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Roll Around Kitchen Island-IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Project by lew posted 1239 days ago 4606 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here is the latest addition to the tiny castle we call home. Those of you who have seen our kitchen know that available counter space is limited to about 1 ½ square feet. Just about enough space to roll out a 9” pizza. Cabinet storage space is also equally limited- of course it doesn’t help that I am a gadget junky and addicted to the Food Channel “Oh, Look! That would really be neat to have!!!”

Been kicking this idea around for about a year now. The island rolls on swivel casters-from Rockler – the 2 at the rear are lockable. The carcass is made from materials left over from my brother-in-law’s church collection repository- Oak plywood, Birch plywood and solid Oak. Mimi designed the butcher block top to stay with the Maple/Walnut motif of the other stuff she has. The trays are on full extension slides from CS Hardware. The door hardware is from Rockler and matches the hardware we just replaced on all of the kitchen cupboards (because it didn’t match the new refrigerator- who new this was a requirement). The outlet strip on the back has an extra long cord so Mimi can roll the island to where it is convenient and still have use of any appliance she wants to set on it.

Everything went pretty good until I sanded the top and exposed a discoloration in one of the maple strips. At that point it was too late to do anything about it so we are celebrating its’ uniqueness. Also, fitting the doors really gave me a problem. Test fits went perfectly but after screwing down the hinges, the fit was too tight- back to the jointer! I think I know how to avoid this in the future. Buy the hinges first- which I did. Make the face frame- which I did. Actually install the hinges on the face frame before you make the doors and then measure between the hinges to get the door size (width) – which I did not do. Of course a frameless carcass and Euro hinges would probably eliminate all of these obstacles. But, hey, I never do anything the easy way, unfortunately.

On a final note, when you want to take a picture of him- he runs the other way.

Thanks for looking!

Lew

Edit- Sorry about the Red Oak but I like it.

Another Edit- IT WORKS!!! PIZZA TONIGHT-YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.





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Mike Gager

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#1 posted 1239 days ago

nice basset!

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lew

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#2 posted 1239 days ago

You want him, he’s yours ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Karson

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#3 posted 1239 days ago

Quigley is looking fine. Trying to give him away. Do you deliver.

A great cabinet Lew. I gue3ss I didn’t check out your kitchen when I was there. Must have headed directly to the shop.

By the way. European hinges give you lots of choices, and lots of ways to screw them up also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 1239 days ago

Nice looking island, Lew.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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mmh

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#5 posted 1239 days ago

Nice roving kitchen island. I especially like the fancy cutting board top and the multi-plugged power strip. One can never have enough counter, cupboard space or power outlets in a kitchen.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Mike Gager

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#6 posted 1239 days ago

lol i already have one the wife wont let me give away!

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fernandoindia

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#7 posted 1238 days ago

Good job Lew.

Measures are 24” x 30” ?, or thinner

Hope my wife don´t see this island. I don´t get along well with hinges.

-- Back home. Fernando

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 1238 days ago

Pretty slick, and good looking too. That is a great idea, Lew. It’s kinda funny, I am doing about the same thing with my project table. It is very heavy, 4’x2’, has wheels if you tilt it, and will be electrified. There never seems to be enough workbench space.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Gary Fixler

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#9 posted 1238 days ago

Nice job, Lew, and I love your dog.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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Napaman

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#10 posted 1238 days ago

love that top…looks too nice to chop suey on!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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lew

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#11 posted 1238 days ago

Wow! Thanks for all of the kind remarks!! They are really appreciated!

For all those inquires, Mimi won’t let me give away or sell Quigley. She said he would probably end up like the story “The Ransom of Red Chief”, anyway.

Fernando- Great eye for measurements! The top is 23” x 32” and 1.5” thick.

Jim- Your thoughts of a project table really sound great. Wish my shop was larger so I could use something like that. Currently, I’m using a 3’ x 4’ Lazy Susan concept that I set on a couple of saw horses. When not in use, it leans up against the wall, out of the way.

Karson- I considered the Euro type hinges but Mimi wanted it to look like what we had. Do they make a Euro hinge for a framed type cabinet front?

Thanks again, everyone.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Karson

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#12 posted 1237 days ago

Yes: That’s what I’m using in my kitchen.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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lew

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#13 posted 1236 days ago

Updated picture- IT WORKS!!! PIZZA TONITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Karson

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#14 posted 1236 days ago

I’m only 3.5Hrs away and you didn’t invite David and I.

Looking good. Your wife seems very happy with the new tool.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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lew

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#15 posted 1236 days ago

I’ll save you a couple of pieces until you get here!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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