Moveable Kitchen Island




Intro: Moveable Kitchen Island

Ok well, this is my first instructable, so here we go....

My friend's Birthday is coming up and she wanted a kitchen cart for her small kitchen. she only has likie 3' of counter space and doesnt have much room to do her cooking. Well , the one she wanted from Wal-mart was crap. the reviews said not to put anything on it heavier than a toaster or it'd collaspe. Well i didnt want to spend my hard earned money on a POS. So coming from a building background, I'm kinda handy to have around. Besides, i bought a bunch of (cheap, i.e. not very good, and definatly not craftsman) tools and needed an excuse to use them. Since this is done now, i know i need better tools. Craftsman tools. :D

This isn't a step-by-step, detail by detail, cut here, glue there, nail here, type instructable. its more or less the guide that i used to make my one-off creation. if you were to make one yourself, you could see what i did, how i did it, what i did wrong or right, my mistakes and what i did right. how i would do it differant, and what i would do the same.

So I asked my friend "B" what excatly she wanted/needed from her Kitchen cart. She wanted to be able to use her cart as a work surface, or when people are over she could push it out of the way and use it as a buffet table. It also needed to be able to store stuff. Most kitchen carts that ive seen are fairly small, they are portable, but they are small, and dont have much room for storage. Kitchen islands are bigger, have storage room, but arent moveable. So i thought why not combine the best of both worlds. I give you the Moveable Kitchen Island.

Stuff You Need:
Sheet of plywood
1/2 Sheet of beadboard
Upper kitchen cabinet - i got mine from Habitat Restore, more on that later...
4 - caster wheels  swivel and locking
tile - granite/ marble/ or porcelin
12" wide shelving

Tools Needed:
Table saw
Chop saw - you can probaly get away without using this if you have a table saw.
Brad nailer

Step 1: Begin.....

I love Habitat Restore. its a subsidary of Habitat for humanity. Its where builders, contractors, and home owners donate thier used or unwanted building materials. I get to be green, and save some cash. Who doesnt like saving money.

So I picked this upper cabinet up that met all my criteria. it has doors, shelving space, was a good size, and fit it my price range. I picked this up for $60 bucks.
the dimensions are 12" deep, 44" wide.
I want to make this island 24" deep 48" wide.

I removed the doors and glass from them, sanded the stained wood so i can paint it later.

Next step, sides and shelving side.


Step 2: Sides and Shelving Side

I cut the plywood in half then in half again so you have 4 pieces of 2'x4' plywood.
I used 2 sandwiched together for the bottom so it has strength and rigidity.

I then ripped some 2x4's in half to make the side walls. I wanted to make the hole as big as possible so using the full width of the 2x4 wasn’t necessary. I also cut a notch for a 1x4 to go across the top. it has to support a tile top so i needed the strength.

then i cut some beadboard down to my height and 24" for width to put on the sides.

the edges were kinda rough so they needed trim. i ripped some 2x4s down to about 1/2" wide to make corner trim. i made it 3" longer than the side was cause i want to hide the fact its on wheels.

the wheels im using are 3-1/2" tall so there is a 1/2 gap between the floor and the skirt. i made sure that the wheel freely spins around. also make sure your wheel is rated high enough to support your island. you dont want them to break down, cause then youd eliminate one of the criteria of this movable kitchen island. mine were rated to 200 pds each. two of them are the locking type so once its in a spot it cant be moved unless you take off the lock.

the shelving side also needs shelves, i was going to make it a 3 shelf setup, but when i 'ciphered the size openings they would only be 9" inbetween shelfs, thats not enough so i had to make it a 2 shelf set up. the bottom has 14" of clearance. the top is around 12"

I sanded the edges down so the trim has a bit of a round-over.  and added a skirt.
its a thin- 1/4" mdf piece ripped to 5". glued and tacked to the bottom to "hide" the wheels. remember i want this to look like an island 90% of the time. the other 10% it'll be pushed up against the wall to act like a buffet table.

Next step the top.

Step 3: The Top

I put a 1/2 plywood board that measured 2'x4' i glued and screwed it to the top.
My tiles are 11-3/4" square. so if i go 2 deep and 4 wide, its not going to cover the top right.
well, i know im supposed to use gout, but since this isnt going to be real big i figured it wouldnt matter a whole bunch. so i liquid nails them to the board and split them using a thin piece of  wood stained and sealed. i routed some 1x2 boards to make the trim aound the edge of the tile. i mitered the corners, glued, and tacked to to the edges. then ran some stain and sealer around the edges.

Step 4: Paint

I sanded the island down. making it smooth to the touch. no slipnters, and no sharp corners. also i needed to sand the cabinet stain down to give the paint something to bite to. if its too smooth paint wont stick, pluss it removed any grease or containiments that could dversly affect my paint job.  i used a semi-gloss white paint with a 3" brush it made the job go pretty quick. with half of it bare wood, i knew the paint would soak in real good, and the stained side was a bit on the darker side so i figured 2-3 coats would do the job, but i only used 1/2 the gallon and it looked great after 2 coats.

i knew that since this was going to be used for storage, and if i have company coming over i throw my junk in storage areas i frosted the glass. it comes in a spray can and does a fantastic job. sadly i didnt get any pics before i put it back in the doors.

Step 5: Done..... or What I Would Have Done Differantly.

Done. Delivered. And installed. She loved it.  i looks good, and met my expectations.

However, i think i made some mistakes. they are my mistakes and if you make something similar, learn from my mistkes, make your own these are mine.

I think its almost too tall. i could have done thing to make it shorter.

the bottom board should have been thicker. i used 1/2 plywood and doubled it. i think i could have gotten by with 5/8 and only had 1 layer and not doubled it. if i thought it might still bend putting a brace under it to help stop any bending. that would have dropped it 1/2 an inch.

i should have used smaller caster wheels, more if needed. or i could have made some offsets for the wheels to go into on the side. that would have shorten it considerably.

i need a better circular saw. it had issues ripping the plywood down. i bought some cheap piece of junk from lowes. never again. i need a craftsman.

im lazy, i ran out of time to do this and was rushing the end steps. it wasnt fully dried and cured when it got loaded on the truck and delivered.

I should have used good, quality, american made tools. like craftsman. (:)) the cheap tools make your job that much harder.  

Well thats it. im glad you read this instructable. as i said this was my first. i hope to write many more.





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    I like this as a chef with a small kitchen I always need more space.
    This one gets saved to the hard drive and thanks for putting it up!