My idea was to create an original kitchen island at a reasonable cost ... I did not necessarily want to make all the cabinet doors, so I came with this project.
I thought to myself, why not buy a cheap pre-made kitchen cabinet and build up my projet around !!
Step 1: Shelf Frame
The idea or design in my head consisted of a cabinet, with 3 shelves on the side.
I started by building the shelf frame. It was usefull to have the cabinet allready assemble to defined the width and the height for my shelf frame ...
Wood needed :
(2x) 2 3/4'' x 2 3/4'' x 30 1/4'' lg. for both corner. (Maple)
(3x) 1'' x 4'' x 24 1/2'' lg. (Pine)
I used a biscuit joiner and glued everything together in clamp.
Step 2: Caping the Back of the Cabinet
Seeing that the cabinet had only a cardboard sheet behind and it would appear as a central kitchen island, I had to cap it with something stronger. To have a clean surface finish that look as the other parts of the cabinet wall, I used a laminated pine board. After the work was done, I could use MDF instead since it was planned to paint it ... it could have been even cheaper. Always room for improvement :-)
Again, I used the biscuit joiner and glue to fix the back board ...
Material needed :
Laminated pine board 3/4'' x 30 x 28.5
Step 3: Joining the Cabinet and Shelf Frame
It was time to join everything together. Again, the biscuit joiner was helpfull ... I wasn't sure if the biscuit would work good on melamine board but finally, the joining went good !
Material needed :
- (6x) 1'' x 4'' x 10'' lg (acting as cross bar and shelf support)
Step 4: Making More Room for Handling Stuff on Shelf
After the assembly was done, I noticed that there was not enough room to handle the stuff on the shelves properly. I had to thin the top support to give more space. I made this operation using the jigsaw ... it would have been much better to do this operation before installation.
Step 5: Painting
I painted all the wood white to match the cabinet.
I used pearl finish to make the cleaning easier since it will be a furniture in the kitchen
Step 6: Cutting Bamboo Board
It's easy to find bamboo board at cheap price today ... I found one perfect size for my situation ... 25'' x 72'' lg.
I needed a piece 48'' long for the counter top, and 2x 12'' long for the shelfs. MAGIC ! :-D
The shelfs needed to have a little cut-out at each corner to be able to insert them in place.
I used my circular saw to cut the bamboo ... it worked great.
and glue + clamping to fix each board
Step 7: Final Touch
I used a special oil to treat the bamboo board ... reassemble the cabinet door et VOILÀ !
A nice kitchen island for about 350$/can buck ...