Dog Town [07/30/2009]
That looks like the long grain is horizontal, therefore it is a cutting board, not a butcher block, which would have endgrain vertical.
looks nice...but i am worried about that trash drawer snapping off!
Dog Town, I had to look that up. LOL. Wikepedia says that a butcher block is both, and doesn't state what a cutting board is either way. So here is my 2 cents, a butcher block is a large surface, normally thick (1 1/2" or more) and typically used as a counter or island top. A cutting board is a small "board", sometimes decorative, used to cut things like vegies, chicken, etc on. A cutting board can be glass, plastic, wood, etc and is thin (3/4 or less) and can be stored in a drawer.
I think the project looks great, but I agree with eric as well. The trash door may be vulnerable. The drawer should not have a bottom and the lip of the can should sit on the drawer, the drawer being mounted up high and the can going through it. This way the guides are closer to your pull and don't have awkward leverage when opened. In this case the user will pull the door open but the leverage will be awkward to the guides. Thus creating stress at the bottom of the door. You can find trash pull outs from rev-a-shelf to see how they are constructed. Thanks for sharing
I have had the same setup in my own kitchen for seven years without the soft close feature. The face front experiences very little resistance when tugged open due to the Blum tandem glides. The soft close feature on the island prevents any slamming distress that would be the more stressful action that the face would experience. Don't worry. I won't. The customer is exstatic, even after shelling out $3,500. for the piece. (This is Hawaii). She designed it, er-rather 'dreamed it'. The engineering was a bitch.
That trash setup is one I dreamed up. I've used it countless times. No complaints yet. I've not only saved the $!00. or so you pay from Rev-a-shelf, but they're not available with soft-close glides. It works great.
No comments on the finish? The customer had me mimic an asian antique she found at a garage sale. I used flat black undercoat, sanded the paint off all the corners, then finished with Magna-max satin. It came out looking 100 years old. I had never done anything like that before. That's why the price. The entire carcase interior and shelves are black laminate plywood for durability and hygiene. The P-Lam is undetectable, even on the shelf surface. The maple top is sprayed on salad bowl finish topped and maintained with hand applied Mineral Oil. Ancient East meets Techno-West.
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Jed Dinger [08/11/2009]
$3500 is a VERY fair price, given that materials cost was probably between 500-800, and hours were between 50-60. It's custom and can't be compared to anything ready-made. And I assume your delivery (with a helper and your truck) was included. Nice job, I like the flared legs, just enough flare to make it interesting without overpowering it. Now she needs to update the rest of the kitchen to match :)