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Blog entry by NedB posted 1774 days ago 4159 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Buddy of mine gave me a chunk of bowling alley earlier this year. I was going to make Something out of it, and my wife asked if I would make a rolling kitchen island to replace our kitchen table.

It needed a little cleanup on the ends, and I lucked out, only barely nicking this nail with a router bit.

The plan is for it to be counter height:


I decided to do a decorative treatment on the ends of the rails, somewhat ‘greene and greene’ influenced, but just out of pine, so not nearly as ornate as their work.

I’m going to have to wait a bit to get the locking casters for budget reasons… so I designed removable feet.

I rounded over all edges of the pine legs with a 1/4” RO bit, and also put a 3/8” roundover on the top.

I’m using a wipe on poly/BLO/Tung oil mixture from Rockler, the Sam Maloof forumula.
It imparts a very amber tone, but the grain pops incredibly at the same time.

I need to pick up some 0000 steel wool and rub down the finish (plus sand off some pencil marks on one leg, then apply a couple more coats of poly on it before putting it into use in the kitchen.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com



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patron

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#1 posted 1774 days ago

looks great , ned .

i bet the wife loves it ,
if not you can use it in the shop ,
as ” workbench jr. ” !

-- 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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woodisit

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#2 posted 1773 days ago

Top looks great, I think I would question the finish is food safe?

-- Woodisit

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NedB

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#3 posted 1773 days ago

David, Yeah, that’s my ‘new lathe stand’... Um, No. LOML helped me flip it over after I attatched the legs and she has claimed it as her own.

Wood, I’m in the ‘all finishes are food safe’ camp. So yes it will be food safe. However while that top may Look like one massive cutting board, we already have a couple of end grain boards, so that’s just a Hefty countertop, knives should merely rest on it, not cut into it.
I’m planning on at least two or three more coats of finish on it before I move it into the house, plus I have a few more things to make for it. There will be maple slats screwed down onto the rails on the bottom, and a cubby or two for baking trays, and the largest cutting board needs a new home as well.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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Derrek LeRouax

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#4 posted 1773 days ago

Ned,

Looks like a great design. I would have never thought an old bowling alley lane could end up in a kitchen and look good doing it. Great Job.

-- Derrek L.

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 1773 days ago

Very nice, NedB:

It’s going to be a great table when you get all the bells and whistles on it like you want.
I see by the Masonic emblem that you’re a traveling man. Myself,also. I’ve visted the East about 3 times, but want to go again. Maybe soon. Best reguards, Rick. A.F.A.A.M.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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NedB

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#6 posted 1773 days ago

Derrek, Just a matter of nescessity and materials on hand. Bro Rick, Thanks, I hope to have it all completed by this weekend. I’ve got a major shop cleaning ahead of me and getting this out the door and in the house is a big step in the right direction.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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NedB

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#7 posted 1608 days ago

Update. winter caught me, but the table is now a solid fixture in the kitchen. My wife and kids still show it off whenever they have guests.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 730 days ago

Beautiful kitchen island!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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