Hickory Kitchen Island

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Project by Don posted 01-09-2010 09:26 PM 7540 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my earliest projects that I built a few years ago when I set up my own shop. It’s even heavier than it looks. The cabinet is finished with Minwax natural oil with a top coat of water based polyurethane sprayed on. The top is finished with a food safe gel finish called “Good Stuff”. After a few years the top is turning a bit orange and the cabinet is getting a bit milky making it difficult to get a good picture. I’ll probobly be sanding this down and refinishing it sometime in the future to get the colors even. I think I’ll stick with Shellac all the way around next time.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 01:00 AM

very nice!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 06:25 AM

Awesome – looks solid as a rock!
I’ve never worked with Hickory, is it difficult to machine and work with?

Need some tips;
I am going to lay a solid T&G Hickory floor in my computer room this Winter.
Also, going to lay a border of Walnut around the outside perimeter for contrast.
Then base trim and window/door casing all out of Walnut.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 07:20 AM

Thanks for the compliments.

Jeff, Hickory is very hard and heavy, more so than maple. I highly recommend a good drum sander if your going to work with it. It has a strong tendancy to blow out when run through a planer. Good sharp carbide router bits cut it pretty well but use multiple passes for deep cuts. Also use slower speeds to avoid burning it. It holds glues really well and is pretty stable so assembly is easy but don’t use screws, they just break. It also finishes really nice except that sanding takes a lot more elbow grease than most domestic woods. Please post some photos of your floor when it’s done, I’m sure it’s going to be gorgeous.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 07:57 AM

Very nice work. I love the hickory look.

-- Duane, Ohio

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 09:43 PM

I love the way hickory looks aged by the finish. It’s so tough too. Hickory is my favorite wood to work with for sure.

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 07:33 PM

Looks great..I love hickory

-- bill

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#7 posted 09-20-2010 06:40 PM

What a great piece… I will be making one soon for my wife this coming winter…. Thanks for posting the pics, great inspiration!

Looks like we are close by each other… I am over in Seattle myself.

-- GX

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#8 posted 09-21-2010 04:40 PM

Thanks Gabriel!

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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