Zhuzhing an IKEA Chopping Block

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Blog entry by PeteCollin posted 08-25-2020 09:48 AM 535 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,
My wife and I got a butcher block as a wedding gift 15 years ago, the kind on a rolling cart. We like it and use it all the time. The IKEA-style quick-assemble frame was always pretty rickety. Also, the stuff stored on the shelves underneath always got covered in dust because it is right next to the heating duct. So Miranda asked me to enclose the cart. While I was at it, I gave the frame proper mortise and tenon joints to make it rigid.

One twist is that the griddle that we stored on the top shelf is too wide to put in from the front. So I had to make one door face forward and another face to the right so we can slide the griddle in and out. The finished cart looks decent, despite being a bit of a mongrel, wood-wise. The frame is whatever wood they use at the factory. The panels are baltic birch. The rails and stiles are ash. and the back is scrap oak plywood. I stained the whole thing to try and match the cabinets ini the rest of the kitchen. Looks OK.

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#1 posted 08-25-2020 11:42 AM

Looks pretty good to me, and mongrel it’s not – as long as it functions properly, that’s all that counts.

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