Easy Kitchen Island Plans

Difficulty
Beginner
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An easy to build solid wood kitchen island, featuring two large shelves and a large wood work surface.

I was very much inspired by the diy Kitchen Island built by Michaela at The Garden's Eden she did an beautiful job!

While I loved the original plan, I didn't really feel like attempting drawers and my circular saw doesn't do notching...

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I was very much inspired by the diy Kitchen Island built by Michaela at The Garden's Eden she did an beautiful job!

While I loved the original plan, I didn't really feel like attempting drawers and my circular saw doesn't do notching...

Blog: http://www.domesticjenny.com/2011/02/diy-kitchen-island-plans.html (ANA NOTE: Make sure you check out Jenny's blog for lots more DIY projects - she's amazing!)
Skill Level: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $100-$150

Dimensions
54″ wide, 27″ deep, 36″ tall

Preparation

Shopping List

15 – 1x2s @ 8ft
4 – 1x4s @ 6ft (or 2 – 1x4s at 10′ if you can find them)
6 – 2x4s @ 6ft
4 – 2×6 @ 10ft
2 1/2″ Screws
1 1/4″ screws
1 1/2″ Screws (I prefer Kreg screws to avoid pre-drilling!)
Kreg Jig (seriously love that thing)
Stain, paint, whatever finish you’re going for

Cut List

4 – 2×4 @34 1/2″ (Legs)
2 – 2×6 @ 49″ (front and back support for counter)
2 – 2×6 @ 17 1/2″ (side support for counter)
3 – 1×2 @ 21″ (support for counter)
4 – 1×4 @ 49″ (shelf support)
56 – 1×2 @ 24 1/2″ (shelves)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Level
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Start by attaching the side support to the legs using the Kreg Jig™ to drill pocket holes in the side supports and using 2 1/2″ screws to attach the legs. Attach the legs with the wider side of the 2×4 flush with the side support.

Step 2

After you have both sides complete, attach the front and back supports the same way, by drilling Kreg pocket holes into the front and back supports and using 2 1/2″ screws.

Step 3

The white circles should be where you position your pocket holes.

Step 4

Now flip the whole piece over so the top is on a flat level surface. Using the Kreg Jig™ drill pocket holes into the ends of the shelf supports and attach each one to the legs at 2 1/2″ and 16 1/2″ from the bottom using 1 1/2″ screws.

Step 5

Step 6

After your shelves are complete it’s time for the counter!

Lay out all 5 2x6s and line them up evenly. Place the 1x2s 2 1/2″ from the edge and 3 1/4″ from the front (and back) on both sides. Using 1 1/2″ screws attach the 1x2s to the counter (2x6s). Place one in the center at 3 1/4″ from the front and back and attach.

Step 7

Place the finished counter on the frame it should fit in snug. Attach using 2 1/2″ screws drilled through the side of the 1×2 into the 2×6.

Happy Building!!

p.s. I built this, so I’m fairly confident that the plans are correct, however I can’t guarantee them! I’m human I make mistakes. Oh and I’m totally not a carpenter just a girl who likes math and design. Please let me know if you see any mistakes so I can correct them.

Comments

maternalNEST (not verified)

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 03:18

Love it! Great job! I really appreciate you making up the plans without drawers... I want to make Michaela's Island, but I am so intimidated by drawers. Thanks! I will be making this one.

P.S. Great color choice!

Andrea (not verified)

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 14:34

I really like how you put white marks where the holes should be drilled. I have a pocket hole jig, but I haven't used it for real yet because I just can't figure out where exactly I should put the holes and it makes me nervous. Having placement marked really helps! I hope others think about including little marks, as well. Beautiful piece that you built. I can't wait to check out your blog. Andrea