Wood and Concrete Kitchen Island

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My pizza oven has given me a great new outdoorkitchen space but I've got nowhere to prepare anything.

So I'm going to make a wooden concrete kitchenisland to solve all my problems.

These are the tools and materials requiredto make a wooden and concrete kitchen island.

It will be a fantastic feature in your kitchenand it is essentially made up of two components.

You have the concrete slab top and the woodenbase.

You can get all of your timber base pre-cutat your local Bunnings store.

The only thing you'll have to do yourselfis a couple of miter joints.

This is the Formply required to make the moldfor the concrete slab top.

This is my base piece and this piece I'm gonnause to rip for the sides.

Don't forget to set the guard on your circularsaw, that way you'll get a nice straight cut all the way through.

I've now ripped the links.

To do the sides, the easiest thing to do isjust make sure one edge is flush and then just mark the other with some pencil.

Now that I've got my four sides cut, I needto pre-drill and fix them together.

I'm gonna give these concrete slab a littlebit of finesse by using this tri-quad.

I'll pop it in here like so and what thatdoes is just give it a bit of a nicer edge.

You can do this as well or you can leave itwith a square edge.

Because I don't want my slab to have any sharpcorner edges, I'm gonna insert some tri-quad into there as well.

Once you've got it fixed in, you can cut offthe excess from the top.

Because this is going to be the mold, youdon't have to worry about it looking pretty.

Now that the mold is complete, I need to takeit outside and pour in the concrete.

You need to spray the mold with a Silicone-basedlubricant so the concrete doesn't adhere to the mold itself.

You need Reo Mesh to make sure the concretestays nice and strong.

I've already inserted mine.

I've centralized it within the actual molditself, but you need to make sure it's suspended because you don't want it appearing at thetop of your slab.

To do this, I've used some Reo bar to helpkeep it suspended.

Before even starting to make your concretemix, make sure your mold is nice, level, and flush.

For the concrete slab, I'm using four bagsof ready-mix concrete and half a bag of general purpose cement.

I'm also going to be adding some BondCreteinto the water mixture to give it that added strength.

Once your mixture is ready, you need to shovelit into the mold, start to level it off by using a trowel and make sure you tap aroundall the edges to remove any air bubbles.

While the slab is setting, I'm gonna starton the wooden base.

To begin with, we're gonna do the top outerframe which requires miter joints on each corner, and it's basically a large rectangularpicture frame.

So set your saw to the first 45-degree miter,cut off the end, and then do your measurement to make sure you've got the right length,and then do you next miter cut.

I now have the basic outer frame ready tobe put together.

So I'm just gonna use a fixing gun just tosecure it and hold it in place before pre-drilling and screwing it together.

So I have my two Mulberry legs.

I'm going to place a piece of bracing acrossthe top and also some at the bottom for my bottom shelf.

To make sure the bottom's evenly spaced, I'mjust gonna use a scrap bit of Mulberry timber that I have here as a spacer.

I'll measure it to make sure it's nice andsquared.

Otherwise, when you put it on the floor, it'sgonna be all wonky, and you really don't want that.

It's always a great idea to do pilot holesespecially with the timber like Mulberry because it is so hard.

You don't want the screw to split your post.

So once I've made my second pair of legs,I'm gonna fit all four of them into the top of the frame.

Position the legs in the frame, making surethey're nice and square.

Once that's done, countersink, pre-drill,and fix them in.

I'm about to make a bottom shelf.

Not only does it help add stability for theweight of the concrete slab to go on top, but you can put anything you like underneathon it.

As with the top, I'm gonna repeat the sameprocess to put the shelf together as well.

Now, I need to put the shelf frame onto theactual legs.

To secure the slats, I'm just gonna use the16 nail to hold them in place so then I can countersink, pre-drill, and screw them down.

I'm gonna use this piece of timber so I canevenly space my slats.

As you can see, concreting waits for no onethat's why I'm screeding and edging under these lights because I need to leave it overnightto dry.

The concrete slab will be really heavy somake sure you definitely have some people around to help.

I'm going for a really robust industrial lookso I only need to give this top a light sand.

But if you're up to something a bit more polishedor refined, you'll need to give it even more sanding or use a grinder.

How fantastic does this look? It can be used indoors or outdoors.

I'm gonna place this outdoors near my pizzaoven.

It's so robust it will last years.

This wooden concrete kitchen island is fantastic.

The concrete slab has a really nice earthytone about it and it's super tough and industrial.

By allowing that extra little bit of effortby putting in the quad, you can see it's giving it a really nice edge and finish.

Do you remember how empty this courtyard spacewas? How great does it look now with this woodenconcrete bench as well as my pizza oven? Both of them combined together make for afantastic outdoor feature.