Sometime in November, my wife decided she wanted a kitchen island for Christmas. Not just any island, but a real butcher block top island. Being the good husband I am, after seeing the prices of a few John Boos products, I proclaimed that I could build it, I would just need to buy a few tools ( I only owned a couple of sanders and a chop saw). In my head it still seamed like a good deal, she gets an island, and I get more tools, win-win, right? That seems like so long ago. Actually, after reading lumberjocks forum through and through, gettting ideas and advice from everywhere, i purchased a table saw, joiner and surface planer used, bought rough sawn lumber from a local supplier, and got started. Three weeks and many late nights later, here is the finished product. The top is northern hard maple, 30”x48”x5” consisting of appr. 1.9” blocks. The base is poplar with a few maple accents. The onlay, towel racks (drawer pulls), and feet were puchased (maybe a lathe in the near future). I think i am addicted to tools! After the island was completed, she wanted a stool, so I made her the maple seated saddle stool. The buther blocks are from excess maple from the top construction, I over estimated a bit. The pie is a pot pie, one of my many rewards for finishing the project. Finish on the top is a pure mineral oil soaking with a top coat of Howard block conditioner. The paint is Behr flat latex with an clear acrylic top coat. My finishing skills are lacking, but maybe with a new HVLP sprayer they will improve?