Last spring, Mark K called me and asked if I would like a section of bowling alley, to which I said 'of course'. At the time I was thinking benchtop, but honestly, I'm more than covered on that front in my shop. I have three benches, and am probably going to be taking one of them down and storing the parts to gain room for a lathe stand.
So, what to do with the chunk of bowling alley? The LOML asked the other day if I still had it and I said 'of course', at which point she handed me the latest issue of This Old House magazine. They had a butcher block kitchen island. The bowling lane wouldn't be Butcher block, but it sure would be a solid top for an island.
I was out in the shop last night and finished clearing my benchtops of the clutter:
then I hauled this out and put it on my newfangled bench.
Roughly 2'x5' of Maple goodness, which has some dings and scratches, and some sort of a polyeurathane I'm guessing, which of course had to go.
About 45 minutes worth of work with the ROS and I now have this:
I asked the LOML what kind of legs she would like, and simple pine will do nicely she says. I have lots of that on hand thanks to the boys' bed and desk projects last week.
I still have to trim the ends off a bit however. One end will clean up nicely with a flush trim bit and my router:
The other end however, is going to be tricker. I'm going to have to clamp a straightedge and cut as deep as I can with my circular saw, then flip and hopefully get a good edge.
More to follow on that front this weekend.
Lori wants it on wheels, I have to run these by her
My initial thoughts are these:
5" double locking casters.
there are two smaller versions, the blue ones are 4" and though the attached image is a fixed, they also have a locking swivel available.
I've got to figure out the weight of that chunk of maple, I spotted this new (to me) wheel over at rockler
I like the aesthetics of it, but it only handles 84 lbs.