Build Your Own Butcher Block Kitchen Island

[pinit]DIY Butcher Block Island

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My sister needed a kitchen island, giving me a great Christmas gift idea, and an excuse to tackle another Ana White woodworking plan.  I used Ana's Easy Kitchen Island plan, adjusting the dimensions to fit in Amber's kitchen.  Instead of 54 inches wide, we made our version 36 inches.  This was a quick and easy build.  I have some tips to share that  I wish I had known before this build, but we learn by making mistakes, right?!

DIY Kitchen Island Woodworking Plan

I highly recommend staining the "planks" before attaching them for the bottom and middle shelves.  Ana attached the planks with Kreg joins.  This seemed like a ton of work and I couldn't think of a reason that using my nail gun and wood glue wouldn't suffice, so that is what I did.  Super quick and easy with my Ryobi AirStrike Nailer.

Also, I used a 5 gallon bucket paint stirrer to space the planks, which worked out well.

Furniture plans

Other than those few changes, I followed Ana's plan linked in the first paragraph.

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