Small Kitchen Island from Old Dresser

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Project by HoneyDew posted 01-16-2022 10:27 PM 974 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I salvaged an old dresser from my mother-in-law – it had been in their basement propped against the wall with rotting legs and soft glue. The bottom drawers weren’t usable. I partially disassembled the cabinet and reglued the side and back and slides etc. I sliced the bottom off and created a new base using red oak (but painted it so you don’t see that part.)

The top and new shelves are the really special part – I found a place in their 120+ year old barn where the original siding had always been covered from the weather. It was between the loft and adjacent lean-to. The wood was large circular sawmill cut so that after plainning it there were still circular saw marks. The top has a flip top with pivoting braces.

The pulls and towel rack used iron gas fittings with threaded rods of red oak. The oak didn’t like to be threaded.

I think the top wood might be chestnut – Anybody have some ideas how I could classify it? The barn would have used native lumber from Indiana around Williams close to Bedford.

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#1 posted 01-16-2022 11:12 PM

A little TLC and you have a beautiful Kitchen Island

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 01-17-2022 01:48 AM

wow that was a cool salvage project.nice save.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 01-17-2022 02:59 AM

Great repurpose – the top may well be chestnut as it was used extensively in out buildings

-- 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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#4 posted 01-17-2022 08:02 AM

There has never been a more expensive project than fixing a free piece of furniture. I recall seeing out on ones trash heap in front of there house a nightstand. I thought I could fix it up and give it to my one of my friends daughter. $200 later she got her nightstand

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#5 posted 01-17-2022 09:59 AM

Very nice job and nice save. You turned trash into treasure and created something beautiful. I always enjoy seeing things restored and repurposed

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#6 posted 01-17-2022 10:03 PM

Great way to repurpose an old piece of furniture. The curved drawers are a neat detail not seen much anymore. Nicely done.

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#7 posted 01-18-2022 02:02 AM

Nice save. Striking piece!

-- Darrel

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#8 posted 01-18-2022 04:28 AM

Pretty slick!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 01-18-2022 05:28 AM

Very nice!

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