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Project by Asa Christiana posted 05-25-2012 03:36 PM 2420 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a kitchen island I made from butternut, with a soapstone top. Soap stone is amazing stuff…you can rout it with carbide, cut it with a diamond blade, sand it normally and finish it with oil finishes! The carved volutes came from this article:
http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=24098
And the faux pegs came from this one:
http://www.finewoodworking.com/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=26275

By the way, I left the boards rough milled in the bottom shelf area, for a rustic effect. Turned out great.

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)





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#1 posted 05-25-2012 04:00 PM

That is one beautiful piece.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 05:36 PM

When I first glanced at the new projects page, I thought “I’ve seen that before”. After I clicked on it, I realized from where. Beautiful piece. Love the carving and the soapstone top. Nice design.

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 06:21 PM

Nicely done! Love the carving on the volutes. Thanks for posting. I’m having to think through re-doing my kitchen.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 06:44 PM

A very nice Island Asa you do very nice work. Fine Woodworking always has great projects.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Asa Christiana

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 07:39 PM

Thanks, folks. How cool is it that you can build furniture way nicer than you could afford otherwise? Working on some tansu cabinets right now. Check out this blog:
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/47479/make-perfect-square-pegs-with-real-strength

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 08:21 PM

Seen those tops before and wondered what they were. A guy accually worked a scratch out of it. Beautiful Island. Thanks for sharing

-- CaptFerd

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#7 posted 05-26-2012 12:44 AM

First rate, professional work.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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GenerationWW

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#8 posted 05-26-2012 12:47 AM

great work, I like it!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ www.generationwoodworks.com for free!

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#9 posted 05-26-2012 01:27 PM

Asa thats one sweet kitchen island.like the soap stone

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 05-26-2012 02:19 PM

Nice island! What speed do you run the router on the soapstone?

-- Nothing's impossible...it just gets expensive

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Asa Christiana

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#11 posted 05-27-2012 04:30 PM

Full speed on the router worked just fine, I believe. It’s been a few years now. But it was just a gentle curve, not removing much material. Still, I’m sure I did it in a few passes. Always a good idea, on wood, too, with the last pass being very light for best results.

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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#12 posted 06-01-2012 01:37 AM

The island is beautiful – it is one of the few on this site that inspired me. I’m planning a kitchen island for my next build, and your island helped inspire my final design.

-- Chuck, Preston CT, http://www.curtishome.net/

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Asa Christiana

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#13 posted 06-01-2012 01:35 PM

Thanks, Chuck. One thing about design: spend a lot of time on it, and lots of sketches and adjustments, maybe even do some mockups with foam, or cardboard, or cheap lumber to get your projects just right before setting sail. And then pause mid-project to fine-tune the details you are adding, like I did for the corbels that support the overhang, or the shape of the overhang itself.

That’s a hard lesson I’ve learned over the years. Some of my past design mistakes are still sitting in my house, haunting me. Most have been given away or moved to the basement where I don’t have to look at them!

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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