How to make a kitchen cabinet out of plywood

In our last Video on UpcyleTv, Stuart showed us how easy it was build a kitchen cabinet out some simple plywood, which is very handy if your on a budget as the plywood and if you already own all the nessersay tools then it would only cost you about 20 pounds per sheet! – The plans for the Kitchen Cabinet are at the bottem of the blog

Check out the Video On YouTube HERE


  Measure your wood! 😂

measuring wood

The process of making a Kitchen cabinet is really fun as it’s quite simple to do. once its done you get a lovely set of cabinets that you made yourself! Now before you start this epic quest to make your dreams come true, you do need the right kit. The tools that you will need are a Plunge saw and a track guide for it to sit on. This will get you some perfect straight cuts. It makes the job really easy.

Don’t worry if you don’t want to spend a bomb on tools that you might only use a couple times, there  are lower cost alternatives that you can look into. But the only other thing you will need is some plywood, a tape measure and a pencil. Simple stuff, so let’s get cracking!

STOP………..Cuttting time!

Cutting wood

before you start it ‘s Important to get the right measurements on your wood so make sure you get it right before cutting. when using a track guild and plunge saw, make sure the depth is set right.  If its deep too then you will cut rigth through onto your work bench.

Stuart is now marking up all the parts of the wood in which he wishes to cut to size.

As Stuart goes along on the track guid with his trusty plunge saw, OH NO DISASTER HAS STRUCK! Stuart has forgotten to plugin the vacuum, but don’t worry as its not a huge mess up and luckily he noticed it straight away, so no mess went everywhere!

After that little accident though, its smooth sailing and he gets the job done just fine.

The cut is made and Stuart is left with a nice pannel that fits his plans. Now lets make some more!

Once he has all his pannels cut to size, he can then start by clamping the wood together to prepare it for the pilot holes in the wood. (The pilot holes are where the screws will go, and are essential if you dont want problems later on then always drill some pilot holes!)

Wow look at that, Stuart has now fully assembeled his kitchen unit, and all he has to do is screw it all together and add the feet!

With the Unit nearly complete and the Pilot holes ready to fill with screws, Stuart starts by getting a better angle on the unit by laying it on its side, this way he can drill the screws in without messing it up.


Tea break

Stuart is procrastinating on his tea break again. COME ON STUART, finish the Unit!

oh no, he has knocked over his drill while explaining the meaning of life, I guess we will never know…

The Unit looks great,  esspecially for 20 quid a sheet, thats just a bargin! Good Job Stuart!

If you like the thought of making your own kitchn cabinet, but maybe you are not quite ready to make something from scratch, then maybe watch  couple of videos on Upcycle Tv  for loads of ‘upcycle’ ideas.

The Plans!

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Its Done and ready to fit!


The Video

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How to make a reclaimed wood feature wall
How to make a reclaimed wood feature wall

How to make a reclaimed wood feature wall

It is now September 2020, I’m trying to ignore the madness that is happening in the world and focus my energy on my projects, I am currently building a new workshop for Upcycle TV and I wanted a super cool backdrop for the channel.
I decided to make a reclaimed wood feature wall.
We had loads of scrap wood from all the renovation work that has been undertaken at the property, some of the timber is excess from the new building work but most of it is what was taken out from the previous occupier which was a Chinese takeaway.

How to make a reclaimed wood feature wall – Step by Step

1. I used CLS timber which fixed to wall by drill and screws – How to fix timber to a wall
2. These timber uprights were placed 600mm apart
3. The existing concrete was very unlevel so I used a long length of CLS to set the level at the bottom of the feature wall
4. Some of the wood used was from old pallets so we began splitting the boards
5. The next stage was to sort out all the timber into heights, I wanted each run of wood to be the same height
6. Start fixing the wood to the wall, ensuring that the wood overlays the wood fixed to the wall in a minimum of two points to ensure stability
7. Try to allow a careful balance of the distribution of the various coloured woods, for example; some of the wood was painted blue so this needed to be evenly placed across the wall
8. Working from the ground up all the way to the top of the wall

Video of How to Make a Wood Feature Wall
By Stuart Miles, Upcycle TV

This wall is going to be used for both the backdrop to my upcycle videos but also for professional business videos for so the setting has to be absolutely spot on, I cannot accept anything but top quality finish. There may be a TV that is used to display a logo or other information whilst filming so this also needs to be taken into account.

