Build this cute kitchen island cart! Customize to fit your family's needs and kitchen space!
24" x 48" x 3/4" thick plywood or MDF project panel
3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long (if buying select or hardwood, you can get away with less)
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 16-1/4" long
1 - 1x4 @ 12 feet long
material for doors, depending on type of drawer construction
3 sets of hinges
3 magnetic clasps (if not using self closing hinges)
2 knobs and 1 pull
4 - 2" casters on bolts (overall clearance approximately 2-1/2")
4 - 2x2 @ 32-3/4" - legs
4 - 1x2 @ 15-3/4" - side trim
2 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 24" - side panels *see plywood diagram below
4 - 2x2 @ 16-1/2" - tie in trim
1 - 1x2 @ 16-1/2" - door/drawer trim
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 16-1/2" - bottom *see plywood diagram below
2 - 1x2 @ 15-3/4" - bottom shelf outside trim (panels sides)
2 - 1x2 @ 16-1/2" - bottom shelf outside trim (drawer sides)
4 - 1x2 @ 18" - bottom shelf slats
1 - 1x6 @ 16-1/4" - top drawer
6 - 1x4 @ 20-1/4" - tabletop
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build two of the end frames. As I mentioned in the video, joining the 1x2s to the 2x2s is not necessary for structure, it just keeps that joint snug. You could attach the plywood first, and then just nail the 1x2 trim on second.
Drill 3/4" pocket holes on the sides and tops of the plywood side panels, on the inside. Attach to the 2x2 legs. Also nail and glue (1-1/4" nails) to the 1x2 trim pieces.
If you don't have a right angle drill and are adding the hinge down drawer face, consider attaching it first as you won't be able to do this after assembly without a right angle drill. Attach trim pieces to side panels to tie the project together. Use glue at all joints.
Drill 3/4" pocket holes around all four sides of the bottom plywood piece. Attach wtih 1-1/4" pocket holes and glue.
As with all doors/drawers, they should be made to fit. I like to leave an 1/8" gap around all sides - this will vary depending on the type of hinges you are using. I used simple butt hinges that actually took up more like 1/4" - so measure your hinges and factor in that width before building the doors. I used a router to build my doors (am working on a video of how to do that to share soon with you!) with the frame 1x3s and the panel 1/4" plywood. Here's an easy way to build doors using just the Kreg Jig that will give you a similar look.
I built my island top out of 1x4 boards first using pocket holes on underside, stained and finished it, and then attached it through the pocket holes drilled in the side panels and also with a couple of 2" long screws through the 2x2 top pieces above the doors. The overhang is even on all sides, approximately 3/4".
After painting the entire project, I drilled holes for the caster wheels and added the caster wheels.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.