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DIY Kitchen Island

This DIY Kitchen Island might be one of our favorite builds yet! Not only is it one of our favorites, it’s also one of the most special builds! Our producers/friends have been watching us build pieces for others, over the last 3 years, but now it’s their turn!

They recently purchased and renovated this 1970’s ranch style house.

The transformed it into a big, beautiful, open home now that is just begging for some Shanty furniture!

That’s where we come in! We are going to fill their big, beautiful, open home with custom furniture AND we are sharing the free plans and how-to videos with all of you! So, the first order of business was tackling their kitchen! They envisioned a chunky 8.5′ kitchen island and that’s exactly what we gave them!

Grab a cup of coffee and come watch us build this 8.5′ DIY Kitchen Island! Just click HERE or the video below to watch!

How amazing is this piece?! We officially want one for each of our kitchens 😉

DIY Kitchen Island - Free Plans

DIY Kitchen Island – Nice Legs

The show stopper in this island is the massive 6″ turned legs – how amazing are they?!

You can find them from Osborne Wood Company HERE! We used the knotty pine. This is where most of the cost comes from in this island. If you are looking to build a more budget friendly island, you can definitely use a thinner turned leg or build the island with only 4 legs. Total cost of this piece was about $1,000, which is AMAZING for a giant custom island like this one!

DIY Kitchen Island – Free Plans

Make sure to download the FREE Printable Plans HERE and follow along with us as we build it below!

We used our table saw to rip the rounded edges off of the planks. You can see how we do this in our how-to video HERE! Refer to the printable plans to get the exact width that we ripped each board to!

DIY Kitchen Island – Pocket Holes

After ripping the boards, we cut the table top planks and used our Kreg Jig to drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes on both ends of every board sand on one side of 6 of the boards. You can find our favorite Kreg Jig model HERE. And, don’t forget to watch our How to Use a Kreg Jig video HERE!

Then, we used our Kreg Face Clamp and and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach the planks together. You can find the Kreg Face Clamp HERE and our Sawhorses HERE.

DIY Kitchen Island – Attached The Bread Boards

Once the planks were attached, we measured and cut for the breadboards. We attached the breadboards to the planks with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Kitchen Island – Apron Pieces

Next, we cut the bottom, front and back apron pieces to size and drilled 1 1/2″ pocket hole screws at both ends of each piece. We centered them on the bottom block of the legs and attached them wit 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

We cut the bottom side apron pieces to size and drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes in the ends of each piece. We centered them on the bottom block of the end legs and attached them to one leg base assembly, and then the other, with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Next, we cut the bottom support pieces to size and drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes on both ends of each piece. We spaced them out evenly and attached them to the side aprons with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue, 1/2″ from the top of the apron pieces.

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We cut the bottom, center support to size and drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes at each end. We centered it on the bottom blocks of the center legs and attached it with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Make sure it is level with the other support pieces.

Once the bottom supports were attached, we cut the hardwood plywood shelf pieces to size and attached them to the supports and the apron pieces with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

DIY Kitchen Island – Wood Filler

If you don’t want to use wood filler to fill the gaps around the leg notches, you can use 1 1/4″ lattice to cover the gaps. Just measure and cut the trim as you go. Center the trim over the seams and attach it with 5/8″ pin nails and wood glue.

Next step was to add the top apron pieces. We cut the front and back apron pieces first and drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes on both ends of each piece. We centered them on the top block of the legs and attached them with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The top of the aprons should be flush with the top of the legs.

Cut the top, side apron pieces to size and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes on both ends of each piece. Center them up on the top block of the legs, the same way as the previous step.

Next, cut the top support pieces to size and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes at both ends and one edge of each piece. Spread them out evenly and attach them to the top, from and back aprons with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The top of the supports should be flush with the top of the aprons.

Finally, Center the planked top over the island base. Attach the top to the base with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws, from the supports and aprons, into the bottom of the planked top. The top should overhang each leg by 3/4″.

DIY Kitchen Island – Stain The Behemoth

The final step was to give this beast a finish! We used one coat of THIS STAIN and finished it off with 2 coats of THIS POLY!

How amazing is this?!

We can’t wait for you to see all of the other pieces that we are building for their new home! Make sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel HERE so you don’t miss anything!

More info on the items in this space:

Chandeliers: HERE

Farmhouse Sink: HERE

Leggings: HERE and HERE

Stain: HERE

Polyurethane: HERE

Counter Top: Crystal Fantasy Granite

Backsplash Tile: The Tile Shop

White Dishes: AtHome

Flooring: Floor and Decor

Paint on Walls: Pure White by Sherwin Williams

Paint on Doors:

Island Legs: HERE

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. www.EasyWoodwork.org on May 4, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    I built my own kitchen island using the plans at www. EasyWoodwork.org – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

    www. EasyWoodwork.org

  2. Jeremy on April 24, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Awesome! Any plans to do a kitchen island cart on wheels in maybe the 5ft range with storage??

  3. Jason on April 20, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    What type of wood did you use for the legs and material?

  4. Lisa Kent on March 21, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    LOVELOVELOVELOVE THIS!

  5. Brandy Medley on March 14, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Can I ask where you got the pot on the island and the type of plant that is in it? Thanks in advance!!!

  6. Brian Famous on March 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    That’s one heck of a kitchen island! Looks great!

  7. Julie on March 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Link to stain is broken (Walmart says, “OOPS!” )

  8. efren on March 1, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    the stain link is not working. what color minx gel stain was this

    • Ashley Turner on March 1, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      Sorry about that! It should be working now 🙂

  9. gheila on March 1, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I felt in love with this island!!!

    For some reason I click for the Stain and the Polyurethane and the link sent me to Walmart.com.mx =( can you give me the info of this 2 products please =) ??

    thank you so much!!!! =)

  10. Camie on March 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you! I have been waiting for this post! Can’t wait to put together one of these beauties in my kitchen.

  11. Jean on March 1, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Wow! Love seeing you ladies building!!! Let’s start changing perceptions that building is for men. Well done. Wishing you much success in your endeavors.

  12. Jill Cote on March 1, 2018 at 10:35 am

    This is STUNNING! I haven’t had a chance to watch the video (at work) but do/have you covered How you make the countertop smooth? I will be making a desktop soon with the same concept but I’m concerned that it won’t be super smooth.

  13. Darlene on March 1, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Wow – it’s perfect for that space! Great job!

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