We will show you how to turn stock kitchen cabinets into a great island workspace. We will even show you how to laminate the countertop if you choose to go that route.
If you are going for homey and cozy in your kitchen, skip the built-in cabinet-base island and instead make the central work area a furniture like table with a butcher-block counter.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for an angled kitchen island. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online.
Roll this cart onto your porch to help with the barbecue, or use it in the kitchen as a gourmet table. Free plans at Popular Mechanics.
The next step in building the kitchen island is to mark out the positions for the shelves and divider very carefully as this then allows you to mark the positions for the knock-down (KD) fittings. The positions are governed by, and indeed marked off, the already sized components.
Ron visited a family whose kitchen was so big they had to shout between the oven and the table. Ron helped them construct a kitchen island out of modular cabinets and a butcher-block top.