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Kitchen Convertible


The beauty of this project is that with just a few modifications, the work table becomes either a kitchen island or a workbench for a home office, garage or workshop.

The stock you use for constructing the table will depend on its intended use.  Solid oak, birch, pine or cedar is better or the kitchen or home office, heavier 2” x 4” lumber for the garage or shop.  Pine and birch plywood was used in this project and the sides of the legs are routed with an ogee bit for a decorative appearance, but this is optional.  Pre-drill all screw locations with a combination drill and countersink bit, and use wood caps to cover the holes.  Apply wood filler to the rough edges of the plywood to fill the gaps, let dry and sand lightly.  The veneer edging tape will adhere much better if there is a solid undersurface beneath it.  Attach iron-on veneer edging tape to the plywood edges before installing the shelves. 



  • Table top: 24” x 48” x ¾” birch plywood
  • Shelves: 17 ½” x 44” x ¾” birch plywood (2 pieces)
  • Legs and shelf supports: 1 ½” x 3” pine – 24’
  • Center shelf supports: 1 ½” x 3” pine – 8’
  • Upper frame: 1” x 4” pine – 12’
  • Wood glue
  • 1” #8 wood screws
  • 1 ½” #8 wood screws
  • 2” #8 wood screws
  • ¾” #8 wood screws
  • 90° corner braces 2”
  • castors
  • 5/16” hardwood buttons
  • fine sandpaper
  • wood filler
  • 13/16” iron on birch veneer tape


  • measuring tape
  • bench saw
  • compound miter saw
  • combination drill/countersink bit
  • sander
  • framing square
  • clamps
  • router (optional)
  • ¼” ogee or cove bit (optional)
  • 5/16” wood bit
  • iron
  • power drill


  1. top 24” x 48”
  2. upper frame ends (2): 22”
  3. upper frame sides (2): 46”
  4. legs (4): 32 ¾”
  5. center shelf supports (2): 40 ½”
  6. shelf supports (4): 17 ½”
  7. shelves (2): 17 ½” x 44”

  1. Cut the material to size as indicated in diagram.  Bevel boards for the upper frame 45° at corners.  Cut table top and shelves to size.
  2. Attach the four legs to the upper frame using wood glue and 1 ½” and 2” wood screws.  Use clamps to secure your work and framing square to check for 90° corners.
  3. Center the four shelf supports on the legs and install them using glue and 2” wood screws.  Use the clamps to secure the pieces between the legs.
  4. Using 90° corner brace and ¾” #6 screws and wood glue, install the two center shelf supports as shown in diagram.  This will strengthen the leg assembly and add support along the length of the shelves.
  5. Invert the table top onto a protected surface to prevent scratching, center the completed frame over the plywood top and secure it will eight braces and ¾” #6 screws.  Install the two shelves, using the clamps to hold the plywood onto the side supports.  The shelves are spaced to provide ample room for storage baskets, kitchenware or small appliances, even a wine rack, in the kitchen, and tool storage in the shop or garage.  For garage or workshop, consider adding a “backsplash” along one length of the table top to provide a display area for hooks and tool racks.

  6. Drill a hole of the required diameter into the bottom center of each table leg to install castors or wheels.

  7. Sand the table.  Install 5/16” wood caps over screw holes and complete with the finish of your choice.  Note:  We’ve attached a paper towel dispenser at one end for kitchen use.  For the shop or garage, tool holders or a power bar would be useful additions.
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