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Easy Kitchen Island Plans

February 11, 2011 |
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An easy to build solid wood kitchen island, featuring two large shelves and a large wood work surface.

Easy Kitchen Island Plans

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Easy Kitchen Island Plans
Dimensions: 
54″ wide, 27″ deep, 36″ tall

Materials and Tools

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

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

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)

Step 1

Easy Kitchen Island Plans

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

Easy Kitchen Island Plans

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

Easy Kitchen Island Plans

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

Step 4

Easy Kitchen Island Plans

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

Easy Kitchen Island Plans

Flip it all over again!

Start laying out your shelf pieces, I used a piece of wood cut to the right width for a spacer. Spacing should be about 1/4″ using 28 shelf pieces per shelf.

Once you’ve laid one whole shelf to confirm placement (it takes a little finessing to get it spaced out right, Mr. H did this part without me which resulted in a not so even spacing job!) you can begin to attach the 1x2s using 1 1/4″ Kreg screws from the underside to avoid screw holes.

It very important to turn your drill down to the lowest setting needed to screw the pieces in, 1x4s are thin and split fairly easy. I tried using 2x4s and a few other options but nothing looked as nice. As long as you take it slow and use Kreg screws or pre-drill you should be fine.

Step 6

Easy Kitchen Island Plans

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

Easy Kitchen Island Plans

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.

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

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Jen - Excited to see your

Jen - Excited to see your plan over here! You did an amazing job :)

posted by Heather (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 04:46

Thanks for posting my plans

Thanks for posting my plans Ana!

Domesticjenny.blogspot.com

posted by Jenny (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 05:08

Love it! Great job! I really

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!

posted by maternalNEST (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 06:18

I have been wanting something

I have been wanting something EXACTLY like this in my kitchen forever, but didn't know where to start with the plans. Thank you!

posted by Alli (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 08:06

This is gorgeous.

This is gorgeous.

posted by Brooklyns_Mama (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 11:20

Thanks Jenny for posting!

Thanks Jenny for posting! This is awesome!

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 13:35

Thanks Jenny, just added your

Thanks Jenny, just added your link, and will fix the form so that blog links can get embedded into posts.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 13:37

Oh this is so what I dream of

Oh this is so what I dream of having someday! Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing. :)

posted by Jayme C. (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 14:07

I really like how you put

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

posted by Andrea (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 17:34

Thanks Ana for posting them!

Thanks Ana for posting them! Hopefully I'll have more to share soon!

posted by Jenny (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-02-14 10:53

This is great! On a side

This is great! On a side note what color paint is that on the wall? I love it!

posted by Jamie Dafoe (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-02-14 14:18

What was your approximate

What was your approximate cost for this? Hubby needs to see numbers before I can talk him into either of us trying our hand at all these awesome projects!

posted by Andrea (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-02-14 14:29
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Can't wait to build it!

This is perfect!!
I'm moving into an apartment with a small kitchen that lacks counter and cabinet space -- but having only one set of pans and one set of dishes, this is the perfect storage for those things!

posted by ashley04samantha | on Fri, 2011-07-08 16:22

The island turned out GORGEOUS!

I'm so proud of what my dad accomplished using this plan. We had to shorten it a little and I had him raise the bottom shelf to accommodate my BIG feet...but I think it looks wonderful!
Kitchen Island

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-12-31 13:33

The only suggestion that I

The only suggestion that I have so far is that I don't see the "cuts" for the counter top in the cut list? I had the guy at the mega hardware store do my cuts for me (I wasn't ready to buy the circular saw just yet). Anyway we guessed on the length so we will se how it goes when I assemble it tomorrow!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-01-31 13:08

I was so excited to start on

I was so excited to start on this. Bought all my wood. Oh how I love buying wood. I feel like a kid in a candy store :) But then I had the same question about the cutting list for the top then I guessed about it and hopefully guessed correct. But then I was legs and found that I had more boards than I needed for that. Then I found that I don't have enough 1x2's for the shelves if they are cut at 24 1/2. Since I'm a measure twice, cut once kinda girl, I've been back and forth reading the directions trying to find if maybe I read it wrong but I keep seeing the same thing. So, back to get 5 more 1x2's so that it all fits. I'll be using the leftover pieces to make a smaller version for a friend.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-08 13:06

You're right, you only need

You're right, you only need two 8' 2x4s. I think that must be a mistake.

posted by Nikki M | on Sun, 2013-11-17 22:40

You're right, you only need

You're right, you only need two 8' 2x4s. I think that must be a mistake.

posted by Nikki M | on Sun, 2013-11-17 22:40

Countertop Cuts?

I did not see the length noted on the 5-2x6's used for the top. I would love to make this! Could you please let us know how long to cut those boards? Thanks a million for a beautiful, doable project!

posted by Marci (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-07-17 22:37

2x6 lengths

The length of the 2x6's that make up the top of the island are whatever length you wish the island to be. The author refers to the island width (length) as 54", so the 2x6's would be 54" long. This would leave a 1" overhang on both ends.

posted by Jeff (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-09-02 04:59

questions

If the island is 54 in length, 27 in width, and 36 inches tall, why does the cut list tell you to cut the legs at 34 inches. If the top is 54 inches the top pieces would be cut at 54 inches however if the width of the piece is 27 inches why are the side supports cut at 17 inches that is a 5 inch overhang on each side, is this correct?

posted by Janettx (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-11-05 09:52

questions

If the island is 54 in length, 27 in width, and 36 inches tall, why does the cut list tell you to cut the legs at 34 inches. If the top is 54 inches the top pieces would be cut at 54 inches however if the width of the piece is 27 inches why are the side supports cut at 17 inches that is a 5 inch overhang on each side, is this correct?

posted by Janettx (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-11-05 09:54

The wood is 2" thick. Does

The wood is 2" thick. Does that answer your question? For instance, 34" height plus thickness of top equals 36" high. Same with side supports, plus thickness of legs, etc.

posted by EJP (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-11-18 16:30

Too many 2x4s on the list!

This is a great project! I made mine one 2x6 wider, adding 5 1/2 inches to everything. However, you will only need two 8' 2x4s for the project. The list seems to be wrong.

posted by Nikki M | on Sun, 2013-11-17 22:43

Too many 2x4s on the list!

This is a great project! I made mine one 2x6 wider, adding 5 1/2 inches to everything. However, you will only need two 8' 2x4s for the project. The list seems to be wrong.

posted by Nikki M | on Sun, 2013-11-17 22:44

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