Rustic Cedar Kitchen Island

The original plans were altered to measure 6 feet long to fit the space. The top is all cedar which I had planned to keep unfinished and oil each month. Well, that was the plan until I found that it was very hard to clean with kids eating on it and because the 2x4 boards were screwed down, they allowed a lot of food, water to seep through.  Some of the boards began splitting and warped considerably.  Then I discovered the pocket hole jig!!  I took the top off, gave a good sand to them and attached all with pocket hole screws which tightened them up so much that I needed to add an extra 2x4 to adequately cover the top of the island. I also added a breadboard to the end to give it that finished look.  To fill in the grooves I used wood filler with a dark pigment, and gave it a really good sanding after it dried. I then applied Varathane in 4 coats to the top after using steel wool in between coats.  Gives it a lovely natural cedar patina and keeps the breadcrumbs out.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$250
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Cedar
Finish Used
Special Walnut stain from Minwax on everything except for top and drawer fronts. Varathane Diamond Water based Wood Finish
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner