Kitchen Island of yellow pine with a bowling lane top

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Project by firefighterontheside posted 02-23-2016 03:25 AM 1865 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that has been 3 years in the making. I bought the yellow pine 3 years ago and cut it to rough dimensions and I painted the plywood panels. Then I shelved it all until recently when I decided it was time to finish it. My original island was just a plain white base cabinet. I made the bowling alley top 15 years ago when I built the house. I wanted an island that looked more like furniture so this is what i came up with. It is 46” long and 28” deep with an overhang on the back and one end for bar chairs. The drawers are 24” deep with full extension slides. My wife wanted to keep the original drawer fronts and doors. Since we are always charging iPads and phones and other devices on the island i put in two outlets, one of which has usb ports. This was a fun project. I know I’m in the minority, but I like yellow pine. Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 02-23-2016 03:30 AM

That’s a great looking job you did. You should be proud.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 02-23-2016 03:33 AM

Looks good from here!

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#3 posted 02-23-2016 03:40 AM

Nicely done.
I’ll bet your better half really likes it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-23-2016 04:08 AM

That is really beautiful. According to Christopher Schwarz, Southern Yellow Pine is a top choice for a work bench, so it should serve you well doing comparatively light duty as a kitchen island.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 02-23-2016 04:09 AM

Great job, Bill! 3 years? Sounds about like the speed of Randy!
Thanks for sharing.
PS. I like pine, too.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 02-23-2016 04:21 AM

Great job. Years of enjoyment to come.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 02-23-2016 05:52 AM

Looks good Bill, Have always liked pine myself. Like the bowling alley top also. My old shop had 32ft of maple bowling alley for a bench top.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#8 posted 02-23-2016 06:27 AM

Turned out nice Bill.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 02-23-2016 07:11 AM

that pine looks awesome , great build and finish on this Bill , i love those chairs too , its multitasking island as should be , most spend more time there that anywhere else around the kitchen , except the shop :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 02-23-2016 10:30 AM

Great job. It fits nicely into the kitchen, it’s practical but also looks great! Love the USB and outlets.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#11 posted 02-23-2016 11:42 AM

Well done Bill, and only 3 years in the making! Nice addition to the kitchen….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 02-23-2016 12:20 PM

Good job Bill…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#13 posted 02-23-2016 01:15 PM

Thanks all. That’s a rare sighting of the island top. Usually it’s covered in stuff.

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

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#14 posted 02-23-2016 01:53 PM

Lets see Bill… from looking at the cabinet doors, the dishwasher, and the fridge, I’m going to guess that you have at LEAST 3 grandchildren! I only have one and my fridge has more than that on it :-)

Nice job on the island. I like the pine also !

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#15 posted 02-23-2016 01:58 PM

Looks good Mr. Bill, Mrs. Bill must be very happy.

Matches the house motif very well.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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