Metal - Butcher Blocks
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Tue Sep 24 00:00:00 MDT 2013llenoj56 Rating:5.0
My son and I took several days to assemble this cart. It was relatively easy, with good instructions. Unfortunately, two of the metal drawers were defective. I called Catskill, and they promptly sent out two replacement baskets. I did not even need to return the old ones. The cart is made of high quality wood, and looks even better with butcher block wax.
Thu Jun 23 00:00:00 MDT 2011bob0987654321 Rating:4.0
It's true that the white shelf slats are precariously stapled onto the underlying white wood grid. Forewarned by other reviewers, I handled the shelves very gingerly while unpacking them. Even so, had to use Goop on just one slat. In position, i.e. in use, the chintzy stapling is not a problem. Note that the upper and lower shelves are not interchangeable. The hardwood top and base have 4 dowel holes pre-drilled. Only 2 dowels are supplied, as indicated in the Parts List. So what, do they profit an extra 9 cents from each unit as a result? Seems also chintzy. The most challenging assembly problem was that the 4 metal tabs that screw into the underside of the hardwood top were not formed at anywhere near a sufficient angle to allow just rotating them into the linear grooves in the left and right sides of the cabinet. Just rotating them would have left them about an inch below the grooves. Those tabs are all that hold the top onto the cabinet, with the two dowels only aligning the top to the base (unless you were to glue them). The tabs are very difficult to bend. The solution I applied was to screw the 4 metal tabs firmly onto the underside of the inverted top, and then use the claw of a hammer to bend them up sufficiently to match the level of the grooves. This was done gingerly, in about 4 partial bends each, setting the top on the base each time to check progress, and then takling it off to bend the tabs further. While the angles are now not ideal, the top is quite snug, and the only time a potential problem could ensue woulf be if sharply lifting the whole unit by the top edges. But because of my outstanding artistry in the bending, even this is unlikely. Further, the particular drawing for that assembly step was almost useless, with the relative sizes and locations of those two interlocking parts rendered completely inaccurately, except for the 90-degree angle involved. The second most challenging problem was tapping some of the metal pins into a few slightly undersized holes (Other holes were fine --just snug enough). Even hammering the pins through a block of wood, the lower right rear cabinet wood splintered apart. Clear Household Goop (not the yellow "Plumbers Goop"), two clamps, overnight dry--and I won't tell any of the females around here if you don't. Beyond that, I will say that all the predrilled holes were in excellent alignment. Note that the handle on the right side adds length to the advertised dimension. In the tight corner next to my stove, I had to just leave it off. Trying to think of something else to do with the beautifully-finished handle offers hours of contemplative fun, particularly if you keep it near the toilet. The answer so far: Nothing. The height of the unit is at least an inch and a half lower that the standard stovetop next to it. No big deal, but I did subsequently acquire a 30-inch wide, 1 and 1/2 inch-thick heavy hardwood top to set atop the unit, to make it more nearly contiguous with the level of the stovetop. *** or so, thus made the whole purchase significantly more $$$. But I like the look--more of an actual butcher block, and two inches deeper than the top of the original piece. Looks great, and doesn't detract from ease of opening the drawer. You actually cannot see the original top, without bending way down. I left out the upper shelf, and set a white plastic "tall kitchen bag" trash receptacle on the lower shelf. When in use, the receptacle may be pulled out and set against the unit's door, snugged to the stove. It barely sticks out past the front of the stove, if at all. (My unit is to the right of the stove.) There is still room on the shelf for a couple of large cutting boards set on end. If you found this review useful, please send a large amount of money to Bob, P.O. Box ***, **** NY ****.
Wed Sep 28 00:00:00 MDT 2011yakee Rating:4.0
One metal towel rod is bent and there is damage to the block in three places. This item is too heavy to re-pack and send back.
