Julie's Kitchen Island

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Project by lobro4 posted 12-19-2012 12:10 AM 2866 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Displaying a recently finished project is sometimes the best way to get a new project to work on. So it was with this Kitchen Island. I had just finished a sideboard for a nurse who works alongside me and Julie asked the question. “Could you build a kitchen island?” The answer was yes and here is the result.
The plans are available from the Plans Now website.
The inner box is constructed from 3/4” Birch Ply. The top is 48”x48” and is a two-layer thick sandwich of birch ply. Formica laminate top applied with contact cement. Top is glued on to the frame of the box. The legs are 3”x3” glued up from 4/4 stock. Details in the legs: Grooves are made with a 1/4’ dado blade. Dowels and birch strips used to make the accents. The edging around the top is solid birch and is glued and doweled into place. The frame and panel sides are solid birch and 1/4” ply. There is a bit of twist here as called for in the plans. The 1/4” doesn’t sit in the grooves of the rails and stiles. Rather, a strip of birch is in the grooves and the ply is then glued to that. It adds some architectual depth that simple panel construction lacks. Same construction details goes for the doors. I have done inset drawers on a few occasions but this is my first time on inset doors. Well worth the time and really not that difficult. I pegged the tenons for detail and strength. The drawer boxes are 3/4” poplar and birch false fronts. The front fascia above the drawers/doors is detailed in a the same fashion as the legs. I added electrical boxes to make it functional—it took minimal effort to tap in to the wiring in the basement and I even managed not to fry myself on a hot circuit!
All parts sanded to 150. Finish is Arm R Seal semi gloss—4 coats.
Lastly, you can also see matching stools which are detailed more on a separate post.
Finished size: Box is 46” x 34”. Top is 48” x 48” and the seating extension is 14” deep. Counter top is 36” high. Stools are 26” high.
The best part is that Julie is happy with the build. May it be the conversation center where everyone can gather and enjoy their time in the kitchen.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 12-19-2012 12:42 AM

Well done, looks great!

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

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 01:58 PM

Very nice, great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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