Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Redwood counters for the outdoor kitchen

Well, it wouldn't be summer without a woodworking project, would it?

A complete renovation of our kitchen has driven us outside this summer, and so I've created a temporary kitchen on the patio that has turned out to be very pleasant and functional:

I've enjoyed the experience of cooking and cleaning up outside so much, in fact, that I've decided to make it a little less makeshift. I also have this pile of redwood, left over from a deck we had removed this spring, and I'm looking for projects for it:

I don't want anything that looks heavy or massive, so I've decided to make two trestle counters, one for food preparation and one which will hold a stainless steel sink. Yesterday I milled some boards to freshen the surface and square them up, and glued them together for the top of the prep counter:

When it was dry, I squared the edges and screwed battens to the underside, making sure that I elongated the drill holes for the end screws, to accommodate wood movement:

Today I'll mill the wood for the rest of it, and if all goes well, start on the mortises for the legs. Stay tuned.

5 comments:

  1. The milled redwood is beautiful...How cool that cooking outside has spurred your creativity! Necessity is the mother of all inventions. gail

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  2. Love the look of the redwood. There is something satisfying about working with beautiful grain materials.

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  3. I am very impressed. Didn't know you channeled Norm Abram (from This Old House). :-)

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  4. Great job, wooden furniture looks great on your outdoor kitchen since it matches the surroundings.

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