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DIY play kitchen

What little budding chef wouldn't love their own play kitchen. This DIY play kitchen is super-easy to make if you have a Kreg Pockethole Jig and some spare time on your hands.

You will find all the materials and supplies for this project at your local Builders Warehouse, and using a Kreg Pockethole Jig allows for easy assembly with invisible joins.

This mini play oven has all the detailing for your budding amateur chef. Add your own accessories to bring as much detail as you want to the finished assembly; a tap and basin, 4 hotplates, oven knobs - browse your local Builders Warehouse for small items that can be repurposed or use scrap wood or offcuts.


4 of 44 x 44 x 560mm pine - legs

4 of 22 x 44 x 300mm pine - sides - frame top/bottom

4 of 22 x 44 x 800mm pine - front/back - frame top/bottom

2 of 22 x 44 x 422mm pine - front/back - frame divider

1 of 22 x 408 x 928mm pine or plywood - top

4 of 22 x 44 x 300mm pine - shelf supports

2 of 300 x 510mm 16mm SupaWood - side panels

1 of 343 x 494mm 16mm SupaWood - cabinet centre divider

1 of 343 x 800mm 16mm SupaWood - base

2 of 300 x 392mm 16mm SupaWood - shelves

1 of 373 x 420mm 16mm SupaWood - door

2 butt hinges plus 16mm screws

30mm coarse pockethole screws

Wood glue

Optional: Kreg pockethole plugs


Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Kreg Pockethole Jig

Orbital Sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads

Tape measure and pencil

Optional: Bosch PFS spray system

Have all your timber and board cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse.

1. Assemble the sides

Secure the side top/bottom frames to the legs with pocketholes, as shown above. The bottom frame is 50mm up and both frames are 16mm in from the edge, to allow for fitting the side panels. The side panels can be glued in place.

2. Assemble the back / front

Also with pocketholes, attach the top and bottom back frames to both sides. Insert the centre divider.

Repeat this step to add the front frames. 

3. Attach the base

Pre-drill pocketholes as shown above, and mount the base flush with the sides and front/back bottom frames. 

4. Insert centre divider

Drill pocketholes around the centre divider and secure in the middle of the frame.

5. Add shelf supports and shelves

Secure the shelf supports to the sides and centre divider and then pop on the shelves. These can be screwed to the shelf supports if necessary.

6. Fit the oven door

Use butt hinges to attach the door. Finish off by adding a handle.  


Sand all the rough edges smooth with 120-grit sanding pads and then smooth with 240-grit sanding pads. Wipe clean.

Paint the entire assembly with acrylic PVA, or use a Bosch PFS spray system [PFS 2000] for a professional finish.


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