Kitchen Island Project #9: The Kitchen Island is DONE!!

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Blog entry by Jim posted 07-17-2009 08:45 PM 2428 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We put in a full day yesterday constructing the top and routing the edging. Then we did the finish sanding and applied several coats of Danish Oil Natural finish. The top is removable which was needed to get this beastie into the kitchen. It’s about 300 lbs of oak so took 4 of us to move it. When I applied the Danish Oil, we had a few while blotches about the size of a quarter appear. It was entirely on the oak ply panels. A light sanding and reapplication of Danish Oil on those spots resolved that problem. Must have been something on the wood. Anyway, here it is, after 6 weeks of work. We are quite happy with the results.

The drawers are self closing and the narrow centre cabinet is for storing cookie sheets and all those large, flat, awkward to store items that you struggle with storing in other places. The unit itself is 36” high which is a standard height so it works well with bar stools you can find anywhere.

Front View

The ends of the unit have a 9” overhang as part of the eating bar.

Size view

The oak braces are merely for decoration. The top is 1.5” thick and needs no support. The back overhang is 12” which makes for comfortable sitting.

Rear of the island

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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Don K.

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 09:21 PM

Wow Jim…it turned out GREAT…good job and well done, something to be proud of !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-17-2009 09:28 PM

Very impressive Jim!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 07-17-2009 10:13 PM

Your project turned out very well, very well indeed! Great Job! Just in case you decide that it does not fit your kitchen you can put it mine, no my living room ; )

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 07-20-2009 01:40 PM

That looks great. Nice job and looks at home in the house.

-- Hope Never fails

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