My first project in attempting to build furniture. I got hook on building things after this.
Step 1: Roll Around Kitchen Island
First, you need your materials:
Kreg pocket hole jig and screws
handsaw or miter saw
Depending on how tall & wide your amount of lumber will vary.
Once you have your plans drawn out and gathered you cut pieces you will be making a 2 rectangular or square forms depending you your plans. Mine was rectangular. Came out to be 39" H x43" Lx 19 1/2" W. After drilling the Kreg pocket holes, just screw all the 2x4 pieces together. There are 2 cross beams that help keep the top square and will be used for support since the granite top weight 150lbs, but you can finish it with anything you want. Then I cut all the legs for the island out of the 1x4's and then notched 2 of the 1x4's that fit in the corner pocket of the lower shelf. I glued up all the pocket screws holes with dowels and cut and sanded them. I sanded the whole framework and put a chamfer on all the outside square edges. I then took scrap pieces of 2x4 and used them as a base of the casters to mount to. Lots of sanding and then finally painted it with a stain black ebony.
While I was waiting for the granite company to grind and cut my top, I found the white railings at Lowe's. I decided to go ahead and use them to keep things on the shelf from rolling off when I moved the island. They came with dowels in the bottom to attached them, so all it took was to measure and drill the corresponding hole in the shelf. I had turned my kitchen into a black and white color scheme so that just fit right in.
Step 3: Roll Around Kitchen Island
Here is the finished product. I love the granite top and that I can move it whenever I need or want to. This was my first piece of furniture that made. When I built this all the power tools that I had was a power drill and a palm sander and I built it in my kitchen and parts of it outdoors in the middle of winter.