This is a photo-instruction guide for the kitchen island that we made.
Our aims were:
a) to have a large table area both for eating but also for working in the kitchen.
b) to increase our storage areas in the kitchen
c) to still have room for moving freely inside the kitchen.
The detailed plans are included at the end of the guide.
The total cost for all materials (new) was around 400 Euro (that would make it around 423$, but then wood is really expensive, where I live, so the actual cost in the US would be much lower).
Step 1: Step 1: Let's Start
Build the mainframe first. You need to build this first in order to support the vertical column (axe).
For proportions refer to the building plans included in the last step.
We used wood 4.5 X 9.5 cm for the mainframe.
We used metal connectors.
Step 2: Step 2: Moving Upwards
upon completion of the mainframe, we start with the crosses (one one the top and one at the bottom of the mainframe) that support the vertical column (see last photo and next step for detailed instructions)
Step 3: Step 3: Leveling
The column needs to be leveled on both the vertical and horizontal direction (x and y). Check the second photo on method. The rest legs of the crosses are installed after the leveling, as they fit.
THE IMPORTANT THING IS FOR THE COLUMN TO BE STRAIGHT!
ATTENTION: THE CENTRAL PART OF THE TABLE TOP NEEDS TO BE PLACED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PLACEMENT OF THE COLUMN AND CROSSES AND BEFORE ANY NEXT STEPS!!! (details about the table can be found in step 8)
Step 4: Step 4: Fixing the Upper Part
Follow the photos!
Wood is the same as before.
Check now the photo with the metal top. We used this in order to transfer the forces from the horizontal level (floating shelves) to the vertical axe (column). Otherwise the force from the weight would tire our connection (at the top of the column).
Step 5: Step 5: Lower Part Shelves and Coverings
In order to support the shelves we used metal connectors. The wood is 18mm fir (less prone to break than the pine).
For proportions and seize check the design drawings at the last step.
Step 6: Step 6: Constructing and Hanging the Floating Shelves
For the floating shelves we also used fir 18mm and metal cable 0.6 inch.
Step 7: Step 8: Almost Done. Second Row of Floating Shelves and Rounding the Table Corners
For the table we used fir 3.3 cm, with indication "table quality".
In order to support the table on the mainframe use metal connectors.
Round the corners of the table, and the edges to avoid injuries.
Step 8: Step 8: Last Touches.
Use an antibacterial coating for the entire island. (I used ship teak)
That's it more or less. In the next step, I've included the design plans.
Step 9: Design Plans
If you need any clarifications or help to re-calculate proportions, I will be happy to help!