How to Build a Butcher-Block Island
Combine iron threaded pipe and butcher block to create a kitchen centerpiece
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.
Download and print the cut list.
SATURDAY Cut the countertop and make the frame (Steps 2-11).
SUNDAY Assemble the pieces (Steps 12-18).
Download and print the cut list here.
(Note: The size of the gas pipe has been corrected from the print edition.)
IKEA Numerar butcher-block countertop: two @ 42 inches
½-inch iron threaded pipe for stretcher: one @ 36 inches
½-inch iron threaded pipe for rungs and towel bar: six @ 18 inches
½-inch iron threaded pipe for shelf rungs: two @ 12 inches
½-inch iron threaded pipe for legs: four @ six inches
½-inch iron threaded pipe for legs and shelf rungs: six @ 5 inches
½-inch iron threaded pipe for legs: two @ 4½ inches
½-inch iron threaded pipe for legs and towel bar: six @ 2 inches
½-inch iron threaded pipe elbows for towel bar: two
½-inch iron threaded pipe flanges for legs: eight
½-inch iron threaded pipe tees for legs: 14
1 x 10 oak board: one @ 38 inches
1 x 10 oak board: one @ 35½ inches