Kitchen Island

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Project by falatocpa posted 10-19-2018 10:29 PM 589 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got disgusted with my original efforts at a kitchen island as it began to near completion. The problem was that I needed to shape each piece, finish it, and then add it to the final assembly in my kitchen because at 37.5” high, 42.5” wide, and 68.5” long, it was too large to bring through any of the doors. As such, the first effort was a collection of gaps and overlaps between 1/8” and 3/8”. also, it didn’t quite match the existing cabinets. So, as it came together I abandoned the project… and planned out what I was going to do this time.

This time it was built in 2 parts; a base for the toe kick, and the rest of the cabinet above. This allowed it to go through one of my doors with less than 1/2” to spare. That meant I could build the entire piece in my shop, sanding everything flush, and getting rid of the gaps. I also took a much closer look at my existing cabinets, styling to match them (using ship lap for the sides, and making the vertical runs primary, with the horizontal secondary).

The frame is a study in lap joints, albeit screwed together instead of glued. The exterior is nailed into place with ring nails that were counter sunk to allow sanding. The doors are all recycled from a matching bathroom vanity I had to rebuild several years ago (which also allowed the hardware to match). The draw is recycled from a cabinet I modified a few months ago to fit a trash compactor (it can be seen in the background of the last picture). The outlet covers came from some basement utility outlets. The builder had used extra matching outlets in places that didn’t need them and I’ve been raiding them as needed since I moved in, replacing them with steel industrial covers. The base is lap joints, doweled on each corner at right angles, and reinforced with bracing.

For now the top is 3/4” plywood with 8 coats of varnish. Eventually it will get a cook-top, (which will necessitate cutting a hole), and be covered with granite to match the other counters. The outlets are currently wired, but power has yet to be run to the junction box. All the wires are sleeved in steel conduit, and there is a removable access panel for when the time comes to run power.

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#1 posted 10-20-2018 01:38 AM

NIce island. I like your planning for future additions.

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#2 posted 10-20-2018 09:02 AM

nice build, should be sturdy enough to meet California shake law

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 10-20-2018 11:02 PM

Thanks guys. Recycle, that wasn’t the intent, or a need here in MA, but I’ll acknowledge I do tend to overbuild things.

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