How to Build a Portable Outdoor Kitchen Island
- Miter saw
- Kreg jig
- Nail gun
- Tape measure
- (9) 8′ 2×4 boards
- (6) 8′ 1×4 boards
- (10) 5 1/2″ x 6′ cedar fence pickets
- (2) 3 1/2″ x 6′ cedar fence pickets
- (100) 2 1/2″ blue-cote Kreg screws
- (150) 1 1/4″ finishing nails
- Wood glue
- Outdoor wood sealer
- (4) 3″ swivel castors with locks
- 38″ x 72″ counter top
- From the 2x4s cut:
- (4) island frames, 61 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
- (4) island frame sides, 35″ x 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
- (10) vertical frames, 28″ x 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
- (4) shelf sides, 16″ x 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
- (4) shelf supports, 18″ x 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
- From the 1x4s cut:
- (22) shelf slats, 23″ x 3/4″ 3 1/2″
- From the cedar fence pickets cut:
- (10) side panels, 35″ x 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
- (2) top side panels, 35″ x 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
- (5) back panels, 68 1/2″ x 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
- (1) top back panel, 68 1/2″ x 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Build the base of the island by attaching two of the island frame boards between the island frame sides. The back island frame board should be 12″ from the back of the island frame sides. Repeat for the top of the island.
Build the sides and center posts of the outdoor kitchen island by securing the shelf sides between the vertical frames so they are 16 1/2″ up from the bottom. Build a total of 4.
Attach the sides and center posts to the base of the island. Attach two to the outside of the base and two 18″ in from that. Make sure the pocket holes for the outside of the portable kitchen island are facing out so they will be hidden by the cedar pickets.
Attach the shelf supports between the vertical frames. The bottom should be 16 1/2″ up from the base of the outdoor kitchen island.
Attach a vertical frame board to the end of each of the island frame sides.
Secure the island top to the outdoor kitchen island.
Add slats to the bottom and the shelves with wood glue and 1 1/4″ finishing nails.
Sand, stain and seal the finished frame before attaching the cedar.
Start by attaching the cedar panels to the back of the kitchen island. Notch out the bottom panel so it fits over the 2x4s on the sides. Attach the cedar with wood glue and the finishing nails on each vertical post. Continue up the back until the top panel. This one will need to be notched out like the bottom panel. Then attach the cedar to the sides of the outdoor kitchen island starting at the bottom in the same manner.
Attach the castors to the bottom of the island. Then attach the counter top. My counter top was wood surrounded by stainless steel so I was able to attach it with wood screws through the top of the island frame. If you do not have a counter top, a plywood top that can be tiled would also be amazing for an outdoor kitchen area.
Now all that is left is to add some bins to hold all your outdoor kitchen gear. I am planning on storing paper plates, cups and napkins in one of the larger bins, while the other will be perfect for holding my outdoor table cloths and placemats. Utensils and barbecue tools will be perfect in the top bins. And in the winter, we can carefully store the bins in the storage area of our garage so they are ready for us when the snow melts.
And now out to get in a bit more building before the perfect fall weather is gone!