This is inspired by perhaps one of the cutest play kitchens I have seen and I am thankful that this was submitted as a project request! You guys have better eyes and ears than I at times and I'm glad when you share something fabulous with me!
We will be covering 2 styles for this play kitchen: the gourmet and the cottage kitchen. Each will have 2 sections, a base and a hutch with storage and a microwave, perhaps even a few accessories if I'm feeling particularly feisty!
Each style will be generally the same in construction and will only differ in how they are trimmed out.
Kreg Jig – optional but recommended
Nail Gun – optional but recommended
2 – 1×12 at 8'
3 – 1×2 at 8'
1 – 1×3 at 6'
1 – 1×4 at 6'
1 1/4 sheet of 1/4″ ply
3 – Drawer Pulls in various sizes for the oven door, and top and bottom cabinets.
Small Sink and Faucet
2 – Stove burners or grates
2 – oven knobs
2″ wood screws – not necessary if using Kreg Jig
1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
1 1/4″ finish nails
1 – 1×12 at 33 1/2″ Top
2 – 1×12 at 24″ Sides
2 – 1×12 at 19″ Center Dividers
1 – 1×12 at 32″ Bottom
2 – 1×12 at 10 1/4″ Outside Shelves
1 – 1×12 at 10″ Center Shelf
1 – 1×2 at 33 1/2″ Top Trim
1 – 1×2 at 35″ Bottom Trim
2 – 1×2 at 12″ Bottom Trim
6 – 1×2 at 8 3/4″ Doors
2 – 1×2 at 13 1/2″ Oven Door
2 – 1×2 at 6 1/8″ Top Cab Door
2 – 1×2 at 10 3/4″ Lower Cab Door
1 – 1×3 at 33 1/2″ Upper Facing
1 – 1×4 at 11 3/4″ Oven Knob Facing
1 – 1×4 at 32″ Footer Trim
1 – 1/4″ ply at 11 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ Oven Facing
1 – 1/4″ ply at 4 1/8″ x 9 3/4″ Top Cab Door
1 – 1/4″ ply at 8 3/4″ x 9 3/4″ Lower Cab Door
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Build the Base Unit: Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue to build the box as shown below. If you aren't using a Kreg Jig you can use 2″ wood screws and glue, just be sure to countersink.
Mark out your sink hole and carve out using your jig saw so that you can set your sink into the hole.
Add the Shelves: The outside shelves are the same size, but all 3 shelves are in different locations. Fasten them in place using your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. If you aren't using a KJ you can use your 2″ wood screws and glue, just be sure to countersink.
Add the Facing and Footer: Use your 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue to tack on the upper and oven knob facing directly to the base unit and from the outside of the sides to attach the footer underneath the bottom board of the base unit.
If you want to give this a truly gourmet look, you might consider painting the Oven Knob Facing in a metallic silver (typically comes in a spray paint can) prior to attaching it (since you will likely have to spray it.
Construct the Doors: You will build all 3 doors by constructing the face frames for each using your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.
To construct a face frame you will place your pocket holes in the rails (horizontal pieces) and fasten them to the stiles (vertical). For the Cabinet Doors, you will then glue on the backing from the back side of the face frames and they will sit with 1/2″ overhang all the way around the opening for the Upper and Lower Cabinet Doors.
To hang your doors, simply allow for gaps as indicated below and attach using simple hinges for overlay cabinet doors.
The oven door will need the hinges on the bottom (obviously) and the cabinet doors should have the hinges on the outside edge.
Cut and Carve the Oven Door Facing and Tack onto the Oven Door using glue. You can paint this piece in a silver metallic finish to get a truly gourmet look!
Add the trim pieces shown below: Use glue and your 1 1/4″ finish nails.
Now it's time to add your fun hardware! You can purchase replacement parts for ovens, stoves, and sinks at your local hardware store and these are perfect for little play parts. I recommend creating a painted section to sit underneath the stove burners and for the facing underneath where the knobs will sit. This will give your piece that fabulous gourmet kitchen look!
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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