chopping block island

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Project by mtalley posted 07-25-2014 01:59 PM 2199 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Wife has wanted a chopping block island for years. Our kitchen in Seattle just didn’t have the room for one, but the kitchen in France was PLENTY big enough. I looked into taking some 5/4 maple and gluing it up for her, but without a table saw and a power planer (except for a Lathe – I have ZERO power tools here) it would have been really difficult. We found a couple that were already built, but they were between 400 and 900 Euros. No.Thank.You. After some deliberation, I decided on an IKEA island. Stop Laughing and put down the stones…

I couldn’t leave it stock, that is just not how I operate. Added a few flourishes to make it “better” and the reason that a flatpak piece is included here on LJ.

1. Turned the legs on the lathe to give it bun feet
2. Glued it all together and added some extra dowels for reinforcement
3. Removed the steel rods on the original and plugged the holes with dowels
4. Painted the base with a Sea Green Milk Paint
5. Added an additional block section to the bottom of the top panel – to make it super-solid
6. Cut a 6″ hole in the top for sweeping scraps off the work surface
7. Put a large plastic bin – removable from both sides – under scrap hole
8. Bolted rolling pin to one side to towels and placed 2 brass hooks on the other side
9. Scrapped the cheap looking wood lattice bottom panel and used 7/8″ tongue & groove clear-ish pine decking boards instead.
10. Polyurethaned the top – 5 coats – and bottom shelf so they match and make the painted base “pop”
11. Took a hunk of cherry tree trunk and turned it down as a conical plug/lid for the scrap hole.

Wife very happy and installed just in time for my chef Father-in-Law to visit and whip up a few fine meals using it as a work platform

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#1 posted 07-25-2014 03:58 PM

Looks very nice , Just goes to show you can use the IKEA stuff as a source of basic parts for a real woodworking project when needed. So NO Stones on this one. :)

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 04:22 PM

Great looking chopping block table. Sure wish I had room for one here.

-- jroot

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 05:18 PM


-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#4 posted 07-25-2014 05:18 PM

Rolling pin as a towel holder is cool!

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Shawn Masterson

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#5 posted 07-25-2014 08:01 PM

It looks great.

Am I the only one thinking Poly on the top where food is prepped????

I haven’t made any C-boards yet but isn’t that a no no??

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#6 posted 07-26-2014 03:58 AM

It looks great.

Am I the only one thinking Poly on the top where food is prepped????

I haven t made any C-boards yet but isn t that a no no??

- Shawn Masterson

FWIW, all finishes (or the vast majority of at least) are food safe once cured.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 07-28-2014 12:45 PM

Thank you for all the positive comments! I was a little afraid that an IKEA hack would get me booted from the site :-)

David, I am working on a rolling pin apron hanger as well – I was in need of some oak and ash rounds for a garden project and found a pile of rolling pins at Goodwill for $1 each. I have used them for a ton of stuff.

jroot, My wife waited 6 years for one – she knows how you feel.

Yep, after 30 days, poly is just fine for prep services. I have it on my maple tops in Seattle – made from old basket ball flooring and it has been great.

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#8 posted 04-03-2015 04:49 PM

I like the scrap hole with the bin! Great idea. I’ll be stealing that, if you don’t mind.

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