Red Oak Kitchen Island

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Project by dat posted 11-02-2014 11:55 PM 2325 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project had a lot of firsts for me—first time building doors, first time building an object with panels, first time installing hinges… panels are all red oak plywood and the frame is all red oak dimensional lumber from Lowe’s.

The door panel glue-up was… tricky, and they are close to square. I bought hinges that had some adjustments on them so that helped me hide some of the “character” in the doors.

Finished with rustoleum water-based polyurethane which I had not used before. I like how low-odor it is and how quickly it dries. It worked very well on this project.

I am still shopping around for a counter-top.

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#1 posted 11-02-2014 11:58 PM

I should add that the reason there is no shelving is because I am planning to store all my homebrewing garbage in here so I needed a lot of space for giant buckets and glass carboys.

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 05:22 AM

Nice job, looks good to me!

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#3 posted 11-03-2014 08:48 AM

For a first time experience of such work you should give yourself a pat on the back. Each time you start a project you will have learned from the one before, so any issues you had I’m sure will be overcome next time around.

I would however mention ( if you don’t mind) that the stiles should form the entire lenght of the door, traditionally at least. You may also find the joint is not a robust the way you have constructed it. You will also find that in your case, the rails (horizontals) could all be cut to the same lenght, which would reduce you set up time and ensure accurate square doors.

Great project though.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#4 posted 11-03-2014 03:35 PM

I like design of your doors, never thought to make 3 panels. Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 11-03-2014 04:55 PM

@bluekingfisher That makes perfect sense (I had to google stile to understand what you meant) and that definitely would have been easier. Thanks for the feedback and advice!

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#6 posted 11-03-2014 08:56 PM

Nice island. Love the look. I plan on rebuilding my kitchen this winter so it’s nice to see what others are doing and the feedback. Maybe it will cut down on my mistakes, lol.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#7 posted 11-03-2014 10:29 PM

Looks great. Enjoy the brewing!

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#8 posted 11-03-2014 11:07 PM

It sure looks nice. Firsts are learning experiences. I’ve made the stile mistake in the past. When I first looked I wondered why there were no drawers, then I saw that it was a three panel door.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 11-05-2014 09:31 AM

That’s what it is all about, learning is part of the fun, next time it will run a lot smoother. Just don’t think you won’t makes mistakes though lol, we all do. i was once told, the skill of the craftsman his his ability to correct them.

Stay safe and enjoy.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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