This step by step woodworking project is about diy kitchen island plans. If you want to learn how to build a simple diy kitchen island, we recommend you to pay attention to the following instructions described in this article. Don’t forget to take a look at the rest of the related articles, as there are many other designs and projects to choose from, either for your home or garden.
There are many aspects that you need to take into account, before starting the actual construction of the kitchen island, as to keep the costs under control and to get the job done in a professional manner. From our experience, we recommend you to invest in high quality materials, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Select the components that are perfectly straight and in a very good visual condition.
On the other hand, we really recommend you to keep the costs under control by taking accurate measurements before making the cuts. In this manner, you will minimize the wastes and get a professional result. Taking into account the amount of pocket holes required for the project, we recommend you to invest in a pocket jig saw. Add glue to the joints before inserting the screws, in order to create a rigid structure.
Kids Desk Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 34″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 29″ long BRACES
- C – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 29″ long, 4 pieces – ” long SUPPORT
- D – 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 60″ long TABLETOP
- E – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 58″ long SHELVES
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
- Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface
- One Day
Building a Kids Desk
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the legs of the kitchen island out of 4×4 lumber. As you can easily notice in the image, you need to make several notches inside the legs, as shown in the image. Therefore, make several parallel cuts (3/4″ deep) inside the marked areas and remove the excess material with a chisel. Work with attention and smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Continue the woodworking project by building the tabletop support. Therefore, we recommend you to cut the 1×3 components at the right size and to assemble them together with 1 1/4″ screws. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the small components and insert the screws in the perimeter aprons. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and lock the frame into place with galvanized screws.
Next, you have to secure the braces to the legs, as shown in the image. Cut the braces at the right size and lock them to the legs with 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints, if you want to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
If you really want to enhance the look of the island, we recommend you to attach 1×4 slats to the braces, in order to create several nice wooden shelves. In this manner, you will create additional storage space and easy your work in the kitchen.
Attaching the slats to the frame of the kitchen island is a straight-forward process, as you just need to lay the 2×6 slats on a level surface, making sure there are no gaps between them. Apply glue between the slats in order to lock the slats together in a professional manner. Center the tabletop to the frame, drill pocket holes through the frame and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the 2×6 slats.
Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.
Smart tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the bookcase.
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