DIY Kitchen Island Build | The Home Depot

[MUSIC PLAYING] 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 at 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 this specific pocket
holes needed for this project. Line up the legs a couple at a time
and set your marking points, one at 6 inches and another at 9 and 1/2. 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 1 and 1/2 inches into
lines that you created. Then make multiple incisions in
between your marking points, also at 1 and 1/2 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 2 and 1/2 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 9 and a 1/4 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 2
and 1/2 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 3 and 5/8 inches by 1
and 3/4 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 1 and 1/2
inch screws into the pocket holes.

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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 glue,
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 secure. 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 dry, 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, or talk to one of our store associates. Good luck, and thanks for
shopping at The Home Depot.

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