How to Make Kanani’s Shave Ice Stand

Posted on May 23 2015 – 10:32am
by Rudy

How to make Kanani's Shave Ice Stand

How to Make Kanani’s Shave Ice Stand

Originally I did not purchase Kanani’s Shave Ice Stand when it was available at American Girl.  And of course later I was kicking myself for that.  As summer rolls around ever year I notice everyone gets out their Kanani Stand and they make awesome Hawaiian themed scenes and it’s so amazing to look at.  I kept telling myself that I would just make one.  I never got around to it, I mean let’s face it, our lists are so long that we will never get around to all of it anyways!  It just keeps getting longer and longer as new stuff comes out!  Anyways, a few days ago I lucked out and scored Kanani’s Shave Ice Stand off Craigslist!  Yay!  This is not only a great find for me, but for all of you that don’t have one or haven’t made one yet! I was able to do a Sketchup and it’s almost identical!  I am very excited to share this one!   And I can’t wait to see your versions once you make it too!  You can share it on the Brag Page.

Keep in mind this is just the stand.  Stay tuned because more is coming like accessories!  Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

Do not forget Kanani’s Printables:

Kanani’s Shave Ice Stand Printables

MDF Cut List:

1 – 1/2” @ 14” x 7 1/16” – Top Counter

1 – 1/2” @ 13 3/4” x 6 9/16” – Bottom

1 – 3/8” @ 13 1/2” x 7 13/16” – Front

2 – 3/8” @ 7 13/16” x 5 15/16” – Sides

2 – 3/8” @ 7 13/16” x 2 15/16” – Back Walls

2 – 1/4” @ 5 1/2” x 2 15/16” – Inside Supports

1 – 1/4” @ 12 3/4” x 3 1/16” – Inside Shelf

1 – 2” @ 13 1/2” x 1 3/16” – Canopy Beam

2 – 1/4” @ 4 1/4” x 2 1/8” – Canopy Sides

1 – 1/4” @ 14” x 3 1/8” – Canopy Front

1 – 1/4” @ 14” x 2 3/16 – Canopy Top – Cut one long side @ 46 degrees and set fence to 2”

1 1/4” @ 14” x 2 5/16” – Canopy Back

2 – 1” x 11” – Rods

2 – 1/4’’ @ 3’’ x 2’’ – Pole Supports

Shopping List:

1 – 1/4” Sheet of MDF

1 – 3/8” Sheet of MDF

1 – 1/2” Sheet of MDF

1 – 2” x 4” @ 15” – I used a scrap 2” x 4” and cut it to the beam specifications

2 – 1” rods @ 12”

Wood Glue

Light Weight Spackle

Optional 5/8 nails – for 18 gauge nailer

120 Grit Sanding Pad

Tools Needed:

18 Gauge Nailer

Tape Measure

Miter Saw

Table Saw

Hearing Protection

Safety Glasses


Sanding Block


Step 1:

This is the top of the counter.  Cut out the indention of the counter.  You will also need to cut two 1″ holes where shown below.

Step 2:

You need to add the pole supports underneath the counter top so the poles have somewhere to sit.

Step 3:

This is the bottom of the stand. Cut out an identical indention as you did in step 1.

Step 4:

Draw a 1/8″ line all the way around the bottom of the stand.  This will be the guide for the sides.

Step 5:

Line up the front piece with the line you just drew.  Wood Glue and nail into place.

Step 6:

Line up the side pieces with the line you drew, glue and nail into place.

Step 7:

These are the inside shelf supports.  Follow the diagram below for placement.  They need to be attached to the bottom of the stand.

Step 8:

Now add the inside shelf.  You can just glue this into place.

Step 9:

Now add the back walls.  Follow the line you drew for placement.  Glue and nail into place.

Step 10:

Draw a line on the bottom of the top counter.  This is the under part of the counter where the pole supports are located.  Follow the dimensions below of the lines.  You can now add the top counter to the base by using these lines as your guide.  Glue and nail into place.

Step 11:

You will have two side canopy pieces as shown below. You need to cut the angle shown below.

Step 12:

Attach the side pieces to the canopy beam as shown below.

Step 13:

Attach the front of the canopy.


Step 14:

Add the top and back of the canopy.


Step 15:

Insert your poles into each hole on the counter and glue the tops of each pole to the canopy.



Make sure to spackle all the nail holes and creases, lightly sand and then paint the color of your choice!





How to Make Kanani’s Shave Ice Stand was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

15 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Kate
    February 3, 2016 at 4:10 am –

    Would foam board still work if I used it instead of wood?

  2. Jocelyn Panameno
    August 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm –

    I like this idea I’m going to make kanani’s ice shave sand ☺

  3. Jen
    June 27, 2015 at 10:37 am –

    Hi! Could you answer a few questions when making the shave ice stand. Can we email?

  4. Jan
    May 27, 2015 at 8:36 am –

    Can you do something for Kaya like her teepee or her doll

  5. Aglvr
    May 25, 2015 at 12:37 pm –

    I totally agree Catlover02! I would love it even more if I didn’t have it, though. I bought it this year! ?

  6. Catlover02
    May 25, 2015 at 5:37 am –

    I also think it would be nice to see you make Josefina’s Oven.

  7. Aglvr
    May 24, 2015 at 7:14 pm –

    Thanks if you see ANY other of Josefina’s ideas you might make, I would be VERY happy! ?

  8. Aglvr
    May 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm –

    This may be a little hard but, Josefina’s loom? You can look it up on Google. Or maybe her doll?

    • Rudy
      May 24, 2015 at 6:54 pm –

      I love a challenge! I will see what I can do!

  9. Aglvr
    May 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm –

    Do you think you could do an idea for Josefina? I have Josefina and she always seams to be getting left out when it comes to special edition thing or new clothes. It’s just an idea. ?

    • Rudy
      May 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm –

      I think that would be great! Were you thinking new items or maybe replicating some of the retired items?

  10. Aglvr
    May 23, 2015 at 10:58 am –

    O.K I went on this site at like 9:00- ish and nothing was new. Now it’s 11:58 and there’s something new! You are on a roll!

    • Rudy
      May 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm –

      I try to be! Is there something you want to see posted?