Published at Thursday, November 15th 2018. by Jeanette Wright in Kitchen Table.
my kitchen is a fairly small one, so I needed to address some of the storage issues like where to put a microwave and other things in the kitchen. So what I did was, I did more of a boxed-in design. Instead of an open frame design and on the left-hand side, there are doors and there's doors on both side that match there's a shelf and then the bottom of it has a floor in it. So you can really fill this up with a lot of stuff. I've got the microwave and some cookbooks on the shelf with different odds and ends underneath on the right hand, side.
I've got a series of four drawers increasing in size as you go down, and these drawers slide through both sides of the island, giving you access from both sides. So that's a pretty handy thing, depending on what side you're working on when it comes to the materials. The top is made from yellow pine in the base is made from spruce and half-inch plywood.
So all these materials plus the hardware use, can all be purchased from Lowe's Home Depot or similar type of hardware store. I first start out by prepping the lumber for the top I'm using two by tens ripped up into about two and a quarter or two and a half inch sections it that dimension doesn't really matter just depends on how thick you want the top to be so.
I'm ripping these to be oversized because, after it's all glued up I'll plane down these sections before joining them into the full top and there are no mechanical fasteners between these sections, each one is roughly just a little under well, it's about 12 inches each and reason for that is my planer is a twelve and a half inch planer, so I'll glue up these sections and then I plane down afterward and that makes the tops very smooth and then once all these tops were planed. I use my tracks all to joint the edges.
So I'm using it like a joiner to cut the edges straight at 90 degrees to join up the three sections, I'm using a biscuit joint and I'm not using them for strength, but for its alignment. When you use a biscuit joiner, you are indicating from the top every time, so it cuts all those little biscuit slots the same from the top face of the kitchen island, then, once you slide them together, the tops are nice and flush and any sort of irregularity Or unevenness is easily sanded away in the end, as long as your biscuit joiner is cutting nice and accurate.
I use pipe clamps for my glue up and just make sure that you have even pressure top and bottom to avoid the bowing that pipe clamps can kind Of put into your pieces next up, I needed to prep the material for the legs on the island, there's a leg in each corner and then there's a center divider. That has a vertical part. That is the same dimension as those legs which, in my project is 2 inches.
I started out with some 2 by 6 material ripped it in half and then cut it to a rough length and then glued each pair together and did them all at once, like that, just with the glue every other joint once these pieces are dry, remove them From their clamps and then joint to faces, this is the start of dimension them down to their final dimension of 2 inches once they're jointed, I take them to the table, saw and rip it closely to 2 inches, but bring them down to their final dimension. On my thickness planer next up, I turn my attention to the feet and they are basically the same construction as the legs.
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