Anyone build a motorized sliding table in your kitchen?
In another thread I ran into a conflict with trying to separate too many zones from one another so my solution was to take a butcher block countertop that was standalone in one section of the kitchen and move it close to the main sink and build it into the cabinets. When I need to use the butcher block table, I can flick a switch and it will extend out from the cabinets. The legs of the table would be wide, thus giving additional stability support and also allowing the legs to be functional cabinet drawers.
Butcher Block inside the cabinets:
Butcher Block extended out from the cabinets:
The most obvious alternative to avoiding building this is to replace the stone countertop with a 4" butcher block countertop in the section shown, but the downside here is the aesthetic effect of having the countertop material change in the middle of an extended run. I've seen countertop material changes at the ends of countertops and I don't find them displeasing, and in fact I think that they can be quite pleasing. My concern is the look of the overall kitchen if I break up the countertop. Does anyone have any photos in their files where this has been done? I'd love to see them.
My solution to avoiding the abrupt change in material is to simply lower the butcher block just below the countertop material and make it a pull out. In terms of hiding the table, I can do that by using cabinet facing on the edge of the butcher block material.
As for floor wear and tear, I'm thinking of using granite strips for where the wheels would travel and to incorporate their placement into an overall floor design so that they look integrated rather than standing apart and isolated. Secondly, if after a decade of use the strips start to show wear from the wheels, the strips can be replaced.