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A Little Rotation = A Lot More Room

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1/23/12

Background:
1. I love the rustic, back-woods look for my home, especially in my kitchen
2. I am not a good housekeeper – important to know since I am showing pictures of my kitchen!
3. I have a dining room area next to the kitchen and this is where we eat—or used to!

 

The Furnishings
1. an “island” that Rick and I made from an old waterbed and some 4×4 posts for the legs
2. a storage unit made from some roughcut pine and an old window
3. a garbage container, again made from roughcut pine
4. a couple antique stools for accessing all the shelves that beyond my reach

Here is my window storage.Most people would cringe to have it in their outdoor shed, hidden from view, but I love it!
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And here is my “island”
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The Before
In the project photo you see how my kitchen has looked for some time (except that where the wooden garbage container sits was located my window storage unit.

 

The Middle
One morning last week, I woke up thinking “turn the island table 90 degrees”. Out of the blue came the thought. How strange but, I’ve learned to trust that little voice that typically speaks great wisdom. :D

 

The After
And so I moved the window storage shelf and rotated the island.

Oh my, oh my …. so much MORE room and cooking/baking was so much more convenient. Who knew!! Oh, right.. that little voice knew.

There was so much room actually, that I thought I could add a flip-up shelf on the edge of the island allowing us to eat in the kitchen. Brilliant!!

So I went to the Lee Valley site to find appropriate hinges.
These are what I decided on.

(photo from the Lee Valley website)

 

When they arrived in the mail, I have to admit that we were a little confused as how to make them work. The main issue was, to be honest, that we couldn’t get them to spring open. A quick email to Lee Valley and the next day we had our answer—be careful, they are springloaded like a mousetrap .. a very STRONG mousetrap. So with a little grunting we had them open and with the help of the instruction sheet Lee Valley emailed us, Rick added my shelf.

A pull upwards and we have our eating area or extended workspace and by pushing the hinges inwards they unlock and the shelf lowers, out of the way.

 

There is STILL so much room, even with it up, that I am pretty sure we will never put the shelf down again. Underneath it sits our two stools – finally having a place to sit when not in use. Yah!!

MsDebbieP is a very happy camper!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada



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Karson

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posted 01-23-2012 10:38 PM

Looks like a great addition to your eating area. My daughter wants me to make an Island for their kitchen.

Is the shelf locked in place until you need/want to lower it.

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 01-24-2012 12:32 AM

yes.. the hinges, according to the website are good for: 88 lb capacity

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-24-2012 12:33 AM

oh and these hinges, if the table allows, will flip completely underneath and secure with a little latch (as shown on the website).

For me, they just drop down at 90 degrees.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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LeeJ

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posted 01-24-2012 01:24 PM

Hi Ms. Debbie;

You don’t seem to be the type of person to spend half her life cleaning something that doesn’t need cleaning. And your kitchen looks to be plenty clean! Not to mention the 28 million other things you’re already doing!

That is a nice idea, and it sure does open things up. Those look like impressive hinges.

Nice job.

Lee

-- http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-24-2012 01:28 PM

thanks Lee. .. yah, housework is definitely on the bottom of my “to do” list.

the hinges work really well.. easy to put down, and snap back up.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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LeeJ

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posted 01-24-2012 01:39 PM

Just think…if you spent your time doing house work, where would be a whole bunch of “homeless” woodworkers. lol

Lee

-- http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-24-2012 01:47 PM

hey I like that … I should make a sign for my door—-

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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LeeJ

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posted 01-24-2012 04:25 PM

A dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Lee

-- http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 01-24-2012 04:30 PM

a burden I carry.. sigh :D

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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RichardPhuket

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posted 08-02-2012 03:59 AM

This definitely shows that with some creativity we can make a small space feel and look bigger. Great job and thank you for sharing!

-- Richard Dillon - http://propertyforsalephuket.co.uk

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MsDebbieP

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posted 08-02-2012 08:55 AM

thanks!

I still can’t believe that I have enough room for the big table and a couple of chairs that I have since added.

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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