|Project by lobro4||posted 07-29-2011 10:09 PM||1203 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
My nephew is headed to graduate school at Indiana University. Many of us know that apartments can be small and the kitchens even smaller. This kid likes to cook. You should taste his spaghetti and spiced bread. Anyway, for a guy who likes to cook, the 2-foot by 2-foot area of counter space (literally) is not enough. So a request went out to the Woodworker Uncle. The design needed a twist—i) lots of work space, ii) a cutting board surface, iii) rest one end of the work surface on the counter, iv) a way to fold that work surface out of the way. Like most students, keeping his budget in mind was important as well. He and his dad paid for the supplies, I had the joy of putting it together. The plan initially called for a drawer but this was eliminated and the upper skirt was narrowed to allow for a second shelf. A butcher block top just had to be maple, what else. Glued up 1 1/4” x 1 1/4” squares and sanded to 100 grit. Oiled with mineral oil. You can see in the third picture how I created a hand grip for lifting the (heavy) swinging top. Since the hinges would be “exposed to the elements” I chose to use stainless steel and stainless steel screws. The base is made from poplar which helped meet the budget concerns. The legs are pretty stout and required a lot of laminating. The shelf construction is shown in the last photo. The poplar parts were sanded to 120. To avoid splotching, color provided by 2-pound cut of dewaxed garnet shellac of my own mixing. Top coat of post-catalyzed lacquer applied by my local finishing shop. I owe a lot to Gary and Virgil for their fine work. I am pleased with the final product. Lastly, this is my final project with my Ridgid 10” contractor saw. A Sawstop 10” contractor saw now sits in its place.
May you have many happy healthy years, Trevor! Good luck in Bloomington and I expect that spaghetti dinner first time I visit.
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