|Project by lew||posted 03-31-2011 07:23 PM||5960 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
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!
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.