|Wrong, do over time.|
It had to happen, I can only put off working on a project for so long before it gets noticed. I was sure I had actually managed to buy all the needed supplies for the stovetop cabinet but was unsure where to start. Plus, I did have to catch up on a bunch of little things around the house. Yesterday, I started back in on the kitchen project. I had purchased some six foot lengths of black iron pipe so I could move over my pipe clamps to longer lengths. This worked out very well. Each pipe clamp assembly goes for about $35 so just getting a new chunk of pipe saved a lot of money. I found several clamps I had forgotten about. I picked them up at a yard sale last year for $5/each, a great find! I assembled the entire frame and was trying to install the long pieces but was having issues with the wood splitting. I had split the top out of one leg in two different directions and was trying to figure out how to repair it when I noticed my mistake. I had shortened the very front piece to make a toe cutout so when you stand next to the cupboard your foot slides under the countertop, thus allowing your body to be closer and you don’t have to lean. I did not do a perfect mirror image and ended up with the cutout on opposite sides! This worked out in the long run as I replaced the board that had been split twice. Unfortunately, I had only purchased exactly as much lumber as I needed. So the dogs and I had to go to town. While at the lumber store I complained about the wood splitting and was sold a countersink to start the holes. It was a life saver, and made all the difference.
|Corrected stand, butcher block top drying.|
Once the stand was completed correctly I went out to assemble the butcher block top. I am using oak flooring. I just glued it at each joint and then clamped it all together. Since I am cutting out the majority of the countertop, there is only 7 inches on each side and 2 inches front and back, I opted to glue the boards on their long sides. I thought this would give me a wider look to the space. I cut out the 3/4 inch plywood square that goes underneath it also. Today, I will cut out the hole and drop the pieces into it as a test fit before I cut out the butcher block top. I want it to work first.