These are your basic components. Front, sides, and drawers. I used a regular bandsaw to cut my pieces quickly, but because the wood is so thin you could just use a knife. I will admit I built this island 3 times with different dimensions before I got it just right. The measurements I used in the end were: (2) 2 3/4" by 3 1/8" for the ends, (1) 2 3/4" by 6 1/2" for drawer front, (1) 2 3/4" by 5" for inside (not shown above), and (10 ) 2 3/4" by 12/16" for little pieces that make up the boxes. You will need to take into consideration your kitchen size, my island is slightly lower then the rest of my kitchen cabinets to allow for a better view.
Front with cut out for drawers and inside piece:
See the way the front overlaps both the ends?
Next fit in your drawer. Next time I'll probably make my own. They look really simple to make:
Then you will need to attach the inside piece using glue:
Time to add trim, knobs and finishes. I first switched the houseworks drawer handles for chrome knobs to match the rest of the kitchen. A really simple and quick fix.
Next trim the sides and baseboard using the strip wood. I used the 1/8" by 1/16" for the cabinet part and the 1/4" by 1/8" for the baseboard.
The trim really adds a lot of bulk to the boxes . It also means that the sides by the bar and the sides at the end will now look like they are different widths because of an overlap of trim.
Wider side↑ and Shorter end↓ (see the overlap?)
For a more ornate look you can choose to add in decorative moulding (cove is shown). I used scissors or my knife to cut it and roughly measure it using no ruler (ah!). It's pretty forgiving and any gaps are filled in with paint.
The design I picked for the front: two tall cabinets and two lower. Because the drawers were made so close together I only put cove above and below the two drawers rather then on all four sides. Its something I compromised on but once painted I think it looks okay.
Paint according to your kitchen design. I am showing you a basic paint finish. I still need to stain the baseboards once I have chosen the colour on all my cabinets and floor. Add your knobs, these are Elf miniatures chrome knobs in the smallest size (B).
I found a great way to make drawer pulls which will be explained next time. The countertops were also re-cut and I'll be working on them too.
Hope you found this tutorial helpful and it gives you some mini inspiration!