Pallet Wall Before
Pallet Wall Before
Pallet Wall After
Pallet Wall After

14th December 2020 – Update

The end wall with the window that you can see in picture two is now covered with OSB and I’m probably going to paint it white.

The next job on my list is to build a super awesome working bench and once complete, I can start making some really great YouTube videos for Upcycle TV, I’m really keen to get going now, it’s been a long time in waiting to get this workshop fully functional.

Most likely I will be putting a few tools on display on the OSB wall, this will double as much needed tool storage but will also look good when making Upcyle videos, however, if I am using the space for a studio for the business development videos, I can hide the tools from the shot. 3-4-The price of one 🙂

I will come back and finish this blog at a later date, hopefully, early January 2021 and I’ll be showing off the new workbench, if possible I will make a video of the design and construction of that.

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Top Ten Power Tools For Upcyclers

Having been painting furniture, upcycling and undertaking many building and rennovation projects for my entire adult life, ive had the pleasure to use a lot powee tools.
I have built a list of the ten best and most useful power tools when upcycling furniture.

1. Makita Jigsaw

I love Makita tools, the jigsaw is absolute quality and I would never swap it out. I prefer to use a corded version as in my opinion, you lose torque on the cordless ones and the batteries don’t last long. The quick-release blade change is an absolute must, if you don’t buy this model, make sure the one you get has that feature. My first choice for Top Ten Power Tools For Upcyclers.

800-2800 strokes per minute
Maximum cut in wood 135 mm; steel 10 mm
Stroke length 26 mm
Built in job light
Variable electronic speed control
Quick release tool-less blade change

2. Ryobi Impact Driver

For a cost-effective impact driver, the Ryobi is ideal, I have had mine for over 7 years and it is still going strong. Top marks for value for money.
Brushless motor is electronically-controlled to optimize efficiency for up to 40% more run time per charge
Brushless motor runs cooler and last up to 10 times longer than brushed drills
Ryobi offers battery powered or electric tools, excluding accessories and components subject to natural and normal wear and tear
Four pre-set speed and power levels unlocking new applications; 270 Nm of torque for fast screw driving and drilling
Deck drive soft start and AUTO speed reduction for ultimate control
Sound power level [decibel [A]] : 109.5, Sound power level uncertainty [decibel [A]], 3.0, Sound pressure level (decibel (A)) : 98.5, Sound pressure level uncertainty [decibel [A]] : 3.0

3. Makita Circular Saw

A very robust and effective circular saw for those bigger jobs like cutting boards. This saw is able to produce a pretty decent sharp cut but I have to say, having purchased a Festool plunge saw, I very rarely use this tool now, it is good for the “rougher” jobs and I put this in place of the plunge saw because I felt it was more relevant to an upcycled and also, a lot less harsh on the wallet.

4. Ryobi Combi Drill

If you are going for an impact driver by Ryobi then you should also consider the combi drill to go with it, both are great at what they do and you are covering all bases, the added advantage of going for the ONE+ models is that you can interchange and share the chargers and batteries, it really is a great and cost efficient choice.

5. Makita Orbital Sander

You can see why I love this Orbit sander by watching me using it to strip a chest of drawers in this video. A real must in this list of Top Ten Power Tools For Upcyclers

6. Festool Vacuum

If you are doing a lot of sanding then I seriously suggest that you consider buying a decent vacuum for your workshop. The Festool one is absolutely outstanding, it is incredible how effective it is at extracting the dust before you even know there is any, it really makes working a pleasure. There is a downside to this model and that is that it is a very large unit, good because you don’t have to empty it every ten minutes, however, it does take up a lot of space!
On-site extraction for electric Power Tools for minor or brief sanding, routing, sawing and drilling work
Ideal for mobile use in service and installation work and for final cleaning
Suitable for both wet and dry extraction
Achieve ideal results more quickly

