Kitchen Island

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Project by Jay20650 posted 08-05-2011 07:22 PM 3652 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A while back Sam20650 posted a project on a butcher block she made for a kitchen island project we were working on. Being a bit of a slacker I am just now getting around to posting the picture of the finished project. Actually, we delivered the project with the base unfinished because the owner wanted to paint it to match the other cabinetry, so we had to wait to get good finished pictures for a while.

This was an interesting project, the owner had a specific idea of what they wanted, we were sceptical at first, but the idea panned out wonderfully.




You can see in these pictures that the island attaches to the kitchen counter via a bridge. If you look closely, and in later pictures it’s more clear, the bridge has live cherry edges on it, which are beautiful I think!

The brige however needed to be movable. We used Soss hinges and designed the brige to swing back onto the butcher block top when needed.



And here are those Soss hinges, they were interesting to install, but they function and look great!


And here is how the bridge sits on the kitchen counter, with a bloodwood/maple handle, a good view of those live edges too…or is the term wany, either way I like em!



-- Jay,

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 07:29 PM

Nice to see it finished…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 07:40 PM

I think I would have made the top so that it folded down instead of covering the beautiful top! Good job otherwise.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 07:59 PM

Thought about that, but that would have made for some interesting design challenges. You couldn’t rest the bridge on the counter then, which would have meant some other mechanism for supporting the bridge, or you would have to move the entire base away from the counter to swing the bridge down if it did use the counter for support. Since they only wanted to be able to lift the bridge temporarily for access to the kitchen cabinet underneath, I though an up swing was a simpler solution. There is always another way to skin a cat:)

-- Jay,

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 08:38 PM

‘bout time slacker!

We will have to go back and better quality pictures at some point since the paint job and handles were put on…these were a bit fuzzy since the client sent them (the delay was mostly due to that)

And yes they do actually chop things on the top of it! Although we were told that they felt like they should dress up a bit before they cook now :) Gotta love comments like that!

Here are a couple more:
Cherry and walnut drawer dividers in top drawers…

Another view of the top meeting the counter…

And one of my faves…Jay attacking the huge slab of cherry those live edges came from

-- "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow

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#5 posted 08-07-2011 04:48 PM

Looks Great.

-- Anthony

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 05:28 PM

Nice, this is that first time I have seen an island with bridge… in the kitchen I mean. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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