Mobile Kitchen Island

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Project by ErikF posted 10-18-2012 03:39 PM 3320 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up this kitchen island, I used birch, hickory, cherry, and cedar for the drawer bottom.

This was a fun project and my first go at hand cut dovetails. I am happy with the way the dovetails turned out on the front of the drawer…I will not being showing what the rear dovetails on this drawer look like. I read before that dovetails can be addicting and now know why. I enjoyed the satisfaction that can with fitting the two boards together.

The top is birch laminated together with the edge grain facing up. It is 29” wide and 22” deep. The overall dimension is 35 1/2” tall, 29” wide, and 22” deep. The island is mounted on a set of heavy duty 3” casters.

-- Power to the people.

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 03:47 PM

Nice looking. Hope my wife doesn’t see it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 04:15 PM

It is very good looking project. Really like the dovetails. How do your drawer slides work? Good stuff.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#3 posted 10-18-2012 04:36 PM

Nice job, I’m getting ready to learn how to do dovetails by hand soon as well. I hope mine come out as well as your do. Nice Island.

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

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#4 posted 10-18-2012 05:04 PM


For the drawers I cut slots down the side of the drawer on my router table 7/8” wide and 1/4” deep. For slides I used a slightly narrower than 7/8” strip of hickory that I screwed to the inside of the frame. If you look at the picture with the top off showing the drawer, the hickory is screwed into the thick pieces of birch I used to bolt fasten the top to the stand.

-- Power to the people.

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#5 posted 10-18-2012 06:39 PM

Very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 12:34 AM

nice work.

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#7 posted 10-19-2012 01:00 AM

the dovetails turned out nice!

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#8 posted 10-19-2012 01:21 AM

Great job on the visable dovetails (no one will ever see the others). I really like the way you did your drawer slides as well. Do you have a stop arrangement where the drawer can’t be pulled completely out?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-19-2012 02:18 AM

Thx Eric, really nice job!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#10 posted 10-19-2012 02:45 AM


Thanks for the compliment. I didn’t use anything as a drawer stop, though I did think about it for about 10 minutes at one point. I have never used one before…any advice on a solid design?

-- Power to the people.

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#11 posted 10-19-2012 03:12 AM

I have used a lot of different methods for drawer stops (some more elegant than others!). The simplest is a small block glued or double face taped to the underside of the top near the front. I’ve never seen an explanation for the “proper” way to do it. I just hate pulling a drawer full of tools out and dumping it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 10-19-2012 06:22 AM

wonderful piece.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#13 posted 11-18-2013 03:29 AM

That is a nice looking and handy island for in the kitchen! Nice going!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 08-06-2014 10:45 PM

This really is a thing of beauty. I have also looked at every one of your saws and find the lot to be quite phenomenal. It is such an inspiration to me that I think I’m going to jump in and make some saws. I’ve read your blogs concerning the subject and they are an invaluable resource, so thanks so much for sharing all your beautiful projects and your experience with the community.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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