Butcher Block with Compost Container
I've never lived in a house with a dishwasher (well once when I was 18 my roommates and I had one but it didn't work so well). Luckily, although dishwasher free, my kitchen had one cabinet that was twenty-four inches wide: a perfect spot to put one. With a love for home-cooked meals and a lack of counter space, it made sense to keep the old cabinet and repurpose it as a movable butcher block. Being all about utility and entertaining, I figured having a mobile chopping space could come in handy in all sorts of situations. I decided to go with some industrial locking casters because nobody wants to be wielding a knife while what their chopping is rolling away. Depending on the type of cabinet your using, you'll need to affix the casters based on the materials. With a thick wood cabinet you might be able to get away with self-tapping screws or something. In this case the cabinet is metal so I had to drill holes first and use nuts and bolts. For the top, the best deal I've found for butcher block is the wood counter top at IKEA. It's inexpensive and looks good (don't forget to oil once a week for a while with mineral oil). For the compost container I used a three and a half inch cup drill bit which cut surprisingly well through the butcher block. The screw part of a wide-mouth Ball jar will fit snugly in the hole from the drill and if it's not super snug, you can use some glue to keep it in there. When you need to take the compost out you can just unscrew the jar from the bottom and bring it out. You may want to cut a small lid for the hole especially for summer when scraps are stinky. The only fix I'm looking to add is some sort of ring for the top of the compost hole so that crumbs don't get caught in the crack between the lid and the wood.