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Space Problem in a Kitchen

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

  1. 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

    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

    Straightedge clamped in place

    Pile of all the cut wood

    Clamping the pieces in place for the edge bevel

    More clamping and weight added for a spot that we didn't have a clamp that could reach

    Edge rounded over

    Corner radius cut and rounded over


    First coat of paint done



    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:

  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Dude! That looks incredible! Great job!
  3. Strohsx


    Aug 16, 2011
    Looks really nice, I've been building more than buying these days too.

    What kind of paint did you use?
  4. 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.

  5. Now that's what I call resourcefulness! :D
  6. 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.
  7. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    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
  8. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Nice! I've got a tiny bungalow so I appreciate space efficiency!
  9. All problems can be solved with power tools, and if you have one that can't be, you need different power tools.

  10. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal

    Looks awesome!
  11. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    Your sir, are a master!
  12. 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!
  13. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    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.
  14. Also,

    Let us know how that bass turns out :bassist:
  15. 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.

  16. hover


    Oct 4, 2008

    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.
  17. Well done sir!
  18. Strohsx


    Aug 16, 2011
    Psh,I started mine 3 years ago, it's still two slabs of wood.
  19. 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.

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