Kitchen Prep Table

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Project by JoshOne posted 01-13-2011 05:03 AM 2204 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently moved to Bloomington, Indiana for grad school. Well, our house has a massive kitchen and a two car garage. Unfortunately, the kitchen doesn’t have so much prep space for cooking, and the garage has tons of space for projects, so I decided to make a counter for the kitchen. There’s a really nice and helpful lumber yard in town, so I went down and selected some nice pieces: a couple of 8-foot 4×4 cedar posts, some 8-foot 1×4 pine and two 2×4 birch plywood boards.

This took me longer than I thought it would, about 5 days total. This is pretty much my first project since high school, and it really re-introduced me to the joys of woodworking.

I did the majority of it with a single saw, a double-edged Japanese saw I got at Hardwick’s in Seattle, which is possibly the best hardware store I have ever been to. I also used a drill to screw everything together and a chisel to make the recessed mortises for the lower shelf’s support.

The table’s support is centered around the top of the posts, which use a double support system: first, they are supported by the pine 1×4 holding it all in, but they are also supported by the birch tabletop, which keeps it square.

I used some scrap wood from the pine and a jigsaw to attach a dowel to the long side of the table, to hold dish towels. I also attached a small garbage bin to one side, so we can just toss garbage as we’re chopping instead of stopping and going over to the garbage can.

More pictures here:

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 06:24 AM

Beautiful design.

Splendid execution.

Does the top “float” within the “mitered frame ?”

If not, how will the outside accommodate any seasonal expansion of the top ?

Really, really nice job !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 06:32 AM

Great work, looks nice and solid!

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

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 06:57 AM

A fine example of great craftsmanship with minimal tools. Now I have to keep my wife off LJ’s for a while so she doesn’t see it. LOL We don’t have the room!

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 07:58 AM

Looks great. Nice job.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 02:25 PM

That is a very nice job !


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#6 posted 01-13-2011 04:16 PM

nice work on the design and joinery. did you cut the joints freehand or did you use some sort of miter box setup?

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#7 posted 01-13-2011 05:25 PM

Nice table, Josh.

More importantly, great choice on grad school. I spent the best 4 years of my life in Bloomington. I wish I had chosen IU for grad school, too.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#8 posted 01-13-2011 10:40 PM

Were you originally from Seattle? It definately has a great specialty woodworking community…

-- GX

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 03:35 AM

Hey everyone, thanks for the comments!
Yes, I LOVE seattle. Would go back there in a second. Bloomington has a nice hardware store, but nothing compared to Hardwick’s.
Thanks Cory, I also like bloomington a lot.
Aaron, I used a plastic miter box which I actually didn’t like using very much.

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#10 posted 10-30-2011 04:00 AM

Considering that you used a minimal of power tools. This piece of furniture speaks volumes of what is to come from you.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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