|Project by Roz||posted 04-17-2011 06:54 PM||2521 views||20 times favorited||19 comments|
I have so many pictures of this project I wanted to post this as a series like so many of you have done and I have enjoyed. But doing it after completion seemed a little dishonest and I probably lack the technical expertise to do it. I will give it my best effort in this format.
My wife and I had been talking about an island in the kitchen for a few years and finally came up with a plan that included as many features we wanted as we could cram into it. We studied what was available, drew up plans and I sprang into action…... last fall.
We wanted it to resemble a table so I built a table frame added a base and a 60/40 center cabinet section with large drawers on one side and shelf storage on the other. One end has shelves for cook books and the other has pull out vegetable bins, compost can and spice tray for large spice containers. The large drawers on the side hold large pots and pans.
The table top has cabinets on all four sides. One drawer is a spice tray with a rack to organize the bottles and make them easier to get out. One will be a knife drawer and the others are for various kitchen tools.
Drawer boxes are finger jointed with 1/8th inch Luan bases. The project is built of Clear or Sugar pine as some people here call it and the center cabinet is 3/4 inch plywood.
I ordered the legs about 5 years ago when we decided to have a center island. They have been taking up space in my shop. (I work fast don’t I?)
The drawer all ride on Accuride slides, most of which came from Rockler until I found a less expensive source.
The top I ordered from a manufacturer in Michigan. It measures 60×40 inches, is top grade hard maple 1 3/4 inch thick for commercial kitchens and came pretreated. It was so well crated I used the crate lumber to build a shop cabinet for my drill press.
I sprayed semi-gloss white enamel with the door and drawer bead board panels painted in the pale yellow shade of the kitchen walls.
It is a great size for the space and a perfect height for working. We both love the result and it is a focal point in our unfinished kitchen.
-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."