Kitchen Island

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Project by Daniel Wise posted 05-16-2010 06:44 AM 2176 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this island for my parents from a modified plan from Fine Woodworking. I basically made the legs beefier and added doors instead of drawers for the center cabinet. It’s all oak with walnut inlay and pulls. There were a lot of firsts for me on this one including the inlay and the dovetailed drawers. It was a fairly smooth build with the exception of the base that the small cabinet sets on. I originally used oak plywood (the cheap China made plywood). After I had finished flushing the 1/4” strips of oak around the edges with the hand plane and card scraper I ran my hand over the plywood and felt a lump. I tapped it with my finger and the veneer caved in. There was a void about the size of a silver dollar in the layer just under the oak veneer. I wasn’t a happy camper but the second go around turned out a little better than the first. Lesson learned I suppose. The glass in the doors is called cracked ice I believe. It’s finished with Arm r Seal. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 07:21 AM

Nice job on the cabinet. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 08:34 AM

Very nice work!

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

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 08:43 AM

That’s very attractive! You did a great job. I hope your folks like it. It’s a nice addition to the kitchen.


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#4 posted 05-16-2010 03:58 PM

very nice.

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#5 posted 05-16-2010 04:45 PM

Great looking island! The inlay and cracked glass reall make it pop!

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

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#6 posted 05-16-2010 05:44 PM

Good modification of design and fine results.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 05-16-2010 06:29 PM

Great work, the inlay makes it a step above.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#8 posted 05-16-2010 06:51 PM

Very nicely done Daniel and great looking too. The door option looks right.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-17-2010 03:15 AM

Beautiful Island. Nice design and creation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 05-17-2010 10:35 PM

Nice island. Any pictures from the other side.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 05-17-2010 11:14 PM

I like it very much. What issue would this happen to be from?

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Daniel Wise

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#12 posted 05-18-2010 05:20 AM

Sorry Rex, I didn’t take any of the back…it’s actually pretty plain looking in the back. Just the back of the cabinet. I guess I should have set the drawers up to go both ways (mirrored the front) but I didn’t. I’m not much for the foresight I guess:)

Cirvin, It was actually an excerpt from a book on the Fine Woodworking sight. It’s a down-loadable pdf from the book “Home Storage Projects” by Paul Anthony.

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#13 posted 05-19-2010 01:03 AM

Great Job. Looks very good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 06-20-2010 05:27 PM

I started back through your previous projects and this one grabbed me. This is nice! Your parents are lucky individuals. Keep up the good work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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