We recently bought a new home that has far too little kitchen space and storage. My wife wanted a kitchen isand with a butcher block, so I built her this. It was my first piece of actual proper furniture, with mortise and tenon joints, a drawer, a hanger for pots and pans, and a shelf for storage. The butcher block top is also removable for cleaning. The butcher block was constructed from ambrosia maple, with the base also in cherry and walnut.
Note: this first instagram post has many different photos (click the arrow).
Butcher block kitchen island on casters. I did it! I finished my first piece of proper furniture, complete with first attempt at mortise and tenons and a butcher block top. (Not counting the hastily slapped together keyboard stand). I made this for my wife @tam_a_ryn to add a little much-needed kitchen workspace and storage space in our new home. I first deigned it from scratch in SketchUp on my computer. The base is constructed from cherry (#brooksidelumber) while the butcher block top, drawer face, and bottom shelf slats are ambrosia maple (@rockler_woodworking). The drawer handle is walnut (from a nice guy on Craigslist) and the drawer itself is poplar. The hidden drawer support pieces are pine from a shipping pallet. This was also the first time I'd used a router (for the mortises and all the edges) and I'm particularly happy with the routered drawer face. The top is removable for washing and serving, and the shelf is also removable. The butcher block was soaked in mineral oil and conditioned with oil/beeswax (@bedillion.honey.farm) and the base was finished with 3 coats of polyurethane. The pots and pans hang from S hooks attached to an aluminum rod installed underneath (also my first time cutting metal). I was pretty shocked to find that everything fit pretty snugly and is level, despite plenty of errors (luckily my ugly tenons are hidden inside the mortises). This was such an educational experience! Even making my first trip to an actual lumber yard was intimidating at first (what's a "board foot"? lol. Kidding. I studied before I started). I definitely have a newfound appreciation for professional woodworkers and carpenters – and why real furniture is "expensive" compared to particle board Ikea crap. This took me a month on and off to finish.
The butcher block island cart for @tam_a_ryn starting to come together! The base is cherry and the top, shelf, and drawer front are ambrosia maple. Made the removable bottom shelf, which I was pleasantly surprised to find it fit perfectly and snugly. Next step: learn to build a drawer and install full extension slides. #woodworker #woodworking #kitchenisland #butcherblock #cherry #ambrosiamaple
My first time cutting mortises and tenons for my wife's butcher block kitchen island cart. They're far from perfect (with a few definite screw ups), but they dry fit snugly and the thing is level and straight! Still have to make a drawer, bottom shelf, and attach the removable butcher block. So much work!
First coat of oil on the ambrosia maple butcher block top of the kitchen island on casters I'm designing and building for my wife @tam_a_ryn. I just acquired a router yesterday and this is the first time I've ever used one. Pretty happy with how it turned out. The groove isn't perfect, but definitely a learning experience. #kitchenisland #butcherblock #countertop #woodworker #woodworking #ambrosiamaple
Working on my first ever butcher block, which will be the removable top of a kitchen island on casters for my wife. I picked up some gorgeous #ambrosiamaple at half price from @rockler_woodworking. For those curious, ambrosia maple is just maple that has been infected with ambrosia beetles. The beetles have a symbiotic relationship with fungi, which they cultivate on the walls of the galleries they bore in the wood. The beetle's larvae feed on the fungus. The fungus infects the surrounding tree tissue, causing discoloration. And this creates beautiful patterns and figure sought after by woodworkers. And it can kill the tree. #woodworking #butcherblock #cuttingboard #woodworker #diykitchen