|Project by mtalley||posted 07-25-2014 01:59 PM||1203 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
My Wife has wanted a chopping block island for years. Our kitchen in Seattle just didn’t have the room for one, but the kitchen in France was PLENTY big enough. I looked into taking some 5/4 maple and gluing it up for her, but without a table saw and a power planer (except for a Lathe – I have ZERO power tools here) it would have been really difficult. We found a couple that were already built, but they were between 400 and 900 Euros. No.Thank.You. After some deliberation, I decided on an IKEA island. Stop Laughing and put down the stones…
I couldn’t leave it stock, that is just not how I operate. Added a few flourishes to make it “better” and the reason that a flatpak piece is included here on LJ.
1. Turned the legs on the lathe to give it bun feet
2. Glued it all together and added some extra dowels for reinforcement
3. Removed the steel rods on the original and plugged the holes with dowels
4. Painted the base with a Sea Green Milk Paint
5. Added an additional block section to the bottom of the top panel – to make it super-solid
6. Cut a 6″ hole in the top for sweeping scraps off the work surface
7. Put a large plastic bin – removable from both sides – under scrap hole
8. Bolted rolling pin to one side to towels and placed 2 brass hooks on the other side
9. Scrapped the cheap looking wood lattice bottom panel and used 7/8″ tongue & groove clear-ish pine decking boards instead.
10. Polyurethaned the top – 5 coats – and bottom shelf so they match and make the painted base “pop”
11. Took a hunk of cherry tree trunk and turned it down as a conical plug/lid for the scrap hole.
Wife very happy and installed just in time for my chef Father-in-Law to visit and whip up a few fine meals using it as a work platform
-- Matt at: www.drivenoutside.com/blog