Farmhouse Style Kitchen Island for Alaska Lake Cabin

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 01/25/2016 - 10:26
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Workbench style inspired kitchen island, sturdy and solid wood.  Free plans by

Hi guys, happy Monday!

Well, the secrets out, we are building a Tiny House!  Thanks so much for all the support - truly, it means tons to us!  We will be doing our best to try and cover as much as we can, because I know many of you are interested in building a tiny house too. 

As we are moving on to the next project, I realized that I haven't finished sharing all the projects from our cabin build.  How awful of me!

For those of you who watched our show on DIY Network, the kitchen island got alot of love.

We really love it too.  It's a great size, it's super sturdy, and the simple design compliments the kitchen without making it feel boxed in.  I use the bottom shelf for totes and coolers and water jugs when we are at the cabin, and the top is constantly being used for food prep, eating, rigging fishing poles, even building projects.  

The top is actually leftover 2x6 tongue and groove from the upstairs floor.  If you look closely, you ca nsee the ends have bolts - we screwed 2x2 breadboard ends to dress up the ends of the tabletop.  The bottom stretcher is also notched into the legs.  This is pretty easy to do and looks amazing!

I've put together the plans following, so check that out (if this is the home page, click Read More below).

Also, if you are interested in the kitchen cabinets (the easiest cheapest ever kitchen cabinets)

You can get the plans for these easy diy kitchen cabinets (it's built as one long unit) here.


And if you love the styling of this workbench kitchen island but need a table, I got you covered there too!

You can find the plans for this farmhouse workbench style diy table here.

Have a great day!




Dimensions shown above, standard countertop height, fits three stools


Shopping List

2 - 4x4 @ 6 feet long

4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

9 - 2x6 @ 6 feet long (cut 12 footers in half)

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

4 - 4x4 @ 34-1/2" - legs

2 - 2x4 @ 32" - bottom stretcher

2 - 2x4 @ 24" - end aprons

2 - 2x4 @ 61" - side aprons

3 - 2x4 @ 27" - under table supports

3 - 2x6 @ 69" - shelf

6 - 2x6 @ 70" - tabletop

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Notch each of the 4x4 legs out with a circular saw. To do this, set your circular saw blade depth to 1-1/2". Then make cuts in the notch out area every 1/4". Remove the material with a chisel.

Step 2

Attach bottom stretcher in notched out area with 2-1/2" screws and wood glue. Then drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the top end apron board. Attach to legs. Check for square. Build two leg sets. TIP: Drill 1-1/2" pocket holes facing upward on inside of aprons for attaching tabletop in later steps.

Step 3

TIP: Drill 1-1/2" pocket holes facing upward on inside of aprons for attaching tabletop in later steps. Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the 2x4 side apron boards. Attach to 4x4 legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws and glue. Adjust for square.

Step 4

TIP: Drill 1-1/2" pocket holes facing upward on inside of supports for attaching tabletop in later steps. Use pocket holes to attach the supports to the side aprons with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 5

Step 6

Build tabletop - here is a good tutorial -


And then attach tabletop to the aprons.