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A kitchen island can add value and character to your home you can build one out of lumber using a circular saw pocket. Hole jig and other tools and materials that will be covered a little later before you begin this. Project decide on the size for your kitchen island measure the space that the island will occupy to. Ensure it'll fit comfortably in your kitchen it shouldn't impede movement or the opening of cabinets the one we're building. In this video has a width of 38 inches. And a length of 35 inches use. Wood glue for additional bonding support when connecting the lumber pieces together when you're ready to begin the project cut your lumber pieces according to the dimensions. Outlined on your cut list provided at the end of this video to create the top cut a quarter inch off the width of the top edge and top side. Edge lumber pieces do this on one side of each piece this will transform the rounded edge into a straight edge so that you can connect the center top piece keep the trimmed sides faced inward and the rounded sides faced outward then use a pocket hole. Jig to create pocket holes for your cut lumber pieces these holes are drilled and an angle to hide the screws that connect the pieces together the depth of your pocket holes are determined by the thickness of your cut lumber pieces the Home Depot sells pocket hole jig kits that. You can use to complete this step use the guides provided to adjust the thickness of the lumber you're working with you can cover each hole with a pocket hole plug be sure to follow the complete instructions provided by your manufacturer when using any pocket hole kit. Also refer to the list at the end of this video to apply the specific pocket holes needed for this project line up the legs. A couple at a time and set your marking points one at six inches and another at nine and a. Half then clamp them together use your speed square to create the dado for the legs the dado is the insert for the leg brace cut one and a. Half inches into lines that you created then make multiple incisions in between your marking points also at one and a half inches next chip away the sliced lumber with a chisel and hammer once the sliced pieces are removed smooth out the opening insert the leg braces. Into the dado and confirm they fit snugly and evenly disassemble the parts then lay two of the legs flat with the dado facing up. Apply glue to the dado and leg brace and connect them together make sure the parts are square then secure them with a couple two-and-a-half inch screws repeat this step on the other leg brace place the side apron flat and even with the top end of the leg confirm that it fits then glue and. Screw into place on both sides rotate the leg assembly. Then measure and Mark the center of the leg brace at nine and a. Quarter inches using the. Speed square this is where you'll attach the cross leg brace clamp the cross leg brace to keep it stable then secure it with two and a half inch screws. Align one of the apron pieces with the top outer edge of the leg glue and. Screw into place make sure that the screw holes face inward repeat this step on the opposite end flip it over so that the cross braces are horizontal align the other leg assembly on top of the apron and cross leg brace glue and screw into place measure in between the legs to confirm that the notches in the. Shelf are even the sides should be 20 inches and the front and back should be 29 inches next measure and cut the notch edges off the shelf remove three and five-eighths inches by one and three-quarter inches from each corner this will allow you to set the shelf in the center of the frame assembly. With a 1/8 inch gap around the legs lay the Shelf in place with 1/8 inch corner gaps secure the Shelf and legs together you may have to prop up the frame assembly so that you can drill one and a half inch screws into the. Pocket holes then set aside now it's time to assemble the top align the top edges and top side edges with the center top the pocket holes should face upward with the added support of wood group clamp and screw the pieces together next flip over the top and sand. It to create a smooth surface wipe it clean do the same for the leg assembly with the. Top face down flip over the leg assembly and attach it to the top ensure one-inch extends around the base of the leg assembly then screw the leg. Assembly and top together you do not need to glue these. Parts the pocket screws around the base will keep them secured carefully flip over the leg assembly so that the island sits upright finally you can apply a wood finish or a conditioner to help protect the appearance of the wood and reduce wear and tear once dried transport the island into the. Kitchen and enjoy the newest addition to. Your home decor here are all the materials you'll need to build your kitchen island here is a cut list for the lumber needed to complete this project drill these pocket holes at the following measurement points with the cut lumber pieces positioned vertically drill these pocket holes at the following. Measurement points with the cut lumber pieces positioned horizontally and lastly you'll need the following tools for the job for more detailed information about this and many other projects check out the DIY projects and ideas section of. Homedepot.com or talk to one of our store associates good luck and thanks for shopping at the Home Depot.

 


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