Kitchen Island

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Project by jayman7 posted 05-04-2012 12:58 AM 2193 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I modeled it after a John Boos table that I really liked. Problem was that it cost $1600! Total cost for my island was $225. It was also too large for my kitchen so I made the dimensions slightly smaller and added a removable shelf. I also used the opportunity to add some elegance by trimming the front and back of the top with tiger maple and cherry accents. I also stained and varnished the base, whereas the John Boos appeared to be painted.

The butcher block top is made from hard maple and the base is poplar. I originally wanted an endgrain top but it would’ve taken forever to sand knowing how long it takes to make cutting boards a lot smaller in size. I sealed the top with thinned salad bowl varnish and finished it with a mix of mineral oil and beeswax.

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#1 posted 05-04-2012 01:08 AM

Really nice I would love to have the room in my kitchen for one of those.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 01:36 AM

I really like the way this came out, nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 05-04-2012 07:53 AM

Nice job and great saving!!!!! Should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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