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Old 03-23-2012, 12:16 AM   #1
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extra counter space in kitchen

I was looking for a cutting board-stove cover (my stove does not have a cover). After pricing a decent cutting board the size I needed I had sticker shock, I then had an idea how about a wooden TV tray with the legs taken off??? It worked and the center slide part on the bottom of the tray fits in between the grates on my stove. I put a piece of non slip shelf liner on the bottom and leave it on the stove while driving. I have no pilot light and make sure the burners are cold before replacing the cover.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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nuisance: have you got a photo of your cover? Sounds like a great idea!

Here's a pic of what I just did. I made an 18" x 24" cover for the cooktop from a piece of 1/2" cabinet grade plywood, glued a piece of laminate to it and trimmed it off with maple edging all around. I made a support at the front and at the rear, I traced an outline of the cooktop on cardboard and transferred it to a piece of maple. The new top locks in place between the wall and cooktop and won't move around. It sure adds a lot of useable counter space and you can prep stuff on it. We'll tuck it away somewhere for travelling.

After I made this and had it finished, I discovered that the factory countertop had a warp in it. Crap. So I had to remove about 1/8" on one side of the front support to make it sit flat.

This was a BIG brownie point winner (multiple points on this one) for the woman in my life....

Off to the right, you can also see a sink cutting board I made up from an ordinary store-bought one. I made a template and trimmed it to fit, sanded it down and added a finger hole. I also added a flip up counter extension at the far right which you can't see. Lotsa useable counter space now!

If you have a stove as opposed to a cooktop, you could do a smiliar thing. I looked all over the 'net for a factory made one that would work to no avail. The metals ones that fold just wouldn't work. You can't use them for a work surface.

If it's a wooden cutting board surface you really want, check out out www.countrymouldings.com. They have a big selection of cutting blocks and wood counter tops and the best pricing I was able to find anywhere. Problem is with these is they are going to be at least 1" thick and thus heavy, being made from solid hardwood.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:08 PM   #3
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Will take pics these weekend..........Doing alot of Mods, most are minor but still worth doing. Looks good by the way..
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Will take pics these weekend..........Doing alot of Mods, most are minor but still worth doing. Looks good by the way..

Bought a TV tray, removed the legs and the metal strap on the bottom. The two blocks of wood fits between the rack of my stove. I put a piece of non slip shelf liner on the bottom.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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Great idea, there is never never to much counter space. Be sure to remove it if you operate the oven.
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