I made this kitchen island for a local customer. The family wanted an island that would satisfy specific storage needs, while matching the kitchen’s décor. The kitchen has rustic oak cabinetry and a hardwood floor. It was important for the island to appear authentically antique, with worn painted edges.
So I made a large quartersawn oak tabletop that matched the look and feel of a butcher’s block. The tabletop’s breadboard ends allow for seasonal wood movement. Joinery within the tabletop was left visible, as is often seen in antiques. The base holds three dovetailed drawers that can be opened from either side of the island. Behind the center door is a storage bin and one extendable drawer. The storage space at each end holds an adjustable shelf. The heavy weight of this piece makes for a solid and stable kitchen island.