Mahogany Kitchen Island

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Project by Patrick Garrett posted 05-15-2016 12:16 PM 1032 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last major project I’m doing in the current workshop, and it’s the crowning piece in the kitchen update for showing the house. The cabinet at the bottom holds trash and recycling bins in slide-out drawers, and the middle three drawers are sized for silverware, kitchen rags and baking sheets.

Construction is birch plywood for the cabinet, red oak from a friend’s storm-fall tree for the trim, and quarter-sawn Sapele mahogany for the top with 1/2” square cocobolo inlays in each corner. Pocket screws made the assembly simple and fast, only took me a weekend to do the full cabinet base once the parts were cut to size. To make the counter surface look as close to a single slab as possible, I flattened the boards by hand plane and belt sander, since none of them were narrow enough to fit on my jointer. Table-top fasteners from Lee Valley allow the top to breath with humidity changes, although the quarter-sawn board orientation should limit wood movement.

Handles are from the big orange box store, and the Highpoint 75-lb full-extension drawer slides are from Woodcraft. Finish is 6 coats of General Finishes glossy Arm-R-Coat followed by a single satin sheen coat of the same. The cabinet is painted with General Finishes milk paint in Seagull Gray (panels) and Driftwood Gray (trim). This was my first time using milk paint, and I really enjoyed working with it since it went on easy and dried quickly.

The top is nearly 1.5” thick, and the mahogany is nice and hard, so dishes and the occasional ball-point pen don’t make dents easily. It’s kind of a shame to leave it with the house when we go, but it’ll give me the chance to build a new island at a new house!

-- Makes airplanes by day, planes wood at night <|>

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 10:54 AM

That is one beautiful island!


-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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