7. Greco Paint Sprayer

This is a difficult call, I have not yet found a perfect system for spraying, I prefer to use a roller, I feel it in many situations, it is actually quicker with a roller because you don’t have as much prep or mess. It really depends on the job in hand but those of you are building a lot of commission work should really consider looking at this model if you decide to buy a sprayer. I would only recommend this model if you have a workshop, it isn’t really something you want to be taking onto site. Please note that this model I have linked is 110v so you will need to buy a transformer for it to work here in the UK, not a difficult task but just wanted to ensure you are fully aware of that. If you read the exceptional ratings that this paint sprayer has to recognise that it is one of the best of the market.
CONTROL PAINT FLOW: Fully adjustable pressure to give you ultimate control of paint flow for any project size; RAC IV Switch Tip allows you to reverse the tip when clogged to keep you spraying
SPRAY PAINT UNTHINNED: Stainless Steel Piston Pump allows you to spray paint unthinned at high pressure. Compatible Tip Size (inch)- 0.009, 0.011, 0.013, 0.015
SPRAY DIRECTLY FROM PAINT BUCKET: Flexible suction tube allows you to spray directly from a 1 or 5 gallon paint bucket
RECOMMENDED USE: Annual use recommendation is up to 50 gallons per year
EASY TO STORE: Extra storage compartments provide space to store the spray gun, extra spray tips, and power cord
FAST AND EASY CLEAN-UP: PowerFlush Adapter connects to a garden hose for fast and easy cleaning
IDEAL FOR HARD TO REACH AREAS: Can support up to 50 ft. of paint hose to reach peaks or second stories without diminishing performance
VOLTAGE: 110 volts; ETL Certified, ETL File #3174859MIN-001

8.Makita Chop saw

I can highly recommend this chop saw as I’ve had mine over ten years now, it is a solid piece of kit, ideal for those simple mitre tasks or just the speed it adds to a job when you have a lot of straight cuts to make. It is light enough to carry around if needed but still robust enough for some heavier duty cutting, a really good all-rounder.
Pivoting fence provides efficient stock support
Built-in dust collection system
Electric brake
Double insulated. Miter cuts 0° – 45° left and 0° – 52° right; 9 positive stops for the most common miter cuts
Shaft lock for easy blade changes
Performs compound cutting operations
Makita Chopsaw for Upcyclers

9.Galax Pro Multitool

A multitool can be very useful in an upcyclers workshop but I have gone for a lower-cost model for this tool as I feel that if you have to make some savings then you can with a multitool, it isn’t a precision tool, I also like the kit that comes with this one.
POWERFUL & DURABLE:The powerful 260W motor provides 22000 oscillations per minute depending on the needs of the task at hand and making cutting, sawing, trimming, grinding and sanding easy and saving you time
VARIABLE SPEED CONTROL: The speed settings are located on the behind the motor housing.It features 6 settings allowing you to increase or decrease speed from 15000 to 22000 OPM, suitable for removing tile, cutting floor, cutting mental, cutting plastic, plunge cutting, sanding wood, scraping etc
FAST BLADE INSTALLATION: The quick release lever allows for tool-free blade replacement, saving valuable time and effort on the job, keeping your accessories securely in place
COMPACT ALUMINUM HEAD: Built a robust aluminum head, the head of the Oscillating Multi-Tool will get you into a tight hard-to-reach places so you can deal with your tasks with no hurdles on the way
WHAT YOU GET: GALAX PRO GP86225-1 Corded Oscillating Saw, 40pcs Accessories and Carry Bag, 1* User Manual, 1* Warranty Card; 24 Months Warranty

10.Bosch Cordless Tacker

A very useful little tacker for upholstery tasks, I felt it was important to consider those that upholstery in this Top Ten Power Tools For Upcyclers
Full control of the stroke release with the enhanced two stage Push and Release System
Soft grip for improved grip and control of the Bosch PTK 3.6 LI
Tack up to 400 staples with the powerful lithium-ion battery
Easy replenishment of staples strips – no more overfilling of the magazine
Battery status indicatorm, suitable for 8 mm and 10 mm staples (not compatible with larger staples)

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