Movable Kitchen Cabinets

Movable Kitchen Cabinets

In this video, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to fabricate a kitchen island out of stock cabinets. Steps: 1. Stock kitchen cabinets come in a wide variety of finishes, colors, sizes, and configurations. 2. Kitchen base cabinets are too tall for use in a mobile island, unless you cut them down to size. 3. Upper wall cabinets at 12 inches deep by 30 inches tall are ideal for building a mobile island. 4. Use a circular saw to cut away the raised lip from the bottom of the cabinets. 5. Place the cabinets upside down and back-to-back, then saw a piece of ¾-inch plywood to fit across the bottom of both cabinets. 6. Attach a 4-inch caster to each corner of the plywood panel; secure each caster with four 1 ½-inch-long carriage bolts, washers, and nuts. 7. Drill four 5/32-inch-diameter screw-shank clearance holes through the bottom of each cabinet. 8. Set the plywood panel with casters on top of the cabinets, then attach the panel with 1 ¼-inch drywall screws. 9. Bore four screw-shank clearance holes through the upper back of one cabinet. 10. Insert wood shims between the two cabinets, then fasten them together with two 1 ¼-inch drywall screws. 11. Turn the cabinets upright and trim the shims flush using a utility knife. 12. Cut four ¾-inch-thick plywood filler strips to fit across the tops of the cabinets. 13. Secure the filler strips with glue and 1 ¼-inch screws. 14. Use a circular saw with a straightedge guide to cut a 36-inch-long wood butcher-block top for the island. 15. Set the butcher block on the island, allowing it to overhang one end by 4 inches and the other by 2 inches. 16. Secure the wood top to the island with 2-inch screws. 17. Smooth the butcher-block top using a random-orbit sander fitted with a 120-grit abrasive disk. 18. Use a clean cotton cloth to apply a coat of mineral oil to the butcher-block top.
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Movable Kitchen Cabinets

Steps: 1. Stock kitchen cabinets come in a wide variety of finishes, colors, sizes, and configurations. 2. Kitchen base cabinets are too tall for use in a mobile island, unless you cut them down to size. 3. Upper wall cabinets at 12 inches deep by 30 inches tall are ideal for building a mobile island. 4. Use a circular saw to cut away the raised lip from the bottom of the cabinets. 5. Place the cabinets upside down and back-to-back, then saw a piece of ¾-inch plywood to fit across the bottom of both cabinets. 6. Attach a 4-inch caster to each corner of the plywood panel; secure each caster with four 1 ½-inch-long carriage bolts, washers, and nuts. 7. Drill four 5/32-inch-diameter screw-shank clearance holes through the bottom of each cabinet. 8. Set the plywood panel with casters on top of the cabinets, then attach the panel with 1 ¼-inch drywall screws. 9. Bore four screw-shank clearance holes through the upper back of one cabinet. 10. Insert wood shims between the two cabinets, then fasten them together with two 1 ¼-inch drywall screws. 11. Turn the cabinets upright and trim the shims flush using a utility knife. 12. Cut four ¾-inch-thick plywood filler strips to fit across the tops of the cabinets. 13. Secure the filler strips with glue and 1 ¼-inch screws. 14. Use a circular saw with a straightedge guide to cut a 36-inch-long wood butcher-block top for the island. 15. Set the butcher block on the island, allowing it to overhang one end by 4 inches and the other by 2 inches. 16. Secure the wood top to the island with 2-inch screws. 17. Smooth the butcher-block top using a random-orbit sander fitted with a 120-grit abrasive disk. 18. Use a clean cotton cloth to apply a coat of mineral oil to the butcher-block top.
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Movable Kitchen Cabinets

Stop wasting space at the bottom of the cabinets; instead, install a drawer that looks like a toe-kick. Perfect for cookie sheets, cooling racks and silicone baking mats. Bonus: 10 Clever Ways to Organize Your Kitchen
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Movable Kitchen Cabinets

Kids love playing in the kitchen while you work, but post-meal clean-up is enough of a drag without adding toys to the mix. Look for clever options like the one in this kitchen island. The kid-height, slide-out shelves collect everything from crayons to tots’ pots and pans.
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Movable Kitchen Cabinets

In a small kitchen, you gotta use every inch of space. As you choose your pull-outs, consider not just food storage, but dish storage. This option offers wire racks that make retrieving tableware a snap.
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Movable Kitchen Cabinets

Situating a built-in dish armoire between the dishwasher and the eating area takes the effort out setting the table. This green cabinet, in a sea of rich browns, also gives the Arts-and-Crafts kitchen color and warmth. Learn more about Arts-and-Crafts Kitchens. Design by Thomas Conway

Movable Kitchen Cabinets

Movable Kitchen Cabinets