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Build an Island Bench - Kevin Farrell

Build an Island Bench - Kevin Farrell

Build an Island Bench - Kevin Farrell

Build an Island Bench - Kevin Farrell

Build an Island Bench - Kevin Farrell

An island bench is a great addition to any kitchen. They offer additional storage space, a place to prepare meals and they can move around (if theyíre mobile) to where ever you need to work.

This project will take about one weekend, and is made from common materials and off-the-shelf hardware and accessories.

Step 1: Cut the parts to size. Mark and measure accurately and squarely. Then use a circular saw to cut the parts to size.

Step 2: Cut out the slots for the wine rack using a bench saw, circular saw or handsaw (if you feel energetic).

Step 3: Make the bench top. You can buy a laminated bench top off-the-shelf, laminate your own, or take Kevinís advice and make a solid timber top that you can prepare food on directly. Kevin used 32mm radiata pine, but you can use others. Use a plane to create a close-fitting, square joint. Then simply glue it together. Use Selleys Durabond, because itís resistant to water and oils, and is really strong. Cramp it until cured, trim to size, sand it flat and flush. Kevin made a groove around the top with a cove bit in a router. This will help prevent water and crumbs from landing on the floor.

Step 4: Assemble the cabinet. Paint it first if you donít mind showing the screws (for an industrial-look), or paint it after assembly. A word of warning Ė it will be fiddly and difficult to paint when assembled! Start by screwing the two ends to the top and bottom to form a box. Then fix in the division. Assemble the wine racks and screw them to the shelves, then slip them into the cabinet and screw them in. The wine racks can both face the same way, or you can have one each side.

Step 5:
Screw on the castors. Grey rubber wheels are quiet and kind to all types of floors (black rubber can leave skid marks). At least two castors should have brakes.

Step 6: Screw down the timber top from underneath, and oil it with vegetable oil. This will protect it and still allow you to prepare food directly on the surface with tainting food.

tip Kev ís Tip:
Avoid using hardwoods for a food preparation surface, because most of them have tannins and oils that will leach into foods when wet Ė yuck! Softwoods will be kinder to your knives too. They will scratch and mark over time but thatís the idea Ė character.

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