HOW TO MAKE AN ISLAND BENCH
You can easily customise this design – just check all components against the unit as it is being built, before cutting them to size.
Gather your supplies
Kaboodle Kitchen 600mm oven cabinet, 200mm base cabinet with door and raw end panels (2); 800mm MDF bookcase; finegrit sandpaper; acrylic primer; Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss in Maximus; painting tools; screws, to suit; drill and bits; clamps; pine balustrade, to suit; saw; PVA glue; 42 x 31mm primed pine, to suit; wood filler; timber turned legs (2); kickboard, to suit; engineered stone benchtop, to suit; white silicone; 600mm oven
STEP 1 Assemble cabinets but don’t attach door just yet. STEP 2 Lightly sand MDF bookcase. Wipe away dust. Apply primer. Let dry. Apply 2 coats of Aquanamel. Let dry after each coat.
STEP 3 Butt together oven and base cabinets. Make level, then screw together.
STEP 4 Clamp bookcase to cabinet assembly. Make level, then screw together.
STEP 5 Measure and mark balustrade to make rectangleshaped frame. Use saw to mitrecut corners. Glue and screw together. Measure, mark and cut 42 x 31mm pine to sit within frame. These pine supports must sit below top edge of frame to allow for thickness of benchtop. Glue and screw supports about 450mm apart widthways. Fix 1 support lengthways where frame extends beyond top of cabinets. Fill holes.
STEP 6 Repeat method in step 2 to paint frame and legs.
STEP 7 With a helper, position frame on cabinet assembly.
STEP 8 Position 1 leg in each corner of frame, away from
cabinets. Make level. Clamp frame to legs and cabinets.
STEP 9 Screw through legs into frame, and through cabinets into frame.
STEP 10 Repeat method in step 2 to paint exposed parts of cabinets, door, end panels and kickboard. Let dry.
STEP 11 With a helper, put benchtop in position.
STEP 12 Apply silicone to gap between benchtop and frame. Let set.
STEP 13 Fit door and end panels. Measure, cut and fit kickboard.
STEP 14 Get electrician to make provision for oven, and install.