Follow along as I walk you through each step, from cutting materials to assembly and finishing touches. Whether you're a seasoned woodworker or a DIY enthusiast, this Simple Kitchen Island build is possible for you!

Difficulty moderate


Wood Products

  • 4 Poplar Lumber , 6"X120"
  • 3 3/4" Maple Plywood , 4'X8'

Hardware & Supplies

  • 65 Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1 Wood Glue

Cut List & Parts

  • 4 Poplar Frame Pieces , 3"X34.5"
  • 3 Poplar Frame Pieces , 2"X42"
  • 1 Poplar Frame Pieces , 2"X20.5"
  • 1 Poplar Frame Pieces , 2"X4"
  • 1 Poplar Frame Pieces , 2"X20"
  • 1 Poplar Frame Pieces , 2"X25.5"
  • 1 Poplar Frame Pieces , 6"X42"
  • 1 Poplar Frame Pieces , 3"X42"
  • 2 3/4" Plywood , 23"X34.5"
  • 2 3/4" Plywood , 11"X34.5"
  • 1 3/4" Plywood , 23"X45"
  • 1 3/4" Plywood , 11"X45"
  • 1 3/4" Plywood , 20.5"X23"


  • Cut Lumber

    Cut all of your face frame material from poplar boards according to the cut list. These are the pieces that will pocket hole together and make up the island face.

  • Cut Plywood

    Cut all of your 3/4" plywood materials according to the cut sheet. These are the materials that will make up your cabinet boxes.

  • Drill Pocket Holes in Lumber

    Add all of your pocket holes in the frame pieces you cut previously.

  • Drill Pocket Holes In Plywood

    Add all of your pocket holes in the plywood pieces you cut previously.

  • Secure 24" Island Side with Pocket Hole Screws

    Secure your 45" Deck to your 34.5" legs

  • Add Bracing

    Secure 45" long by 1.75" bracing in the top, bottom and front of your box.

  • Secure Faceframe

    Now that your box is finished staple on your face frame.

  • Add Toe Kick

    Add your 3/4" toe kick to the underside of your cabinet. 3" offset from the face frame.

  • Start Your Backside Cabinet

    Secure your 45" deck to your 34.5" sides. These pieces are your 11" 3/4 plywood pieces.

  • Add Bracing

    Just like with your 23" front side, you'll secure bracing to the top, front and bottom of your cabinet cavity.

  • Add Your Faceframe

    Secure the face frame for this portion with glue and staples, same as before.

  • Secure your two cabinets to eachother.

    Drive screws through the top and bottom braces of your frontside cabinet into the adjacent top and bottom braces of the backside cabinet.

  • Add Side Panels

    Add the side panels that you cut according to the cut list to hide the seam that your two cabinets make.

  • Paint according to your preference.

    Spray that bad boy!

  • Add Countertop

    If you choose to use butcher block material, now is the time to cut it to fit!

  • Secure your Counter

    Drive screws up through your braces into the countertop.

  • Add doors and drawers

    Add your custom doors and drawers that fit the openings you've created.

  • Add Your preferred Hardware

    Pick out the handles and knobs that perfectly suit you and attach them to your doors and drawers.

  • Add Trim

    Along the base of your island, where it meets the floor, add trim so that it blends well and looks finished in that area.

  • Touch Up

    Fill any nail holes and caulk and paint all of the remaining seams.

  • Enjoy!

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