one go. Looking forward to being able to use the planer in the space in the future!


What you need is a natural fibre carpet. It doesn’t have a pile, it’s woven together so there is nowhere for dust to get trapped. The dust simply lies upon the surface. I have it in my living room where I do my woodwork and since I installed it I have noticed a significant drop in the amount of dust being deposited elsewhere in the flat. Of course you could get vinyl. Do you live in a boat?

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I never closed the loop here so here goes.

I built up a frame from spruce from the builders merchant. The idea was that it would fit a wine fridge we’d bought off ebay, have a couple of open shelves and a drawer for stuff.

For the most part I used loose tenons (dominos), cutting the mortices using a router and a homemade jig. For a second I considered hand cutting all of the mortice and tenons but after doing one or two I quickly bailed on the remaining hundred or so.

The router plus jig worked really well. Here are all the oak shelf slats complete with mortices. The hardest part was hand sawing and then shooting them all to the same length.

The drawer was a good excuse for some dovetails. I made the drawer front and sides out of oak. I believe the back was some leftover poplar I had and I did a ply drawer bottom. The front was painted so this could seem a bit wasteful, but I love that when you look inside you get a nice surprise.

And here it is in situ (before I got a drawer handle for it).

It has massively improved the utility of our kitchen giving us extra working surface and storage. 18 months on it’s holding up very well minus a couple of paint chips which I’ll sort at some point.


Nice one! Looks great!

Nice work!