Easy Kitchen Island Plans

Submitted by community-cont… on Fri, 02/11/2011 - 20:24
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

Jamie Dafoe (not verified)

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:18

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

Andrea (not verified)

Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:29

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!

ashley04samantha

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 14:22

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!

Guest (not verified)

Sat, 12/31/2011 - 10:33

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

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 10:08

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!

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 10:06

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.

Marci (not verified)

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 20:37

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!

Jeff (not verified)

Sun, 09/02/2012 - 02:59

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.

Janettx (not verified)

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 06:52

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?

Janettx (not verified)

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 06:54

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?

EJP (not verified)

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:30

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.

Nikki M

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 19:43

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.

Nikki M

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 19:44

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.

RudiRubio

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:55

I made this island a few months back and my husband and I love it. The only problem we have been having with it is that food always gets stuck in the small gaps between the 2x6s that make the counter top. Has anyone else had this problem and come up with a solution or have any ideas??

kitchenmama

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:54

I saw that people were having issues with the top catching crumbs so I bought a premade wood countertop to use instead. It's PERFECT and I'm OBSESSED with the island. It's still a DIY project but I just used a countertop by someone who actually knows how to make a wood counter top.

I got mine here (and literally created an account on this site just to share this b/c you guys always help me so much):

https://store.craft-art.com/product-category/diy-butcher-block-wood-cou…

randy.smith

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:35

The crumb thing. I have a more elegant fix than a laminate top. Take your existing plans but when building the top use glue and bar clamps to reduce the spaces between the wood. Let stand in clamps overnight and the next day if you have a planner you can plane the top of the table. Even if you don't just fill in the cracks with wood putty skimming all excess off. Sand and stain and put a polyurethane finish over the stain. No crack. Wife made pizza dough on it the other night.

By the way I have also made an entertainment center from these plans. Just shorten the legs and adjust the shelves.

Design4life

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 17:35

Just not seeing or getting it, esp. pic above step 7. I have no idea what that is. Is there kitchen plans with true plans (pic w dimensons)?  Sorry just not seeing it in this plans instructions.

Texasmom1994

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 05:57

My husband and I built this over the weekend and I love it!! It was so easy!! A few things I would do differently so I wanted to share. First, most of you have noted that the shopping/cut lists are a bit off. 4 extra 2x4s on the shopping list and not enough 1x2s, you may need 18. There is nothing on the cut list to indicate how long the table top boards should be cut. I went with 54" since the diagram showed that as the overall length. In hindsight I would have probably cut them at 58 for a little more overhang. Also, I tried to use a little math to figure out the spacing between the shelving slats but I was a bit off. I ended up cutting 3/4 inch spacers and used that to space them. I did 11 from one side then 11 from the other to make sure any wrong spacing was in the center, and it was off a bit. I only put 23 slats on each shelf. I would also have used a 2x4 instead of a 1x4 for the shelf supports, they are a little flimsy. I also would have stained before putting it together as the slats are a pain to stain!! Overall, great project that I enjoyed. Would highly recommend. I cant wait to get it finished and in the kitchen!

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