Watch my video of this project to get an idea of the basic steps involved in making this project. Click the “Open In EASEL” to make a copy of this design and customize it to fit your needs.
I painted the front surface with gray spray paint to make the carving pop. This is a good time to get creative by changing up the graphics and text, or using a different color that matches your kitchen. Below are some fun suggestions. Mount the front board on the X-Carve and carve the design on the fourth workspace tab.
“Stay Out of My Kitchen!”
“My Kitchen, My Rules”
“What’s for Dinner?”
“Smith’s Bar & Grill”
“Kiss the Cook!”
Sand all of the pieces smooth. I used a router with an 1/8" round-over bit to round over some of the edges. Glue the front, back, and side pieces together making sure to keep them square and sitting flat on the workbench. When dry, glue on the base keeping it centered. The base should extend out 1/4" on all sides to create a reveal. I did not glue the divider pieces together to allow some flexibility with changing the number and size of the compartments.
Apply your choice of finish or paint. This is another opportunity for some creativity. Since this project will be on a kitchen countertop, there is a possibility of it getting wet, so consider using a water resistant finish. I used Deft Clear Wood Finish Satin Spray Lacquer.