Introduction

a finished butcher-block island on wheels
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Call it a Kitchen addition on Wheels. If you're hankering for a bit more elbow room to prepare meals, this rolling island lets you make the most of the floor plan you already have. Generous sections of butcher-block countertop give you plenty of easy-to-clean culinary workspace up top and lots of storage space—including room for hanging pots—down below. The sturdy frame, made of sections of gas pipe, gives it an industrial flair, and the casters make it easy to move. Follow along as This Old House contributor Christopher Beidel, owner of Pernt, a handmade-furniture company in Brooklyn, New York, shows you how to assemble this modern take on the classic kitchen island.

Butcher block: IKEA Numerar, $169.
Gas pipe and fittings: The Home Depot

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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      measuring tape
    • hand clamps
      clamps
    • straightedge guide
      straightedge
    • Painter's Tape
      painter's tape
    • circular saw
      circular saw
    • random orbit sander
      random-orbit sander with 100-, 120-, and 180-grit discs
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • Lag-screw driver bit
      driver bit
    • belt
      belt
    • Rafter Square
      rafter square
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      -inch bit with countersink
    • combination square
      combination square

    Shopping List

    Butcher-block countertop.
    Get one 25-by-96-inch piece IKEA.
    (Note: The size of the gas pipe has been corrected from the print edition.)

    ½-inch iron threaded pipe.
    Get one 36-incher, six 18-inchers, two 12-inchers, four 6-inchers, six 5-inchers, two 4½-inchers, and six 2-inchers.

    ½-inch iron threaded pipe elbows. Get two.

    ½-inch iron threaded pipe flanges. Get eight.

    ½-inch iron threaded pipe tees. Get 14.

    1x10 oak board. Get one 8-footer.

    Wood glue

    1-inch No. 10 flat-head wood screws for securing the flanges and shelf boards casters. Get four.

    1-inch No. 10 pan-head wood screws for securing the casters

    Beeswax

    Mineral oil