Build Your Own Butcher Block Kitchen Island

[pinit]DIY Butcher Block Island


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.


  1. Hi Johnnie,

    It looks beautiful! I followed your link to the plans on Ana’s site though and the wrong island came up. For anyone looking for this one it would be

    Once again, looks great! I can’t wait to start on one. I agree with you on the nailer. Without it that would be a ton of pocket holes!

    – Matt

  2. Ron Ziniel says:

    Why do you space the top planks? Looks like you are creating a home for crumbs and food debris.

  3. Hi, Would you have a valid link / link for Ana’s kitchen ilslsnd. This one isnt working. Thanks :)

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