Kitchenette counter with butcher block top

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Project by fatman51 posted 11-17-2015 08:29 AM 1003 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a standard type cabinet of compact design. The dimensions of the top are 72 inches by 19 and 3/4 inches.
The carcass is 60 inches by 17 inches. I used baltic birch for the shelves, back, and toe kick, knotty alder laminated MDF for the ends and doors. the doors are banded top and bottom with walnut. The face frame is walnut. I made the top out of a piece of maple butcher block from the Woodcraft store. I Ripped the 27 inch top to width, cut the ends to size from the drop and secured them with glue and 1/2 inch dowels. It is finished with teak oil. The sink drain pipe runs straight down to the crawl space where I put the trap and vent to preserve room inside the cabinet. I do not care to stagger hinges on new cabinets but the HD inspired my customer to use different hinges than planned after the face frame was done and doors were built. Other than that, this was a fun build and, other than crawling around in a very cramped crawl space to solder copper pipes, this was a fun remodel job. With a little innovation. I was able to add a kitchenette, much improving the comfort level of this 16×20 one room, with 3/4 bath, mother- in-law house.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#1 posted 11-17-2015 09:03 AM

And, you had it done in time for dinner, I imagine. John, if you could bottle just a little bit of your talent and send it to me, I may give up drinking anything else. Or, at least, add it to my Scotch.
Oh, to be useful, in a lucrative fashion.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 11-17-2015 03:39 PM

Nice build for a tight spot. well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-17-2015 09:00 PM

Thanks Ken. Anytime I can lend my talent towards making affordable housing comfortable I feel like my efforts are worthwhile. Thank you Mark, and I worked on the overall project for 8 days. I will write up a blog about it. “if you could bottle just a little bit of your talent and send it to me” Mark, while talent can’t be bottled it is probably just a byproduct of experience anyway which is to say that our talents should improve with each project that we do. My talents are geared towards the production or reproduction of ordinary things, like cabinets and furniture. My talents are not geared towards the design of artistic patterns that show up in a lot of fine woodwork in the form of ornate turnings, carvings, millwork, scrollwork, inlay patterns, or fine imaginative finishes, such as your blue ice or the finish on the wall cabinet that is partially pictured in the images above. That cabinet was custom built by Mr. Customer in the late 1980s to hold a matching collection of Fiesta Ware and was very nicely done. Along with improving my competence in my trade, I am always looking to improve my talents in these other areas. I think that we are all aspiring to be good or better woodworkers and every good woodworker must aspire to become a good artist.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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