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  1. The Pastor’s Table or I Think My Sister Is Trying To Buy My Way Into Heaven - (borrowing a title concept from Rocky and Bullwinkle) Part 1: I think my sister believes my past transgression’s slate can be, at least in part, wiped clean by building furniture for the church she attends. The latest installment is a kitchen island/work table for the church’s kitchen. The pastor emailed me a picture of a table he thought would work but wanted something larger and with slightly different construction techniques. Using Sketchup and the free Sketchup viewer, we worked through the major details of the build and ended up with this concept- He chose to use poplar for the frame (which would be painted), soft maple for the two shelves (polyed) and hard maple for the top (oil/bee’s wax). The overall dimensions were 72” long x 30” wide x 36” tall. The top was to be made as a butcher block style using edge grain (rather than end grain) and 1.5” thick. He also wanted the top pieces to be random lengths scattered through the field. We originally thought about 1” “wide” field pieces but then went with approximately 1.5” wide pieces. That reduced the overall number of strips across the top. The legs were a full 4” square glue ups. All of the frame joints are mortice and tenons. The only hardware used was to secure the top to the frame (lag bolts/washers) and the shelves to the stretchers (wood screws/washers). As the build progressed, it became obvious this could be another china cupboard fiasco. The final assembly would have to take place outside of the basement shop. So… if you are up to it, follow along…
  2. And Finally: The last bit of machining was to create the two lower shelves. The minister wanted to keep the “maple” look for the shelves but hard maple is a little expensive so we went with soft maple. Planed everything to ¾” and used biscuits to help with alignment during glue up. I made these shelves full width during the glue-ups A card scraper brought everything smooth. I sized the shelves using the same procedures as the top. Cut to length and width with the skill saw and a guide; then used the router, flush trim bit and a guide to finish off the saw marks. The guide is held in place with double sided tape and screws. The screw holes are located in the area that will be removed where the shelf wraps around the legs. I also ran the chamfer detail around the perimeter of both shelves. Marked and cut the corners Finished shelves One more dry fit to make certain everything fits Set the top in place to locate and thread the lag bolt holes. While I had the top in position, I did its’ final sanding and oiling. The top is sanded through 320 grit. I used two applications of mineral oil; allowing each to soak in about a day. Then, I used one application of hot “Bumble Bee Wax”- a blend of mineral oil and bee’s wax. Once that cooled, I buffed it out with an old towel. A final dis-assembly; the maple shelves sanded through 320 grit; the poplar pieces sanded through 180 grit. All of the hardware was pre-drilled and pre-threaded using bee’s wax to lubricate the holes. The minister set a time and date to pick up the table and transport it to the church. It has to make the journey from south central PA to Ithaca NY. The day before he arrived, Mimi and I carried everything- except the top- to the carport and I did the final assembly. Due to the dimensions, the shelves had to be set in place during the assembly/glue up. That really added to the weight! The minister arrived right on time and we loaded the base and top into his van. The church members are going to do the final assembly and finishing on site. It was a long process and I was relieved that he was satisfied with the work. Even though we communicated via email and pictures, it is difficult to know what something is really like. Several days later, I received this picture I think the church members did an outstanding job painting and finishing the table. It looks right at home there in the kitchen. If you made it this far, thanks for following along. Also, thanks to John Moody for the advice on the butcher block top.
  3. I showed the glue up for this in an earlier post. Got it all put together yesterday and is now in its place in the kitchen. I have not had time to do the drawers as yet. It will have 2 drawers on slides and 2 small box drawers accessible from either side. The center cubby is for cook books.
  4. Building an oak mobile kitchen island for my daughter. Wondering about butcher block top material. Probably oak is not best? Maple better? Ripped and glued with edge up? Any thoughts? And as usual, thanks for any input! Gary
  5. Hopefully the final question of my esteemed friends on this site for this project. Still plugging along on the movable butcher block kitchen island for my daughter. Top is finished except for the oiling. And...I started wondering about wood movement. The top is edge grain maple and each strip is 1-1/4" by 1-1/4". As it is on edge, do I need to be overly concerned about expansion of the wood? Thanks for any input you may have! Gary
  6. My client came to me over Christmas with a page torn from the Southern Living magazine depicting a kitchen island built from reclaim porch posts and lumber. The caveat was it had to be down-sized to 24x24x36 and move-able. Sure, no problem says I...hmmph! First, has anyone priced used porch posts since Pinterest? Then I priced new posts. Both are cost prohibitive. Then I got an idea, build my own. So my wife found these balusters at a yard sale. But only three. So I cut them in half (giving me six tops) and bought a 4x4 pine post to recreate the bottoms, Drilled out the bottom sections to accept a 1 /14" dowel, 5 inches long Then centered up the tops and drilled matching holes. Cut my dowels using a stop for consistency A little sanding and then assembly Now I have six legs completed. Four users and two for testing. Some detail work to make everything flow and these are ready to sand. Now the key here was the use of reclaimed lumber, so I plundered around the rathole and found this fir. Cut to length for the rails and pocket holes added. I have some 5/4 red cedar ratholed in a buddies barn, so I went and pulled two planks out to create the bottom. Resawed and planed. Cut to length and placed on the assembled leg frame And the finished bottom assembly. Now I'm ready to paint. The request for the legs and rails is to be painted in bright white. I'm going to polyurethane the shelf rails and use that as an accent piece. After paint, I'll attach the hardware (casters.) Next up: Creating the top. (BTW, I've kept up on the site, but with work and life just haven't had a chance to chime in much over the last few months. W)
  7. From the album: Southwest Kitchen Cabinets

    The center island was built with open shelving, my customer wanted open shelving in much of the kitchen. They placed baskets on top of the shelves which I thought was a great touch. The top is 1 /12" maple butcher block purchased at the local hardwood lumber dealer.
