Where do you clamp your tools?
Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:50 PM
Nut grinder vs poppy seed grinder by debunix, on Flickr
to my slide-out cutting board in my rental kitchen. The board is reasonably sturdy, but to keep it really stable, I only pull it out part way and thus endanger my knuckles against the nearby counter.
In the past, when I had a rental kitchen without such a board, I used a couple of big c-clamps to fix a piece of scrap lumber to my kitchen table, and clamped the tools to that (not wanting to wreck the finish/edge of the kitchen table).
Does anyone have a better idea for a built-in solution to this perpetual kitchen dilemma?
Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:00 PM
In the old kitchen it folded flat enough that it fit between the fridge and the wall.
Edited by andiesenji, 05 September 2012 - 09:01 PM.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:57 AM
Posted 06 September 2012 - 05:57 AM
If your kitchen design includes an island or peninsula, you can extend the countertop overhang by a few inches at the end, instead of the usual one inch. That's what I did when I planned my kitchen. It's barely noticable but gives me enough overhang to clamp on my pasta maker. To keep the clamp from damaging my countertops, I simply use a kitchen towel to protect it. Works like a charm.
That's what we did when we redid our last kitchen. I also asked the designer to specify that the overhang was a reasonable thickness to ensure the clamp could grip properly. If it had to do it again I would probably get a mix of countertop materials instead of all granite, including a nice, thick wooden countertop just for clamp-y sorts of things.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 12:06 PM
From the variety of suggestions here, though, it doesn't seem like there is any sort of 'standard' solution that I just haven't heard of. I'll try to see if we can fit in the slide-out cutting board and keep an eye out for a space for that folding cart to squeeze into as well.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:07 PM
Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:18 PM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:00 AM
Posted 08 September 2012 - 09:06 AM
Good point. As I recall, my Dad used something like that for some of work, but as I look at it, that requires some clamping itself to be of use.
I'd put some suction cups on the bottom to hold it to the Formica.
The other alternative is to get new tools that don't require clamping, like a burr grinder and meat grinder attachment for a mixer.
Posted 08 September 2012 - 12:54 PM
Posted 08 September 2012 - 03:29 PM
I'm not hearing of any super clever new options that would require me to revise the basic plans at this point, so I'll go ahead with making sure I get a nice sturdy pull-out breadboard built in now. If I Fung something super clever later, I am going to have to do this in two phases anyway (can't afford the cabinetry I'd really like to have everywhere just yet).