Tuesday, May 1, 2012

the kitchen island ... over and out




5/1 12 ... ok, the curly maple island is ready to go ... we're going to move it in one piece to the site tomorrow, weather permitting.  it was an interesting project, more complicated than it looks, and we're looking forward to seeing it later this week with its granite top and sink installed in its new home.  we finished it at the client's request with a wash coat of shellac and two wipe on coats of waterlox.  very smooth feeling and easy to apply.  fast drying too ... good job trevor ...
 end view with the open shelves for large pots
 other end
stool side ... still can't figure out this new blogger interface ... i may have to actually watch the video ..
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island update 4/11 ..... ok, we're coming along now ... after working out the construction details with the full size corner mockup in the two photos at the bottom of this post, we started actual construction by building the kick space directly on top of our full size cardboard layout drawing. on this drawing seen below, (a bad image, poorly photoshopped to compensate for low contrast and glare) we laid out our cabinet and corner post lines, the sink, and inverted between the orange lines, our vertical section which shows panel and face frame details .. click the photos to enlarge them ....
from that drawing and the original mockup, we turned our round column bases that the octagon columns sit on. we then drilled the rounds for timberlock lag screws which we used to attach the round bases to the tablesawn octagons. the orange arrows on those indicate the sawn faces which came out ever so slightly smaller than the planed faces ... it seems impossible to get them all perfectly the same size but we wanted the face that our face frames attached to to be all the same size. follow that? good for you. we notched the octagons for the face frames and routed L shaped recesses in the round bases for the little bead moldings that allowed us to transition the beveled tops of the turnings to the panels. got that? really good ... i think you can see that detail in the mockup too.
i forgot to mention we also had to cut a freehand 'corner' out of each round where it intersected the toe space on the bandsaw before attaching the whole deal to the kick with more timberlocks ... got that?... i'm trying not to bore you with all the details; but there were certainly a lot of things to think about on this project before we could even begin ...
now we're on to the more straightforward part of the construction where we build the boxes and add the face frames and panels ...
one more shot of the base with its curly maple kick faces and all the columns in place.
and we had a moment where we stopped to appreciate mother nature's veneer work with the naked lady doing a handstand ... fun!part of the project was that the owner would supply the wood, but after struggling mightily to make silk purses from not so great material, the owner graciously allowed us to get a bunch of matched curly maple lumber from our friends at irion, and you just can't believe how much happier we all are ... piece after consistent piece .... beautiful panel after beautiful panel, matched drawer face with matched drawer face ... it's a true pleasure to work with their stuff ....
tomorrow we will finish the frame joinery and assemble it all for a test fit before gluing all the panels up .... more as we move it along ... we're liking it ...

3/27/12

we have a new kitchen island project getting underway in the shop ... all natural curly maple with a stone top. open shelves,drawers, a recess for seating, pretty straightforward except for the octagonal columns on the corners .... finished my full size mockup today and once that is approved, we'll have at it ... click the photos to enlarge them ...
here are the cad drawings that we made from the owners graph paper layouts ... the plan view shows some of the complications where the octagonal columns meat the panels and cabinetry and open shelves but conceptually at least, i think we have it worked out .... we're currently working from a full size 4' x 8' cardboard plan view which is a great tool for making cut lists and box sizes. we find the full size things can minimize errors and they don't take too long to create ...
since i sent these photos to the client, i thought i might add these examples of other islands we have built in case you are thinking about designing one yourself. the island above is in my home ... cherry counters with tile around the stove; the seating on the end is where we live, lunch and dinner, good for up to 5 people seated ...
and we built this one in 2007 i think ... it even made it into house beautiful ... actually, it was one of my very first blog posts in october of 2007
another view of it ... the rest of the kitchen and the reclaimed chestnut stools are ours too ...
and here's a nice walnut island for the same client who got the walnut paneled room in 2009...another wash painted island, very similar in detailing to my own kitchen ... we did some tin punching on that project ... and then there's 'the big island' ... almost a continent by some reports ... quartered white oak
and here we arrive at the mockups for our new project ... the octagons seemed simple until i actually had to add the kick spaces and the turned round pedestals ...
the base will be the first piece and it will have a 3/4" top that the cabinetry will be attached to from above ... like a really big puzzle ... more photos as we progress ....

on site but the house isn't quite finished



2 comments:

Deep India said...

Wow, wonderful blog with step by step process, keep doing good work, Good Luck !!

Chesterfield suite said...

well..i can imagine that how long and complex is this procedure of kitchen improvement. its not that much easy as it seems..