So my wife tells me the other day that she would like a mobile island for our kitchen for Christmas, and if I can do that, I don’t need to get her anything else (don’t worry, I’m not stupid, I know that’s a trap). Basically a rolling cabinet with a butcher block top. Anyways, given the short deadline, and the fact that this is not going to be an heirloom piece, I have a design question or two :
The plan :
- Create a cabinet box out of 3/4” maple ply
- Create a face frame out of solid black walnut, decorate the rest of the box to make it look like the sides and back are black walnut frame w/ maple panel
- I have a 2” thick edge-grain maple butcher block top that used to be on my parent’s island, they replaced it with granite (hooray for free butcher block top).
- Finish with wipe on poly (mineral oil & beeswax on top)before final construction.
- Get praised as “best husband ever” (not that I’m aware that she’s had any other husbands).
- The black walnut pieces that I plan on using to create the frame/panel effect on the back and sides will be about 1/2” and 1/2” thick, by 2-3”. Given that the plywood will not expand (or is negligible) and the solid walnut will, is the thickness of these pieces such that I will run into issues (such as cracking) down the road with expansion if I simply just glue the pieces on? I could, alternatively, run a thin bead of glue down one side of the walnut, and screw into it on the opposite edge from the inside of the cabinet with over-sized holes in the plywood to allow for some movement.
- 3/4” plywood braces across the top of the box under the butcher block, oversized holes in the ply, screws with washers into the butcher block from below. Sound good for mounting the top?
-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.