Kitchen island with wine rack, southern yellow heart pine top

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Project by GrantA posted 01-13-2019 03:23 AM 2000 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned piece for a friend who works with my wife. The heart pine was wide, 15” I think, and was harvested by a relative of hers. Always fun knowing you can’t get another piece!
I haven’t used pocket screws since this, I’ve graduated to real joinery now, but we have to start somewhere! Next time I’ll cut mortises for the square dowels, those pocket screws probably took longer than mortises would have.
The base was framed with 2×6 and wrapped in 1×6 paint grade lumber. The legs (bought from Osborne wood products) bolt to the base from underneath. I mortised a threaded plate into the bottom of each.
She wanted it distressed and chose this pale blue color, I’m happy with the end result! I simply scuffed corners that would’ve actually worn over time and wiped those spots with dark stain.
The tops were finished with Howard’s butcher block oil /wax blend, as was the matching cheese board (I had just enough leftover to make that for them).

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-13-2019 05:02 AM

Nice looking island Grant!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 01-13-2019 06:56 AM

Man, thats some beautiful looking pine. Ive fallen in love with a local to me FL that no longer exists (besides reclaimed, or illegal)... The infamous Dade County Pine used to basically build all of the old FL Keys. Very reminiscent. Great piece.

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#3 posted 01-13-2019 10:27 AM

I like that olive green colour in combination with wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-13-2019 12:38 PM

Very nice Island Grant. Pretty and functional. No problem with the pocket screws. I still use them on several projects.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 01-13-2019 02:47 PM

Nice. That pine top is something special.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 01-14-2019 02:22 AM

Quite attractive. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 01-14-2019 04:38 AM

I thought it was a cooling rack for pies and cookies, well done

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 01-14-2019 10:31 AM

That’s a good looking island, Grant.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 01-14-2019 11:25 AM

Thanks everyone! Norman I suppose that’s another use!

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#10 posted 03-20-2019 06:13 PM

Nice!! It looks just like it belongs there in that kitchen. Very well done. Did you turn those large spindles? I bet that was fun.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#11 posted 03-20-2019 10:52 PM

Thanks Chris! I did not turn the legs, they were purchased from Osborne wood products. I’m working on another similar island now with purchased legs, for the price paid it’s hard to complain but I’d like to turn my own eventually just to say I did!

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