Butcher Block Kitchen Island Cart

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Project by nickswoodshop posted 10-25-2014 03:14 PM 2490 views 9 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago my wife and I found an apartment we really liked, but had a small kitchen area. We love to spend time in the kitchen making food together, so this was kind of a downer. The place had enough perks for me to want it anyway, but my wife still wasn’t sold.

Without much prior woodworking experience I told her if we get the place I’ll build you the most amazing kitchen island, and you will forget about how small the rest of it is. This is what I came up with.

The top is a Beech butcher block from Menards, with a hole cut in it that rests a scrap bowl – perfect for sliding food scraps and other garbage into when you’re cutting on it. It pops out easily to empty and wash. I also added a paper towel holder, plenty of storage inside, and a drawer to hold baking pans vertically.

The body is made out of pine with plywood drawers and shelving, and is on lockable casters. Used a circular saw to make all of the cuts, and ran the door/drawer faces through a router to make ‘em pretty.

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#1 posted 10-25-2014 04:28 PM

Beautiful work, without much ww prior experience ?, you’re promising, Remember woodworking is adictive, keep on making saw dust. Thank you for sharing…

-- andrek

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#2 posted 10-25-2014 05:47 PM

excellent work and a great solution for a small kitchen! a happy wife makes a happy life… love the paper towel holder!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 01:27 AM

We see more tools in your future! You did a great job on the island. Thanks for sharing.


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