I'm no stranger to furniture assembly and the friend who helped me is a carpenter, which is why I can say with confidence that it's impossible to construct a sturdy piece of furniture with the materials provided. It looks great in the picture but this kitchen island is a complete waste of energy. Although we tried to put the monstrous pieces together (which arrived in 5 heavy cartons), it became obvious that the parts had been tooled improperly in the factory. Even the granite was cracked. I'm usually a fan of products from Overstock, but this time it was a lesson in frustration -- which included an almost comical interaction with customer service. Take my advice and stay away from this one!
Bought this for my daughters as a housewarming gift for their home. Everyone who walks into their kitchen comments immediately on how much they love it! It was little time consuming putting it together but well worth it! It gives extra storage and seating, and of course added counter space.