Step 3: Assemble the Frame

illustration of butcher-block island with the frame highlighted
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Glue and mount the shelf inside the leg notches, and secure it through the legs with 2½-inch trim-head screws. To make the apron that sits between the legs, cut two 2x6s to 40 inches and two 2x6s to 27 inches. Attach the apron using surface-mounted corner brackets; shave a slice off the top corner of the leg to flatten it so that it fits against the bracket. Fill the screw holes and the seams between the 2x4s on the legs with wood filler. Let dry. Sand with fine-grit sandpaper, prime, and paint the frame.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • speed square
      Speed square
    • drill
      Drill/driver, ½-inch bit, and 1-inch forstner bit
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. Butcher block. Order a 36-by-48-inch block.

    2. Poplar 2x4 to build the legs. Get four 6-footers.

    3. Poplar 2x6 to build the apron. Get two 6-footers.

    4. Poplar 2x3 to frame the bottom shelf. Get an 8-footer and a 6-footer.

    5. Poplar 2x2 to build the shelf slats. Get nine 8-footers.

    6. Poplar 1x3 to build the crosspieces and bracket for the towel bar. Get two 6-footers.

    7. 1-inch dowel to build a towel bar.

    8. Silicone caulk to adhere the butcher-block to the crosspieces and frame.

    9. Surface-mounted corner brackets to hold the butcher block, apron, and legs together. Get four.10. 2¼-inch trim-head screws

    11. 2½-inch trim-head screws

    12. 3½-inch trim-head screws

    13. 2-inch deck screws to attach the butcher block.

    14. 1-inch fender washers

    15. Wood glue

    16. Wood filler

    17. Fine-grit sandpaper

    18. Primer and paint