  8. Ron Dudelston


    I built new kitchen cabinets for our home and my asked wanted a new island. This has two doors on each side and two drawers for silverware. Top is edge grained hard maple.
  9. This past Friday night Beth and I finished the work on this Cherry Island top that is 25"x 60"x 1 1/2". The customer already had the bottom and had a glass top that look like marble but was not marble. They wanted to replace it to go along with some of the other wonderful wooden pieces of furniture in the house from all over the world. The table in the kitchen was from Thailand and was about 10' long and 3" think pick of something that looked like Walnut. Anyway, we replaced the old glass top with this nice Edge Grain solid Cherry top. They loved it and it fit in so well with the other furniture and style they had in the house. The Cherry gave it a nice warm soft look.
  10. The Kitchen Island made of solid maple was delivered to Naples, Florida and installed this past week. I got a picture over the weekend showing it on the top of the Island. Always worry when I am doing a job and have not been to the location and using someone's measurements, but in this case it looks like it was a perfect fit.
  11. I few weeks back I began a commissioned job to build a Kitchen Island Top out of Maple that would be 41" x 51" x 2". We finished it this weekend and it was picked up for it's final delivery today in Naples, Fl. I thought I would put all of the pictures in one post in case anyone was interested. I know it is a pretty simple project but I will share the process I went through. First was to bring into the shop about 25 maple boards from my Wood Stash. was going to need about 52 pieces 2 3/8" thick to get started and I need to cut around any bad spots on the lumber. With all of the pieces cut to the 2 3/8" and 53" length I was ready to bring them into shape to glue together. So after a run or two across the jointer they were ready for the the planer. I ran them all till all sides were flat and smooth. I didn't worry about keeping the all the exact thickness as I thought it would look good to very the thickness. So as they became flat I removed them from the stack. So then I did a dry layout to see about clamping them up and realized there would be too many pieces and not enough working time if I did three different glue ups so I make four glue ups with each having about 12 to 14 boards. When gluing I made sure I got good clamp pressure by putting clamps on the top and bottom. When these panels were taken out of the clamps, they were run through the planer again (thankful for the 15" Planer), and then I put my Frued Glue Line blade in the table saw and ran the panels through the table saw to get matching edges to now put the four panels into two panels. So now it was time to put the two panels together and make one large top. For this glue up I pulled out the Bessey K-body clamps and used them on the top and bottom to get really even and good clamp for the final joint that would be right in the middle. After removing from the clamps it was the final sanding. I used a Porter Cable 4" x 24" belt sander to go over the top and make sure it was really flat. Then we sanded with 120 on the ROS and the final with 220 on the ROS. The top got a wipe down then a final run with the 220 ROS, one more wipe down. I put my Bora clamps on the ends and took my circular saw with a Freud 60 tooth blade and the top upside down to square up the ends and then the sides and bring it to the final size of 41" x 51" x 2". Putting the top down when cutting ensured a nice smooth edge and no tear out on the top. Wipe it down one more time and then we put the Mineral Oil on just like the cutting boards we do. Here you have one of the largest (Cutting Boards) I have made to date. When it arrives in Naples and gets installed and I get the pictures, I will post the finished, installed top.
  12. I started a few days ago on the Kitchen Island top out of Maple. I went over to the Wood Stash and got enough maple to bring to the shop and start working on. The top has to be 41"x51"x2". I got all of the boards cuts a little over size and ready for the jointer Ran one side across the jointer and ready to run through the planer. After it was run through the planer I stacked it all and put some clamps on it to just check my size and be sure I was going to be okay to start the glue up. That is going to be one large Island top. So last night I was looking at either gluing it up in three of four glue ups and them putting those together. So those are the three panels and I am thinking I am going to do it in four just to give me more working time and make it easier to pull them tight together. I should get them glued tonight or first thing in the morning. Well it was Thursday Morning before I got the panels glued. I decided to glue them into four sections and I am so glad I did. Once the clamps were on there it was almost too heavy for me to lift off the assembly table. Also to glue up all for sections has taken almost a gallon of Titebond III glue. 1st Panel 2nd Panel 3rd and 4th Panels It will most likely be Saturday morning before I start gluing the panels together. I think I will glue two panels together and then when they are dry, glue the two sections together.
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