Build Kitchen Island Cart, with a Drawer, Using These Easy Woodworking Plans.
DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner
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.
The link to the pdf for this free kitchen island plan is at the bottom of the page.
Check out Ana White plans in her new book The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room published in the fall of 2012.
Ana White is well known for her Kreg plans for the woodworking beginner. This book contains a plan for a recycling console and a kitchen island. Even if you only use one plan out of the 34 included in the book, the purchase price will be well worth it!
POCKET HOLE JOINERY USED:
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 NEEDED:
The woodworking tools needed to build kitchen island cart are the very basic.
The hand woodworking tools required are:
- tape measure;
- a square;
- Kreg pocket hole jig;
- screwdriver; and
- woodworking clamps.
The only power woodworking tools are:
circular saw and/or jig saw, a drill, and a sander.
If you are looking to buy a drill, we recommend the right angle drill for pocket hole joinery. This type of drill allows you to drive pocket hole screws in smaller areas, such as inside drawers or bird houses.
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:
- 44 - 1 1/4" coarse thread, Kreg pocket screws;
- 14 - 1 1/4" flat head wood screws;
- 25 5/8" wood screws;
- 4 - 2 1/2" 1/4 inlay cabinet hinges;
- 4 pull knobs;
- 21 - 5/8" nails;
- 15 3/4" nails; and
Click on the photo to purchase your screws from Woodcraft.
WOODWORKING PROJECT COSTS:
The cost to this build kitchen island cart using pine boards, and 1 pine panel, is approximately $75 - $85.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Drawer Box Construction Comes First.
You will be using your assembled drawer box as a spacing jig when you build this kitchen island cart, so it needs to be joined together first.
Lay one of the long side pieces on your flat surface. Align the drawer bottom along the bottom edge of the side. Clamp in place, double-check for square, and drive the Kreg screws into the pocket holes.
Lay the other long side piece of your drawer box on the flat surface. Align the drawer bottom with the bottom edge of that side piece. And, as before, clamp in place, double-check for square, and drive the pocket hole screws.
The short front and back pieces of the drawer box can now be joined to the sides and bottom using pocket hole joinery.
Once those 2 pieces are added, your drawer box is completed, and you can move on to assembling the cabinet box.
Assemble the Cabinet Box of Rolling Build Kitchen Island Cart.
Lay one of the side pieces, with the best side down, on the flat surface, and clamp into place. Align the bottom shelf along the bottom line of the side piece, making the front of the shelf flush with the front of the side piece. This will leave a 3/8" gap at the back, where the bead board will eventually go.
For the bottom shelf, you want the pocket holes to be on the bottom, where they will not seen.
Clamp into place, double-check for square, and drive the Kreg jig screws.
Repeat the same to attach the top shelf to the same side piece. Again, align the front of the top piece with the front of the side piece to create the 3/8" setback.
For the top shelf, the pocket holes could be on the top, as that will be covered by the final top piece. Or, they could be on the bottom, as that will be hidden by the drawer to this build kitchen island cart plan.
One of the Kreg clamps that is very helpful here is the right angle clamp, often called the "ultimate clamp for joining 90 degree pocket screw joints."
The steel pin on one arm of this Kreg clamp fits into one pocket hole. The other arm clamps to back of the piece you are clamping. You drive the screw in the pocket hole adjacent to the steel pin.
To purchase Kreg clamps from Sears, click on the photo.
The 2nd shelf from the bottom can also be joined to the side.
The best way to do this is to take the piece of beadboard that is 14 1/4" high, and use it as a spacing jig. Set the beadboard on the top of the bottom shelf, and then align the bottom of the next shelf on the top of the 14 1/4" piece.
Use the beadboard again, when you join that shelf to the other side. See the pdf at the bottom of the page to see how the spacing jig is used, or to learn more about the benefits of using spacing jigs,
This photo shows the 3/8" space at the back of each of the shelf pieces.
You can now join the 2nd side of the cabinet box to the first side and the 3 installed shelves.
As before, clamp in place and double-check for square, before you drive the Kreg jig screws.
Next attach the Top To This Build Kitchen Island Cart.
Before you put the next shelf in your cabinet box, you want to attach the top. If you put in the shelf that will support the drawer first, it will be difficult to attach the top.
Lay the best side of your top on a protected, flat surface. This free kitchen island plan calls for the back of the cabinet box to be 5/8" inset from the back of the finished top. This will give you a front overhang of 1 1/4".
When positioned correctly, clamp the cabinet box in place. Drill holes for the 1 1/4" flathead wood screws to go from the cabinet box into the cabinet top. And then drive those screws.
Attach Your Last Shelf.
The last shelf will hold up your drawer. Put your cabinet box on its side. Place the drawer next to the top of your cabinet box. Align your shelf next to the bottom of your drawer, making it flush with the front of the side.
Clamp the shelf into place and double-check for square, before you drive the pocket hole screws.
Attach the Cleats Next.
The 3 horizontal cleats can now be added as follows:
One just above the bottom shelf;
One just below each of the middle shelves.
The vertical cleat (not shown in the photo) is joined at the center of the front of the bottom shelf, and the 2nd shelf up. It will be behind the 1/8" gap between the cabinet dooors.
Attach the Back to Your Cabinet Box.
The beadboard back can now be attached. Lay the cabinet on its face. Mark where the cleats would come on the beadboard. Lay the beadboard piece in place, and attach it to the cleats using 5/8" brads or finishing nails.
When you roll the build kitchen island cart around, the back looks almost as great as the front.
Insert the Other 2 Pieces of Beadboard.
The smallest piece of beadboard will fit behind the open shelf space on the inside back of the cabinet, just below the top cleat. Use 5/8" brads to attach this piece to the outside back beadboard.
The 14 1/4" piece will fit behind the closed shelf space on the inside back of that section of the cabinet. Use 3/4" brads to attach this piece to the two lower cleats.
The addition of these pieces gives the kitchen island cart a pleasing, and cohesive look.
Complete the Drawer Box Construction.
Lay the best side of your drawer front on a flat surface. Align the front of your drawer box so that it is centered on all 4 sides of the drawer front.
When it is centered, clamp in place, and drill holes for the 1 1/4" flathead, wood screws. Then connect the drawer front to the box with the wood screws.
The completed drawer fits perfectly into the top space you created for it.
This would be a good time to do your final sanding, and then finishing of your build kitchen island cart.
Attach the Hinges and Doors.
The top hinges are spaced 1" down from the top of each door, and the bottom hinges are 1" up from the bottom of each door.
Align the doors so that they overlap the shelf by 3/8".
Add the Wheels.
The wheels we used added 1 5/8" height to our build kitchen island cart. They were fastened to the bottom shelf using 5/8" wood screws. The wheels we used were rated for 33 pounds each.
With the wheels attached, you can roll out your kitchen island cart for more counter space while making pancakes for a houseful of hungry, middle-school boys!
May this build kitchen island cart plan, and the other free wood working plans on our site, encourage you to make furniture for your home, and for the family and friends you love!
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