Project Case Study: Custom Wood Island

Turned legs, maple butcher block featuring end-grain detail and a mixture of stainless steel and wood elements come together to create an unusual and challenging design puzzle for the Versatile Wood Products team as they work to create this custom kitchen island for a client in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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Here you see how the end grain has been integrated into the maple butcher block counter, creating a durable cutting surface and a beautiful checked pattern.

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Here’s a longer view of the counter, showing the unusual scale of the piece. A stainless steel prep sink and counter will be integrated into the triangular notch shown here, with extremely close tolerances needed for the end result to be flush on both edges. Versatile Carpenter Jeff Vasey has needed to customize each surface that intersects with the stainless steel counter to ensure a smooth transition between the two elements, resulting in at least one edge that tapers simultaneously in two different directions. You’d never know it to look at it, but some serious hands-on engineering goes into translating an architect’s design into a durable and high quality finished product.

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Here’s the stainless steel counter that will fit into the notch. It is still wearing its protective plastic skin while they finalize work on the counter surface.

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Here you can see the 10 turned legs that will form the base of the island. Electric outlets will be integrated into the island using a hollowed out  leg to hide the wires.

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Versatile Drafter/CNC Operator Rex Vaccaro creates detailed shop drawings for each custom cabinet we construct in our shop to ensure that the carpenters have all the information they need to successfully interpret the designer or architects vision.

We can’t wait to see that vision turned into a completed reality.

We’ll keep you posted.

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