Kitchen Island

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Finished just in time for Xmas.
Portable kitchen island with locking casters and endgrain top.
Top is 3” thick of maple, cherry and walnut. Finished with diluted varnish.
Base is milkpainted birch with the added Kapoosh knife blocks -they are really cool.


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#1 posted 12-20-2009 04:06 PM

Now thats a cutting board! Like the boards on the side of the island as well. Great job!

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

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#2 posted 12-20-2009 04:08 PM

Great island and what a top. Thanks for posting it.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#3 posted 12-20-2009 04:17 PM

I like the island and that is a monster of a top. One question I do have is with the finish. Is diluted varnish safe for a surface that may come in contact with food? I’m asking because I’m not sure of the answer.

Thanks for sharing with us Brian.

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#4 posted 12-20-2009 04:20 PM

Killer top. I’ve always been told mineral oil is best for a top that may get used with food?

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#5 posted 12-20-2009 04:26 PM

I looked, saw varnish, and panicked also….
I found this article by The Wood Whisperer,
and I think I may try this on my next end grain.

Wonderful island chopper, wish I had room for one.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#6 posted 12-20-2009 04:39 PM

When I was young and went with my Mom to the butcher I always enjoyed looking at his butcher blocks. These were, as you can imagine, unadorned huge hunks of wood sitting on mammoth legs. The surface of these were slightly irregular and the blocks were very dark from years of use.

One day while there he was dousing one of the blocks with boiling hot water. He shared with me that he was cleaning the blocks and that he would retempering or cure the block with hot parrifin wax later. The wax he said, penetrated the block preventing contamination. He’d scrape off the excess and then start using them again.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 04:42 PM

Fantastic! That is sure to be admired for years to come. I wonder if diluting the varnish would cause it to soak in enough that you can coat it with some mineral oil for an added layer of protection. I’m curious – how heavy is it?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 05:01 PM

Thanks for all the kind words.
It is indeed heavy to the point where I’ll be delivering it in 2 pieces(top and base) Will bolt on the top on site.
Another article here regarding applying varnish – Flexner on finishes

I’ve been applying the diluted varnish for quite a while now on different items like cutting boards and salad servers and it’s great.


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#9 posted 12-20-2009 05:17 PM

wow thats a cutting board
very nice island you could chop a side of beef on that thing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#10 posted 12-20-2009 06:11 PM

Killer board and island just beautiful so well done,

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 12-20-2009 07:19 PM

Oh, my! What a wonderful and amazing gift for a very fortunate cook! I’ll put my order right in!

-- annie

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#12 posted 12-20-2009 07:30 PM

Nice project, I am curious how did you do the glue up, everything looks so orderly and square, did you glue everything at once, or in pieces? I bet you put a lot of hours into this project. I like the picture looking down at the top, gives a great perspective. I bet this this kitchen island will be passed down from one generation to the next.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#13 posted 12-20-2009 08:47 PM

Wow, that’s great!

I’ve never been inspired to build a cutting board until seeing your island top now. Your deep, thick block is worth using as an excellent idea.

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#14 posted 12-20-2009 09:36 PM

Fantastic! Real sweet job on this. I love it.


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#15 posted 12-20-2009 09:45 PM

That is definitely a nice island. The top is definetly a killer. Nice job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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