|Project by Thomas||posted 08-19-2010 08:52 PM||2558 views||10 times favorited||19 comments|
It’s been awhile. A broken saw arbor, a hard to find bearing set, a really cold winter, then a bunch of maintenance stuff that got in the way of building – excuses, excuses. But I’m sitting on a backlog of stuff to post so here’s the first, a continuation of my kitchen project – the movable island.
This one was a challenge as I never made a table before and that is essentially what this this. In total there are 36 mortise and tenon joints, 240 dowel joints, 152 pocket holes, four biscuit joints (for alignment), and eight dovetail joints. The slated shelves (to help lighten the design) accounted for the bulk of the dowels and pockets. The Silestone top weighs close to 150 pounds and the KitchenAid mixer adds another 30, so this thing had to be over designed and rock solid.
It was built in a modular fashion, so I was able to test fit pieces (see last photo) before each section was finished and assembled for good.
- One of the legs was hollowed out to run a power cord from a floor outlet, it ends in a power strip under the seat extension.
- The whole thing is mobile since it is the same height as the counters, so it can be wheeled over as a return or extension
- The chair extension is great for a quick lunch or for hanging out at when someone else is cooking, and provides a little extra prep space when needed.
-- Thomas, Irvine, CA