Sliding kitchen board for appliances

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Project by Thomas Porter posted 2571 days ago 2090 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a client who’s wife didn’t like picking up her big mixer and moving it on the counter. It was very heavy and cumbersome for her. She said she wanted a “rolling cutting board” out of oak that would be able to hold up and slide the mixer on top of the counter.

I told her husband I’d cook something up and laminated up a few pieces of quartersawn oak to make a cutting board and then I put some good ol’ shop casters to the trick. Most people use these for roller tables for their workpieces. I just mortised them in to make it lower profile and they work great. The piece is 12”x18” and 1” thick.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#1 posted 2571 days ago

Very innovative. It looks real functional.

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#2 posted 2571 days ago

Nicely done! Those casters look like they would mark up the counter, but I guess that they do not. Is the counter formica?

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#3 posted 2571 days ago

Interesting I wonder how well it works having a mixer on wheels? Could be great.

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Thomas Porter

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#4 posted 2571 days ago

On my counter, yes they would. Formica and stainless don’t mix. It makes wierd slug-like streaks wherever it goes. It cleans off, but I’m not sure what the reaction between the two is. My client’s won’t. They have granite.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#5 posted 2571 days ago

Great idea

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#6 posted 2571 days ago


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 2571 days ago

very nice looking quarter sawn oak there! thats a great idea too!!!

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#8 posted 2484 days ago

Interesting solution – I have visions of the lady turning her back on the mixer and finding it on the floor. Does the board have breaks? LOL.

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#9 posted 2483 days ago

Her mixer must be very well balanced because it doesn’ move much at all. I had thought this would be a problem, but it wasn’t in this particular case. I told her if it did that I would install something to stop any movement, but she says it works great.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#10 posted 2457 days ago

cool idea for the casters … small pieces of uhmw might work too

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#11 posted 2453 days ago

I was wondering about sliding on the cupboard, but you answered that with their granite top. Really a good idea.

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#12 posted 2453 days ago

Nice job Thomas. A great solution to the problem. Nice to see your postings again.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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