Introduction: Tool Chest Kitchen Island

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Who says a tool chest doesn't belong in a kitchen?! I certainly don't!


Just like many of us, I was running out of counter space and also wanted a place to eat in the kitchen. I shopped around and found that small tables around this size were going for around $200. I didn't want to pay $200 for a table that everyone else had. With small tweaks, I made this table at Techshop for around $150 and I love the way it looks.

http://techshop.ws/

Step 1: Materials

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1. Tool Chest on sale at Harbor Freight - $99.00

2. Home Depot Laminate wood - $ 30.00

3. Stain, clear finish, wood for drawers, double stick tape - $20.00

Step 2: Counter Top

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Using a table saw, cut the laminate wood to size.

Sand then stain the wood and let dry.

I lightly sanded with 250 grit then applied 3 coats of polyurethane finish.

I lightly sanded before applying the final coat.

Apply industrial double stick tape in between the top and the tool chest (or glue if you prefer).

Your counter top is done!

Step 3: Drawer Dividers

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I designed the files in Corel Draw. No comment on all the fast food sauce we have ;)

The files were used to cut the dividers on the Epilog Laser Cutter.

I wanted to maximize the space in the drawer, so I relied on the drawer itself to hold the outside frame together.

Place it in and sauces and things are organized!

I eventually want to make a holder for my utensils. I'm thinking about using the CNC shopbot to conform to the profiles of the utensils.

Step 4: Finishing Touch

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There was a US General tag on the right. I ripped that off to make it look cleaner, but there were two holes. I decided to laser cut and etch my own logo there.

I laser cut the logo and glued on a magnet.

Place it over the holes.

Comments

andy.knote (author)2014-12-30

That's a great alternate use of toolbox, if the kitchen has black appliance this looks great! If not, epoxy/ enamel paints available for refinishing appliances can transform any color to match!

crazypj (author)2014-05-25

I've been trying to convince my wife for a long time that one of the stainless steel toolbox base units at Costco would make a perfect movable island

craftclarity (author)2014-05-22

Love this. Gonna have to build one for my own kitchen...!

Looks like it could do double duty as a backyard BBQ station, thanks to the wheels!

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