Kitchen Work Center

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Project by knotfree posted 09-14-2006 02:57 AM 2688 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a kitchen work center with a butcher block top that I made for my newly-wed daughter. With the exception of the oak drawer sides, it is constructed entirely from hard maple. I started with a published plan and then modified it to meet her needs by resizing it and making it mobile by adding the casters.

All of the joints are mortise and tenon, which I pinned with dowels. The legs are 3” x 3”, laminated from 8/4 stock. I chamfered the outside edge of each leg and rounded over the three remaining edges. I added the locking casters so she would be able to move it out of the way when it wasn’t in use. The top is glued up from edge grain hard maple. The unit is extremely stable, even with the locking casters, probably because the maple weighs a ton. The finish is polyurethane (except for the top).

This is my third woodworking project. I took some woodworking courses last year and have been working up to more complex projects as I go. This one, although not very stylish, presented some new challenges for me, but thats what makes it so rewarding. Now its on to my next project, a Greene and Greene table.

Thanks for looking,

-- Pete

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#1 posted 09-14-2006 03:35 AM

I like it, it appears to fit quite comfortably in her kitchen!

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#2 posted 09-22-2006 05:44 PM

Thanks Daryl. That was my goal and the reason for using hard maple. As you can see the rest of her kitchen ismdonme in maple.

-- Pete

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#3 posted 04-17-2007 03:31 PM

Well made item for you daughter. Great craftsmanship!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 04-17-2007 03:48 PM

great usable table!!! I have no doubt that she is absolutely thrilled with it !!

and now… the challenge table.. I hope we get to see some “step by step” photos.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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