August 6, 2010
Good timing is always a welcome thing. In this case, friends inquired about the feasibility of an affordable kitchen island with a chopping block top just days after I caught someone trying to throw away a chunk of old oak countertop. They said perfect. I said let’s do this.
I added the drop leaf, expanding the work surface from 2′x3′ to 2′x4′ on demand, in order to use the entire slab of old countertop. It’s extra tall because my friends are too. A food-safe mineral oil and beeswax blend, brings the oak to life without giving it that dated varnished oak sheen. We kept it open underneath to acommodate stools and expand the social potential of their small apartment when the cooking is complete.
A tight budget can go a long way when the timing is right.