Fri Jan 15 00:00:00 MST 2010johnsieb Rating:5.0
The package arrived in excellent condition, but a side was damaged. The manufacturer quickly delivered a replacement part for no charge. The cart is exacly as picutred. My wife is very happy with it. I downgraded the value because it seems a bit expensive for an open sided cart. I downgraded the durability because the drawer construciton is not very sturdy and lacks metal slides.
Mon Jul 07 00:00:00 MDT 2014allshewants Rating:5.0
This cart is easy to assemble and quite sturdy. I bought it to use as a microwave cart and mine is large. The only issue with this item is 8 metal dowels that fit end to end, sharing the same holes to sustain interior and exterior shelves. They fit loosely, so you must have glue to put on the ends of the dowels to make them stationary. Very good cart for the price!
Mon Mar 31 00:00:00 MDT 2008azshpr Rating:1.0
After putting this together we were amazed at how unstable it was. We could not put anything on it in fear that it would tip to one side since we could not get it stabilized. Fortunately my husband owns a welding shop and recreated a metal frame for it reusing the slats for shelves, the drawer, casters and the butcher top, which I love. We are very mechanically inclined but the construction was just lousy even after carefully following the instructions and spending over 2 hours putting it together.
Wed Jun 26 00:00:00 MDT 2013woodenboat Rating:3.0
Assembly was a challenge and parts are missing. Still waiting for 16 screws and a new metal basket to replace one of the pieces that had a broken weld. This seems to be consistent with other reviews. Haven't been able to use table as the 16 missing screws attach the top and drop leaves to table. Hoping the leaves are sturdy and level when attached. I'm sure it will be a great addition to my tiny kitchen.
Wed Feb 26 00:00:00 MST 2014discerningbuyer987 Rating:4.0
This item, coupled w two counter height stools, makes for a stylish little breakfast table in my small kitchen. Added plus is the metal top - easy to keep clean and provides extra kitchen workspace when needed. While it gets a bit of a scratched look from normal use and cleaning, that just gives it a bit of character and doesn't look bad. One minor problem I had with it was that one of the legs has a wonky adjustment cover near the bottom, but it's in the back corner so nobody notices.
Tue Nov 19 00:00:00 MST 2013oliver53 Rating:3.0
For the money spent, this is a useable, pressboard cart, good in a small space, but rather cheaply constructed. The assembly directions are of little help, but if you persist and think it through, it's not difficult to put together. One of the holes for the towel bar's hollow metal dowel was too small to accept the dowel and required some filing to enlarge the hole. The finish is a disappointment. Perhaps it left the manufacturer with its oil finish intact, but the desert heat left the oil soaked into the cardboard packaging and not on the cart. Easily enough fixed with a rub down of the recommended Danish oil, but more expense and time. Not a bad buy, just not exceptional value for the money.
Thu Mar 12 00:00:00 MDT 2009marie83 Rating:3.0
I found this to be very disappointing when it arrrived. One part was broken but since it was not weight bearing I simply repaired it instead of replacing it. It was missing a metal pin to hold up one of the shelves. I used something I already had here. It is incredibly, ridiculously difficult to put together with the sketchy directions. The top was the hardest to attach. The predrilled holes were not all drilled deep enough for a tight fit. Once it is all together however, it is really quite nice looking. It is white and not off-white which was fine with me. The top, for all its time and hassle, is very solid and good looking too.It is the perfect size for my kitchen and now that it is finally all put together, I am happy I ordered it.
Mon Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2011trixie25 Rating:1.0
This is something that I could ordinarily put together in an hour, and it took me hours. There was missing hardware, at least one missing step in the instructions, and endless problems assembling it. The slats of the two outside shelves are STAPLED on, and kept falling off, making those shelves pretty much useless unless I can think of a way to secure them with nails or glue. There are no holes to put any metal pins inside the unit to hold up the indoor shelf -- again, a design flaw. I took apart the thing and put it all back together again, certain I must have screwed something up, but I didn't. You get what you pay for but I deeply regret I didn't just go to a local antique or thrift store and find a nice old hutch. Don't waste your money on this product, and particularly avoid if you have high-blood pressure in terms of assembly.
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