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Thread: Striking for a new kitchen cart

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    Striking for a new kitchen cart

    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
    http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21974&tagem=rv

    I like the aesthetics of it, but it only handles 84 lbs.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails red caster.jpg   blue caster.jpg   grey caster.jpg   ball caster.jpg  
    -Ned

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    Ned,
    I have a 300 pound quilting machine & table that's on four of those red 4" wheels, and my 110# wife can push it around over carpet, with little problem.

    I also have my 450 pound planer mounted on the same wheels, and they're holding up well. I got my wheels at Hartville Hardware. Their prices are pretty good.

    Whatever you do, don't use a rubber wheel. They'll get flat spots due to the weight. The red urethane ones don't do that.
    Jim D.
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    See what happens, make a couple of projects for the kids and the wife feels left out!! Sounds like a great idea, that bowling lane top will be great! Need to router a bowling pin or ball somewhere on the edge.
    Jon

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    Jim,
    thanks, poly for the wheels it is, I like the 5"ers, just have to work them into the budget. I think she'll be getting it as a stationary island at least initially. I'll make some temporary feet so it will wind up at the correct height, then when I can afford the wheels, I'll put them on and remove the feet.

    Jon,
    Just another project on my very long punch list, trust me. We've got a whole house full of stuff to tackle, but our kitchen table is a rickety hand me down and just winds up covered in clutter. She asked for a new island. I'm hoping that we can train the family (no single individual causes that much clutter) to drop their stuff somewhere else. She does seem happy that I'm out there using the shop these days though, which I'm very grateful for.
    -Ned

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    I was being sarcastic about all except for the bowling pin/ball idea. Think that would be a great conversation starter.
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    I was being sarcastic about all except for the bowling pin/ball idea. Think that would be a great conversation starter.
    Jon, I'm hoping that the island itself will do that, but I'm thinking about how to do the inlay just the same.

    But honey, I Needed the new Router Inlay kit to finish your project, honest!
    Thankfully she doesn't mind if I buy tools, so long as I put them to use.
    -Ned

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    Looks like the island is right up your alley and, as far as your wife's reaction, I think it will bowl her over! Don't spare anything in regards to base and casters. You want it to move easily because if she has to push hard on it it might move unexpectedly and strike another cabinet. Then you'll be on the hook to fix something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Looks like the island is right up your alley and, as far as your wife's reaction, I think it will bowl her over! Don't spare anything in regards to base and casters. You want it to move easily because if she has to push hard on it it might move unexpectedly and strike another cabinet. Then you'll be on the hook to fix something else.


    I'm Split on how to respond to this. I'm hoping to Spare the cabinetry from any further damage, so the double locking casters are a done deal, just a matter of budget.
    -Ned

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    it looks like mrs ned threw a nice strike with her non too subtle hint about the kitchen island. she figured since you have that bowling alley material, and more than enough pine to spare, it would be a good idea to get you out in the shop, making those frames. if you're worried about the asthetics of the wheels, you can always add a bit of a skirt to the bottom, just making sure to place the wheels so they have enough room to rotate without hitting.
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    Dan,
    I don't mind the industrial look, I'd be right at home in a loft with an open floorplan and all that, in fact if the house in va doesn't work out, I plan on looking for a 'flex' building to repurpose into a house/studio (photo)/woodshop.

    The wheels will be on display!
    -Ned

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