|Project by Brianthesawdustmaker||posted 06-23-2014 01:03 AM||1681 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
I have been working for the past several months on a kitchen island. We have a limited amount of kitchen countertop space so this project will really help with that problem. Motivated by some of the elaborate cutting boards I’ve seen on this site, I wanted to make the top something ‘interesting’ and also utilize a couple of species of wood in doing so. I drew up the pattern and chose walnut and hard maple as good contrasting woods which are cutting board friendly. After pieceing together the top, I have a lot of respect for all you cutting board makers. To get it flat and everything fitting snugly takes quite a bit of work. I did quite a bit of sanding to smooth out the imperfections. Time to get a planer, I guess.
The base is red oak. The drawers are solid wood with machined dovetail joints (PorterCable dovetail jig). I have always used wood guides for the drawers in my projects. On this project, those guides also serve as support for the cutting board hidden underneath the top. This board can be pulled out either side and goes the full length of the project. The base was put together with Kreg’s pocket screws and the back/sides are 1/4” oak plywood. Doors are solid wood.
I finished the cabinet portion of the project using Minwax stain-a 50:50 mixture of 210b and 211 (Golden Oak and Provincial). I have used this on other furniture and really like the darker hue versus Golden Oak by itself. Oil based polyurethane (2 coats and 3 in a couple places) brushed on. Putting on poly is always time consuming, but I did get it all done to my own satisfaction. The top and cutting board were both finished with mineral oil. The castors are screwed directly into the legs.
Thanks for looking!
-- Brian, Omaha, NE... So many projects, so little time!