Russ Filbeck's sanded-in oil finish topped with paste wax brings out the light-refracting beauty in figured woods, such as curly maple or walnut crotch, delivering depth and luster that just can’t be achieved with a brushed or sprayed finish. Best. Finish. Ever.
WOOD's Senior Design Editor Kevin Boyle has built dozens of cabinets using the approach shown in this article. If you read and understand the process before you get into the shop, you’ll be amazed how quickly a cabinet comes together.
Save precious floor space by making this model that clamps to the edge of a bench. You still get built-in storage for bits, wrenches, and push pads, and a fully adjustable fence with dust collection and sliding faces.
Blend classic wood shelves with steel legs for an industrial, yet refined, contemporary look. You’ll need no fancy metalworking tools or special skills to create the legs, just a drill, hacksaw, and a bit of elbow grease.