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Project by Steve posted 12-03-2013 04:45 PM 1676 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I put together an island in our kitchen but needed a top. Up in the barn I found some old rough cut cherry that my grandfather had milled some 30 years ago. There wasn’t enough thick pieces to make a solid top so what I did was planed the thinner boards down and glued and screwed them to a sheet of plywood. I took a thick board of the cherry, planed and routed the edge to trim the top out. Then generously brushed on some poly. The color and grains just look awesome!

P.S.
I really need a jointer, the table saw is just too much work….





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JHIM

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#1 posted 12-03-2013 07:39 PM

i love it man..nothing like using your grandfathers wood. nice work.

-- "the hard jobs will take a while..the impossible will take a bit longer"

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JHIM

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#2 posted 12-03-2013 07:40 PM

p.s i LOVE your clamp collection there, little bit of everything!

-- "the hard jobs will take a while..the impossible will take a bit longer"

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Steve

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#3 posted 12-03-2013 08:23 PM

Yeah it’s about 72” long, I needed all the clamps I could find!

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#4 posted 12-03-2013 08:56 PM

I need to make an island for my kitchen to separate it from the family room, that provides a nice view of the river our place is on. And I really like the two level idea you came up with as our river room is two steps down from the kitchen. Beautiful!! Mind if I steal some of your design?? :o)

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#5 posted 12-03-2013 09:07 PM

The two level design is worlds better IMO. You have your working surface and an eating surface. Long story short, the contractors that put the kitchen together in our town house didnt want to build the island, so I did. Here are some more pictures:

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#6 posted 12-03-2013 09:09 PM

The LED lighting matches the under-cabinet LED’s and all runs off a touch-switch located under the wall cabinet by the sink.

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bbc557ci

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#7 posted 12-03-2013 09:22 PM

Very nice. So the doors on the tall side, under the cherry top, are not hinged, just fixed/secured in place?

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#8 posted 12-03-2013 10:29 PM

Yeah they actually open, they came with the cabinets.

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#9 posted 12-03-2013 11:16 PM

great story and nice looking project
I’ve clamped up two projects similar to this and I’ve been too afraid to glue a cross piece to keep the joints
aligned. What do you do to make sure the squeezed out glue doesn’t join them to your finished work?
i lack a lot of experience in this but it makes total sense – it’s gotta save a lot of hassle on the finished end
thanks
Greg

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 12-04-2013 01:41 AM

Very nice Island top.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 12-04-2013 04:21 AM

man that’s nice work.

-- Harold

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#12 posted 12-04-2013 11:50 AM

Great job. Did you copy the panels for the back, or are they stock to match your doors?

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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#13 posted 12-04-2013 12:46 PM

Greg – I probably went a little light with the glue by mistake. After the top was dried I sanded the whole thing down.

Garry – They were stock to match the doors.

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#14 posted 12-09-2013 02:59 PM

It came out really beautiful and well made, like the gorgeous top. A great addition to your kitchen. Excellent work!

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