Kitchen island that extends to a dining table. Suggestions?

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08-21-2019 02:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: island table equalizer question

Hello, I am fairly new to woodworking and would love some advice on whether this project is feasible or even possible. We have a very small house so I would like to make a kitchen island with a top that can extend to a table, preferably with equalizer slides. I intend to use an existing island, and since I am short on time with a 1 year old, probably use an existing table and just combine the two.

I would love any advice on how best to do this, as well as any issues that would stop this from being possible. I’m surprised this is not an existing product you can buy which makes me assume there is some reason it is not very doable. I would like to go from a fairly small island to as large as is feasible. It seems as if pedestal style makes the most sense, but I am also open to having legs that detach when not in use.

Let me know any thoughts you have. Thanks!

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#1 posted 08-22-2019 02:21 PM

I’m not totally sure what you are wanting to do but, it sounds like you would like to have a typical kitchen work island that is somehow expandable. I think since you are short on time, your best solution would be to buy a table with expansion leaves that fits the space. This could be used as either a work surface or as a dinning surface. You can buy counter height tables and chairs to match if that is your preference.

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#2 posted 08-22-2019 04:39 PM

You could always just go get an anti-matter phase inverter so the table and the island can occupy the exact same space at the same time, like they did when the USS Enterprise parked inside an asteroid to hide from the Romulons.

I love physics problems!

(This was not a helpful post, I get it. Just that, you could probably design something new that will do what you want, but it may be rather difficult, if not impossible, to adapt two existing things for this purpose.)

BTW, In my work, I get these “impossible” requests on a near daily basis. I guess I’m a bit jaded already.

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#3 posted 08-22-2019 05:31 PM

When I lived in the San Francisco Bay area, my kitchen had a table that was pivoted off a higher stove top island and had 2 legs on the opposite end. It would serve as a counter top space when cooking and would swing out to be used as a table accessible from both sides.

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#4 posted 08-22-2019 05:46 PM

Okay, let me try to be more helpful.

There are several ways to do something like this.

Including, but not limited to;
1) A drop leaf table. Hinged to the countertop it folds down along the end of the island out of the way. Extended upward, a support leg then hinges out to prop it up on the end.
2.) A pullout drawer table top. Like it sounds, it is a drawer front that extend out with a roll-top style segmented top. This is commercially available.
3.) Inset table – nested like the dolls inside of another doll, the table is tucked under the counter and can have a cabinet that fills the space unde rthe table in the stowed position. The table then slides for extra work space.
4.) Nested Table. A table on wheels covers the entire Island and rolls out from over the island to extend things.
5.) Counter top leaves – basically like a dining table extension, the leaves would be stored somewhere else and brought out when needed. An apron above your top drawer could be connected to the cabinet, but underneath your counter. It pulls out to support the leaves on either, or both sides.
6.) Re-arrange the kitchen to allow a bigger island with the room you want.
7.) There is always to Star Trek thingy – it was a good episode.
8.) Something else. (Insert fresh new ideas here)

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#5 posted 08-22-2019 06:46 PM

I remember seeing pull out tables and here are a few examples:

I sure there are more, but this is just the first few results from a search.

Good luck

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#6 posted 09-15-2019 03:41 PM


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#7 posted 09-15-2019 05:14 PM


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#8 posted 09-15-2019 05:33 PM

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#9 posted 09-16-2019 01:15 PM

Would a pull out buffet table work for you? But yours would be a kitchen island rather than a buffet.

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