Company: Sandford Woodworking
Owner: Stuart Sandford
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This island cabinet is 35″ tall x 4′ long x 30″ deep. The counter is 5’x4 1/2″.
Stock Used: Pine
Finish: English Chestnut Stain From Minwax
To make things go quickly I went ahead and stick built the frame, but keep in mind the faceframe is always best if you use pocket holes and screws. This not only makes for a better structure it keeps things straight and more professional looking. The demensions on the cabinet are standard including the drawers.
The entire island was built using 3/4 Pine Shelving. I wanted it all to match so I even used it on the top as you see in the image below. You can use a sheet of hardwood but not only will that cost a lot, you will have to cover the edges with veneer. So I went with the Pine on the counter top as well.
Regarding the raised panels, I cut them using the table saw – Using the miter on the table saw, put the blade at 10 degrees and run the panel through on each side. Do this for all of the raised panels. If you aren’t comfortable making the raised panels, just make the doors and sides flat. They look good either way, but the raised panels give it a fancier touch.
Again I did this for the sides as you see below:
And for the back where the bar stools are going to be. I doubled these up one on top of the other. The customer preferred it that way but if you want just a flat panel you can do this by attaching the 12″ shelving one on top of the other if you run them long ways, or if you want to go up and down with them you can.
Since the customer wanted a bar with stools coming out of the end, I went ahead and built it (without attaching it to the cabinet) so that everything will be ready for finishing it with the stain all at once.
I cut the insert into the counter top with my router. The customer purchased 3 cutting boards to slide into the opening. It would be best not to make the inserts permanent if they are cutting boards so they can get a thorough cleaning. It all depends on what you are putting but even if they are just decoration the cleaning process would be easier if they could come out.
I stained the drawers separately and added them in with the slides. The drawer slides you purchase are going to depend on what you can afford, but the ones that are a little more expensive with the bearings in them work the best and are sturdier. They will take more abuse, and drawers get abuse.
Here is a side view of the island once the cutting board insert is in there. It would be good to do as I have done here and make supports for the bar itself since the counter comes out. I used the 3/4 shelving for this as well.
Here is a view from the other side facing the range.
The project took about FIVE 12″ x 3/4 sheets of pine. The cost is going to depend on what your lumber store charges for the material, but it shouldn’t be too bad. Here is the front view of the island cabinet again: