This is one of the best values for the money if you are looking for a fairly thick butcher block. Many are available in one inch thickness and are for looks only. But this 2" model looks and feels like a true butcher block without going overboard. It for the cook that wants to cut and prepare food right on the surface. The two shelf model is perfect for a wine rack and storing platters while entertaining. The quality is excellent for the money. We searched all the manufacturers sites before making our decision on which model to buy. To our surprise Overstock.com had it in stock and it was quite a bit less than other sites.
If you want a budget island, then this is nice. Building is a challenge; I would recommend a needle nose pliers. Possibly a drill and additional screws b/c it is not really sturdy. I use it stationary, but if you want to move it around then I would highly recommend reinforcing it screws before attaching the top. The wood is nice for a soft wood, and since it's solid wood it offers more flexibility for alterations than particle board. You get what you pay for so don't expect very high quality. I chose this over XXXX b/c of the size and solid wood and I thought I could sell it later for higher than an XXXX island.
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