My wife has wanted a kitchen island for a lot of years. A lot of years. Its been my ongoing shame that I have yet been able to provide her with one. The kitchen in our old house was just far too small for me to come up with a workable design. The new house however, has plenty of room. So the discussion of a kitchen island came back to the forefront of conversation.
I just finished building a new, larger workbench (I do have priorities) and it just so happens that I now have an extra workbench sitting around now. I then began looking at how I might turn the old bench into kitchen island. It also happens that I have a couple of doors and drawers left over after the dishwasher install. After a few sketches and lots of measuring a plan was hatched.
So, with a slightly used, well-loved workbench, some left over doors and drawers, a few scraps of wood and a little hillbilly engineering the kitchen island project was underway.
I enlarged and squared the vise opening to accommodate one of the leftover drawers. I also began enclosing the bottom cabinet area.
I cut down the rear apron so that it was flush with what was the tool well. I also framed in the ends to receive the doors from the old cabinetry. As well as adding a piece of trim at the bottom of the newly formed cabinetry. Mostly just to cover up the ugly.
One last edition to finish out the build, a mixer lift. This was close, the mixer fits with just a 1/4″ of clearance on each side.
The coming week will be filled with sanding, filling of nail holes and applying a finish.
Greg Merritt Part 2