DIY Rolling Kitchen Island with Live Edge Table Top
This rolling kitchen island was built by Ben for his son's new condo as a student at LSU. Space inside the condo is limited, so Ben wanted to create something that could be rolled out of the way when needed. The island frame was built using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe paired with a live edge table top. In this article, we'll take a closer look at Ben's project, how it was built, and show you how you can build your own:
Before anything, Ben wanted to find a table top that would fit the look of the elements already featured in the condo. The result is this Sinker Cypress live edge top carved out of an estimated 700 year old tree at the time. The tree was estimated to have been cut down some time between 1820 and 1880. The top even has a few axe marks from when it was originally chopped down. In that time since, the piece was buried in silt until recently when Ben acquired it.
With the table top decided upon, Ben moved onto to searching for legs to pair it with. That's when he stumbled across another kitchen island on our website and decided to go with Kee Klamp for the island frame. The frame was built using our Simple Table Basic Kit which allowed Ben a simple way to pair the table top with a frame that would match the aesthetic he was going for. Here is what he had to say about it:
"The condo is actually a retro / industrial motif and already had been designed with other reclaimed wood accents, some that were supported by galvanized pipe. Your product fits in perfectly with that design...I was pleased that it is very strong and sturdy and was especially pleased with the quality of the wheels."
Fittings & Pipe Used in the Kitchen Island Frame
Like mentioned in the project details above, Ben's kitchen island was built using our Simple Table Basic Kit. The kit is configurable in height, length, and width based on the dimensions you enter.
Parts List for Kit
How to Assemble the Kitchen Island
As with most other projects that use Kee Klamp fittings, the exact order in which you assemble the project can vary and depend on how you would like to approach the assembly process. However, below we have provided a recommended step by step guide (with diagrams) for instructions to assembling the kitchen island.
First, start by assembling the horizontal support to the kitchen island frame. The support will utilize six Single Socket Tee fittings. Follow the diagram above (Figure 2) to assemble the horizontal support. Be sure to tighten down the set screw to each fitting to secure it to the pipe.
From there, slide each of the lengths of pipe, used for the kitchen island legs, into the open sockets on the horizontal support (Figure 3). Tighten down the set screw to each fitting to secure it to the pipe.
Next, slide each of the Casters into the open end of pipe on the kitchen island frame (Figure 4). The Casters have a bolt above the wheel that can be tightened in order to secure it to the pipe. Visit the Caster product page for a closer look and an installation video on how to do this.
Now, slide each of the Flange fittings onto the exposed ends of pipe at the top of the kitchen island frame (Figure 5). Tighten down the set screw on each Flange to secure it to the pipe.
Once the frame is completely assembled, you can attach the table top. In this project, Ben used a live edge finished piece of wood but you can attach any type of table top you want. Place the table top over the Flange fittings (Figure 6). From there, use the appropriate hardware to attach your desired table top. Note, the Flange fittings have four holes in them for attaching to the table top.
With the table top now attached, you should now have a complete rolling kitchen island.
Remember, if you order the table kit, the height, length, and width of the frame are all configurable based on your desired dimensions. If for any reason, you find that you need help designing your kitchen, or with the assembly process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our projects team. Our team is experienced in building similar projects and offers free design assistance to help create your perfect project. Finally, be sure to sign up to our email newsletter below, to receive updates on futures projects like this one.