Build Kitchen Island Cart
with a Drawer
Page 1 of 2.


These free build kitchen island cart plans were designed for the beginner woodworker. You can build this kitchen island cart to suit several areas of your kitchen.

The cart plans include a drawer, shelf, and cabinet on wheels. This means extra countertop space, as well as extra storage space. This cart will add these needed areas, and a touch of practicality to your home.









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Page 2 is how to Assemble Your Kitchen Island Cart.

Click on this link, or on the photo, to see how easy assembly of your kitchen island cart is!



The link to the pdf
for this free kitchen island plan
is at the bottom of the page.



Pocket Hole Joinery Used in This Woodworking Project.

The Kreg pocket hole jig system was used to join the sides, shelves, and cleats on this build kitchen island cart. The pocket hole joint used were right angle and edge joining.

The Kreg pocket hole joinery makes a very strong joint, and allows the beginner woodworker to create woodworking projects without expensive woodworking tools and machinery.

There were a couple of areas that we did not use pocket hole joinery. The top counter piece was attached with 1 1/4" flat wood screws and the wheels with 5/8" wood screws.

All of the joinery methods are invisible to the observer, which gives this kitchen island cart a clean look.





Woodworking Tools Need to Build Your Kitchen Cart.

The woodworking tools needed to build kitchen island cart are the very basic.

The HAND woodworking tools required are:


The only POWER woodworking tools are:
circular saw and/or jig saw, a drill, and a sander.





This Kitchen Cart Requires the Following Materials.


All of the materials to build kitchen island cart are accessible at any big box home improvement store.

The lumber you will need for these free wood working plans are:

  • 20' of 1 by 12" pine boards;
  • 2' of 1 by 10" pine boards;
  • 8' of 1 by 4" pine boards;
  • 8' of 1 by 2" pine boards;
  • 2' of 1 by 6 pine boards;
  • 1 24" by 24" solid pine panel; and
  • 1 3/8" thick 4' by 8' bead board sheet.

Learn more about how to select the best pine boards for these free woodworking project plans.





The other materials used in this free build kitchen island cart plan:



Estimated Project Costs.


The cost to this build kitchen island cart using pine boards, and 1 pine panel, is approximately $80 - $90.

The same plan could be built with oak, plywood or all pine panels. The costs would vary based on the material.

Because pine is soft and much easier to work with than the hardwoods, we recommend pine and pine panels for beginner projects.



You Are Ready to Cut Your Wood.

Cut The Pieces to Build Kitchen Island Cart.

From the solid pine panel:
Cut the top 24" long and 13" wide.

From the 1x12:
Cut 2 sides 32" long and 11 1/8" wide;
Cut 4 shelves 21 7/8" long and 10 3/8" wide.
Cut 2 doors 15 3/8" long by 11 1/16" wide.

From the 1x10:
Cut the drawer bottom 20 5/16" long and 9 1/4" wide.

From the 1x6:
Cut the drawer front 22 5/8" long by 4 1/4" wide.






From the 1x4:
Cut the drawer box pieces-
Cut the front and back 20 5/16" long.
Cut 2 sides 10 11/16" long.

From the 1x2:
Cut a vertical cleat 14 1/2" long.
Cut 3 horizontal cleats 21 7/8" long.

From the 4x8 panel of 3/8" thick beadboard:
Cut the back 21 7/8" wide by 32" high;
Cut 1 cabinet back insert 21 7/8" wide by 14 1/4" high; and
Cut 1 shelf back insert 21 7/8" wide by 11" high.









With the Wood Cut You Can Get Ready to Use Your Kreg Jig.

Set-up your Kreg Pocket Hole Jig for 3/4" Thick Wood.

Pocket holes are needed for the 3/4" thick material used for the main pieces of this rolling build kitchen island cart. You will need to set up the step drill bit for 3/4", as well as the Kreg Jig guide as shown in this photo.

If you are not certain how to do that, please review the Kreg Jig Set-up Instructions.









All Set to Drill the Pocket Holes.

Use Your Kreg Jig to Drill the Pocket Holes.

The 4 shelves are the only pieces with pocket holes in the cabinet box. Neither the sides nor top will have pocket holes.

Drill 3 pocket holes on each end of each of the 4 shelves as shown in the photograph.

All 4 of the cleats will have 2 pocket holes in each end. To get 2 holes in the 1 1/2' wide ends, use the 2 closest holes in your Kreg jig drill guide.





The Drawer Bottom Has 12 Pocket Holes!

The bottom of the drawer box has 12 pocket holes, that will join the sides, as well as the front and back of the drawer box.

With all this cutting and drilling you are ready for assembly, which is shown on Page 2 (Link is below) of these plans.



Click here to go to the pdf
for this free kitchen island plan.



You are Ready to Build Kitchen Island Cart!

Now that you have the pieces cut, and the pocket holes drilled, it is actually time to assemble your cart!  Click here, or on the photo, to go Page 2.





You Can Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets With Your Kreg Jig!


Click on this link, or on the photo, to see how one homeowner refaced the kitchen cabinets using the Kreg Jig.

The results are dramatic!



Leave 'Build Kitchen Island Cart' to see the other cabinet plans that use pocket hole joinery.

Check out the free pocket hole plans from the Kreg Tool Company.

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