Make A Kitchen Island Benchtop
To build this freestanding bench, flat-packed cabinets were joined to create the base and an 800mm square top was made from laminated camphor laurel boards then attached to a melamine backing.
DIY: $1330 (HAVE IT DONE for $1920)
SKILL: 3 (INTERMEDIATE)
TIME: 2 DAYS
MAKE THE BASE with two off-the-shelf cabinets measuring about 800 x 700 x 370mm, with 160mm legs.
Secure from each side using four 30mm x 8g timber screws, attaching a 600 x 50mm perforated metal plate to the base joint with 20mm x 8g screws.
FOR THE BACKING mark down the centre of 780 x 720 x 16mm melamine then 300mm either side, drilling 8mm diameter clearance holes 100mm apart along the three lines.