Kitchen Island On Casters

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Project by Tom Landon posted 01-29-2009 03:27 AM 10871 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for a repeat customer who became a dear friend of the family.

She wanted an additional work area in her kitchen but more importantly she wanted to be able to use it as buffet for entertaining as well. Other criteria included make it white but not plain; it had to have “class”; the top had to be durable but not plactic laminate; and she wanted to be able to move it without needing help (she was in her early 80’s).

The photos pretty much tell everything but here are a few items not illustrated: the drawers have under mount self closing slides that open from only one side, the shelves are accessible with double doors on both sides of the island, the shelves are adjustable, and the whole cabinet is mounted in three inch ball bearing casters. I brought the apron to within one quarter inch of the floor to hide the casters and make it appear stationary. Granite was used for the top to add weight so it could be used without rolling out from under her as she used it.

I’m partial to raised panels and fluting so I had to include those features. The carved maple corbels were probably not necessary to support the top but I thought they would add that “touch of class” she was wanting.

Constructed of birch veneer plywood for the box, poplar for raised panels, framework, and trim. Coated with sprayed with vinyl sealer, surfacer, vinyl sealer and top coated with a water white acrylic (non-yellowing lacquer).

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.

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#1 posted 01-29-2009 04:54 AM

Great work on the island. I’m sure she is very happy with the results. Well done!

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#2 posted 01-29-2009 05:04 AM

Wow! I really like it. Great job!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 01-29-2009 05:38 AM

Nice island!

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#4 posted 01-29-2009 04:02 PM

Great looking work. The only problem is that it makes the rest of the kitchen look shabby by comparison.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-30-2009 07:11 PM

I’m with Charlie. Now she needs to get a whole new kitchen to match your cabinet! :)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#6 posted 01-30-2009 09:17 PM

Charlie and Greg, you’re both right but I don’t thing you should ever lower your standards just so your work doesn’t overpower that which is already in place. :-)

Seriously though, it has often been the case that one job will lead to another primarily because of the contrast between the new and the old.

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.

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#7 posted 01-30-2009 09:17 PM

good looking island. Great use of space

-- making sawdust....

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