Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 9
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Ganfo Marginally Acceptable ... With Reservations
My wife assembled the cabinet with no problem. She asked me to finish the assembly.
It is made of poplar, the softest hardwood. Any furniture made of poplar heeds to be substantial if it is to last. Otherwise it will split and dent in the course of daily life. This item is not substantial, especially in two key ways.
First, the internal shelves are made of 1/2" plywood, An unsupported 1/2" plywood shelf can't support any significant weight over time, it will bend under the weight of a stack of ceramic dishes or cast iron or stainless cookware. I fabricated 3/4" oak slats running the length of the shelf's underside. I also attached a block beneath the rear of the shelf, and attached it to the back panel. The front remains unsupported. I warned my wife to only put light weight items on the shelf. It should be okay if she remembers.
Then I turned the unit upside down. I immediately saw that the predrilled holes for the casters were nearly the same diameter as the thickness of the poplar panels in which they were drilled. Following directions, I gently tapped two casters into two holes using a rubber mallet. The wood split immediately around each hole. I put wood glue in each hole, filled each with a wooden dowel, clamped it and allowed it to dry. Then I fabricated an oak block for each corner, attaching it securely to the original poplar panel with glue and wood screws. I drilled new holes in each block and inserted the wheel casters with no subsequent problems.
I have a hard time understanding how the manufacturer can have actually assembled one of their own products without encountering the same problem. US-made or not, when the homeowner has to assemble the product and then do basic QA adjustments for the manufacturer, I have a hard time justifying a price in excess of $450. Better wood (oak or maple), better thickness, or better design ... any one of these could eliminate this problem, without adding much to the cost. I hope our experience generates some much needed attention.
March 30, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Maverick 40" Deep Storage Kitchen Island
I recieved the boxes a bit banged up but the contents were not damaged. The main fram is aprticle board with a 1/16" plywood overlay. The doors, legs and cutting board top were solid wood and look very nice. Be careful with assembly as the particle board chips off and can break easily. The instructions were included but missing the final steps for assembling the cutting board top. This was easy to figure out. It was missing the four srews to hold on the cutting board top, but I had plenty on hand to do the job. The cutting board top is very heavy and looks great. The particle board frame is the only major down point of this item.
November 15, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Richard1007 Outstanding quality and value
Over the years I have put together between fifteen and twenty "Ready to Assemble" items, including stools, tables, chairs, cabinets, cupboards and bookcases. Never has the task or the final product been as satisfactory as this Deep Storage Kitchen Island has been. The materials are first-rate, all fit together precisely, and the assembly instructions (allowing for a typo here and there) were clear and concise. The result is a piece of furniture that is as practical as it is beautiful.
The only negative comment I have concerns the packaging of the materials. One of the two boxes I received was visibly damaged, and some of its contents were chipped, dented or, in the case of the casters and door handles, missing. But even this turned out alright in the end. The missing parts, which had apparently spilled out into the delivery truck, appeared at my door a day later, and a simple phone call to the manufacturer resulted in replacement parts being immediately shipped to me.
In my mind, the outstanding quality of this Kitchen Island and the excellent customer service I received more than made up of the inconvenience of having to wait for redelivery of the damaged parts. After all, everything did have to travel over 5,000 miles to reach me.
February 6, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jerry It suited my need for extra cabinet and workplace perfectly.
I put it together by myself, but with two people it would be much easier. It is not light, but with the wheels it is easy to move around. Overall a well made product.
July 2, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bergster Nice piece of furniture
Unfortunately a small split appeared in the top within a short period after assembly. This was a gift from our daughter, son in-law and grandchildren :(
December 30, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by b0b4 It was more than we expected and we love it.
I read several reviews on this product and found some of them just did not represent this item very well. We love the shelves on both ends and the large drawer that will hold those large kitchen utensils. Shipping was about what I expected, just need to speed up the processing part of the purchase.
April 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by newbattleaxe Not Quite What I Expected
This kitchen island looked very good in the online photo and illustration on the assembly instructions. It came out of the box easily, and looked like it would be easy to assemble. That's when the fun began! It took three college graduates, one of us an engineer, and much "cussing and discussing," to finally get it put together. The assembly directions were not very clear! Otherwise, the cabinet has met most of my expectations. Adding towel racks on the back will make it just about perfect.
October 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HandyManForReal Now THIS is craftsmanship!
One of the few products on the American market that is Made In America. This is well-machined hardwood, German-made hardware, designed for durability and style. Goes together like Singer sewing machine with very well-written instructions. I love this kitchen island!
December 24, 2013