Kitchen Island

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Project by Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop posted 12-27-2013 04:44 PM 2123 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ,
Christmas Holidays are really monopolizing my time with my podcast show b/c I had to catch up on some commission work. This island is one of those projects. I was asked to do this island b/c the existing island was falling apart. They purchased it from a Big Box store and it was poorly made. This new version is not going anywhere. Every piece of the carcass is led into the next adjacent piece with dados. All drawers are dovetailed and there is actually glue in this project unlike its counterpart that is now in pieces.
Construction is paneled bead board wrapping the entire thing with solid drawer fronts defining the borders int he middle. The original island had four drawers that were very shallow, so I made three identical drawers with one drawer containing a removable tray for added use of a possible wasted space. The two shelves are adjustable to an extent in the middle of the cavity (specific to their needs). There is also a towel bar on either end (customers request).You might recognize the top I made a few months back, it was just transferred to the new island.
Materials used are poplar for the panel frames, Maple veneered bead board for the panels and maple plywood for everything else. This was a fund build and the customer loved it. You will soon find it featured on my channel after the new year showing how the doors were made with a cope and stick bit set and I will also feature the use of my dovetail jig to do the drawers. Thanks for looking

Drew – Rock-n H Woodshop

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 05:08 PM

Came out looking great! I like the look of the bead board.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 05:34 PM

Great work, and love the details… A real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 05:52 PM

I watched the epsisode when you built that top and I was thinking to myself, Why place that kick-butt top on such an IKEA-esk piece of crappola! Great job Drew! Hope you made enough to buy some more tools!


-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 08:26 PM

Thanks a lot Chris. I’m quite fond of the bead board panels myself.

Thanks Ken I think it really sets the kitchen off.

Hey Scott, thanks a lot. I understand what you’re saying about the crap-ola Island. But I knew it was just a matter of time before that other one gave up the ghost. I knew it would go along with for my top would.
I did make enough money to buy several clamps, you can’t have enough!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 01:37 AM

really sweet piece

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 12-28-2013 02:50 AM

Well Built and I love the locking casters.

When I built Mimi’s island, I added a “surge strip” on the back side to provide electrical power if needed.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 12-28-2013 03:41 AM

Great job! Where do you come up with your time??

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#8 posted 12-28-2013 04:23 AM

A great piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#9 posted 12-28-2013 09:05 PM

Great looking island. Looks like it will last forever.

-- The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. Jean Cocteau

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#10 posted 12-29-2013 12:07 AM

A very nice build. Islands are handy dandy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 12-29-2013 12:51 AM

Is good. Getting at that!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#12 posted 12-29-2013 05:27 PM

Nice looking job! Need to make one as we are limited in counterspace and storage.

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#13 posted 12-29-2013 09:36 PM

Thanks a lot you guys for your kind words and enthusiasm towards my work.

@Lew: That is a good idea with the Surge strip. I still need to do that on my Table saw cabinet

@Carbide: Time…..? What is that? I have no time! LOL! My time is on loan!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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