Space Problem in a Kitchen

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by iamlowsound, Nov 15, 2011.


  1. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

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    Back story. My wife and I moved into an apartment with an extremely small kitchen and no place with a large enough spot to put a table at which to sit and eat. After shopping forever for a table that would fit the space we had to work with, we got the idea to build a table that would no only serve the purpose of being a place to eat, but would also give us more counter space.

    The original space
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    After measuring, designing and buying the supplies, I started cutting wood. I should mention that my dad's table saw (what I was using as I lack my own wood working tools) is not large enough to make some of the cuts needed, so we improvised and made most of the cuts with a skill saw with a fine tooth blade in it.

    Lining up the straightedge for the skill saw cut
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    Straightedge clamped in place
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    Pile of all the cut wood
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    Clamping the pieces in place for the edge bevel
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    More clamping and weight added for a spot that we didn't have a clamp that could reach
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    Edge rounded over
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    Corner radius cut and rounded over
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    Painting
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    First coat of paint done
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    Installed!
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    In the end, it took $87 to build and install, and less than 6 hours to build. The table took four coats of paint and four coats of Miniwax Polyurethane to finish. The only thing that I would do different next time is to put a sealer coat on before I started with the paint. MDF has a lot of bleed through and it forced me to do more coats of paint that I had anticipated. Also, the portion under the window folds down to give more room for walking if it is needed, I don't have a picture of that, but I will try to snap one tonight.

    The most important part? My wife is ecstatic about how it turned out:hyper:

    lowsound
  2. tplyons

    tplyons

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    Dude! That looks incredible! Great job!
  3. Strohsx

    Strohsx

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    Looks really nice, I've been building more than buying these days too.

    What kind of paint did you use?
  4. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

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    Cheap no name latex paint. I knew I could get it on smooth with a foam brush and I could get the desired sheen from the poly. If this was going to be in a place that we plan on being in long term, I would have done something different for the paint. The most important thing is doing a good job of sanding in between layers.

    lowsound
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  6. stratovani

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    Now that's what I call resourcefulness! :D
  7. Ben Lesser

    Ben Lesser

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    That looks awesome! Good work, man.

    The place I've recently moved into has needed a lot of odds-and-ends work done to it, as well, and I've been learning lots about stuff like this to fix it up with.
  8. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

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    Gotta admit I was expecting to see that you had a tiny black hole in your kitchen. Wasn't thinking that it was THIS kind of space problem. Way to go dude. Way to man up and solve problems with powertools. Cheers! :D
  9. elgecko

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    Nice! I've got a tiny bungalow so I appreciate space efficiency!
  10. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

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    All problems can be solved with power tools, and if you have one that can't be, you need different power tools.

    lowsound
  11. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

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    +!

    Looks awesome!
  12. Linas

    Linas

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    Your sir, are a master!
  13. i_got_a_mohawk

    i_got_a_mohawk

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    Very nicely done.

    I would have lazed-out on that one and just gotten a folding table where the wings could be folded down and the thing just pushed into the space!
  14. hover

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    Dude, nice clean work. You should be proud, and your Wife pleased, as you've said. Very sleek and understated and modern without overbearingly so.
  15. i_got_a_mohawk

    i_got_a_mohawk

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    Also,

    Let us know how that bass turns out :bassist:
  16. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

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    I have a thread about it in the Luther's corner, but I haven't made much progress on in it in a year.

    Thanks for all the comments, I had a lot of fun building it. I have always wanted to build a dinning room table, I just never figured that I would get to do it. I highly recommend working with MDF for anything that you build that is getting painted. It is extremely easy to work with, cheap, and looks great.

    lowsound
  17. hover

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    Agreed. I will only add that in working with this material, much like any other, use adequate ventilation and wear a mask, doubly so becuase these MDF boards contain formaldehyde and you don't wanna breathe that.
  18. Waffles and Scotch

    Waffles and Scotch

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  19. Strohsx

    Strohsx

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    Psh,I started mine 3 years ago, it's still two slabs of wood.
  20. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

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    I started mine in grade 12, which would be 5 years ago. I have everything I need for it, just no time to work on it. good thing the table only took a fees weeks of working on it an hour here and there.

    lowsound
  21. iamlowsound

    iamlowsound

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    I finally snapped a few photos of the part of the table that folds down to create more space.

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    lowsound

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