DIY Kitchen Island

DIY Kitchen Island


DIY Kitchen Island

 DIY Kitchen Island aren’t just convenient. They’re a beautiful addition to any kitchen, transforming the aesthetics instantly. But; investing in a professional, pre-built island can be costly. Building your own is challenging. Or…is it? Not with Allen’s Woodworking. We’ve designed and built a small yet bold rustic country Kitchen Island. That’s surprisingly easy to make for both men and women alike. No matter your experience or skill level, you can build this beautiful DIY Kitchen Island.

If your kitchen is small and humble. But you’re searching for a way to make it stand out, this is it. Even if your kitchen is slightly larger. This DIY Kitchen Island makes for the perfect storage space, food preparation surface, and a conversation starter. Imagine being able to tell your guests that you built this DIY Kitchen Island with your own two hands?

    While we use Barley Twist Legs, you can use any type you want. Plain and simple 4 x 4 legs will look just as breathtaking. Provided you follow our instructions, you simply can’t go wrong. You don’t even need a lot of tools or extensive prior experience. All you need to do is gather the materials we’ve listed below (or similar). And pay attention to the video we’ve created to help you.

Here at Allen’s Woodworking, we love to see what our followers can do. And to add a unique “twist” to our DIY Kitchen Island plans. Think of them as foundations that you can use to add your own flair. You don’t have to copy our design to a T. You can easily inject your own style into it, varnishing or painting it however you see fit. Whether you’re a seasoned woodworker or are simply searching for an exciting beginner’s project. That won’t cost you an arm and a leg (or take you months to complete). This is the perfect solution for you. In fact, it won’t take more than a day or two to complete.

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Do you have any friends or family members who may also be interested in tackling this simple DIY project? Be sure to share the video below and let them know about Allen’s Woodworking. We specialize in making it easy to learn woodwork. Proving that you don’t have to be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Just imagine what projects you can take on once you’ve mastered this? You don’t have to be afraid or intimidated. Try it out for yourself – you’ll be surprised just how much your two hands can achieve.


A short video on making this diy kitchen island. Watch as we show how you can make a box and turn it into a nice kitchen island. This is a great woodworking for beginners project that don’t take a lot of skill or tools.

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Material List

diy kitchen island

   As an illustration the panels are made with #2 – 1 x 12  and glued up using biscuits. And the top is made from 2 x 12 glued up. The legs we used are the barley twist legs that we make. But for this we are using    4″ x 4″ x 34 1/2″ which still looks great. If you need it taller or shorter just subtract the thickness of the top from the overall length. The top face is a 1″ x 6″ and the bottom is a 1″ X 1 1/2″. When Cutting the panels above all make sure they are cut squire.




Base Assembly

DIY Kitchen Island

  To begin with you will start by attaching the side panels to the back using pocket screws. If you are going to use a different type of wood joint. Then don’t forget to cut your panels to size for that joint. You need only to attach the sides but you can attach the bottom as well. You will see to the left a picture showing some of the measurements. And the size of the bottom will be 3/4″ less in width than the side panels. For instance a 3/4″x 1 1/2″ face will go on the edge. So it needs some room to fit behind the legs. At this point you can add the face or wait till the end. In other words It can be done either way.

  The side panels will butt up to the back with edge of the back showing on the sides. Put at least four screws on each side panel going into the back. Don’t worry about the screws showing in fact they will get covered by the legs. At this time drill some pocket screws on the underside of the floor. Three to attach to each side and four to attach to the back. The floor will mount to the inside of the side and back panels. Once installed then start on the legs.

 Installing Legs


DIY Kitchen Island

    When finished attach the legs to the corners. But before you do you will need to cut out the center of the legs. As shown in the illustration to the left. When done attach the legs to the panels. Key point here is to make sure the tops do not sit higher than the panels. And its important to realize when cutting out the legs. Is that the thickness can not be wider than the over hang of the top. In this case is 1 1/2″ on all sides. Attach by using screws from the inside of the panels. When this is finished and the floor is in, it will be time to start on the face frame.





Adding Face

DIY Kitchen Island


If you haven’t installed the face you can do it now. On the one we did for example is we cut a small arch in the center of the top. In other words just to give it more charm and more appealing to eyes. But as an illustration we made it straight. And when you attach the bottom. Slide it behind the legs and attach it flush to the top of the floor.





Adding The Top


DIY Kitchen Island

Start by making the top larger than the island. So you can have an over hang of 1 1/2″ to the sides and the front. And if you want to the back just depends where you will put this diy kitchen island. As for attaching the top we choose to drill from the top and screwed it down. Then afterwards we plugged the holes and sanded them flush. Which added to the rustic country charm that everyone is looking for. And if you use a different type of wood plug than the top. It will pop out and giving your island more contrast. This is only good if you use a clear or natural finish.


DIY Kitchen Island Making The Shelf


DIY Kitchen Island   There are no size for the shelf due to the fact. That there are so many different way to make them. So what we did is used the adjustable metal shelving brackets. After installing them we then measured to see how much room we had. We cut the shelf to fit then added a 1 1/2″ face to it. So as to give the shelf strength and give it a fuller look. Generally speaking one alternative would be to drill your own shelving holes. That is if you have a jig to do so.



In the final analysis with the diy kitchen island finished it looked as if something was missing. In short it needed some trim to give it a little extra something. Just placing trim on the sides and coupled with some trim in the back just seem to finish off. Even thou it looked fine before just adding some trim really made a big difference.

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