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Build It or Buy It: Butcher-Block Island

Build It
Cost:
 
$550

Time:
 
5 hours

Difficulty:
 
Easy to Moderate

Love kitchens with a cozy, 
vintage vibe? Skip the built-in, cabinet-base island and opt for a butcher-block worktable instead. The thick slab tops are stronger than wood laid on the flat. They resist warping and nicks better than laminate and almost as well as stone.

Photo: Van Chaplin / Illustration: Gregory Nemec

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Bring this classic worktop to your kitchen with our favorite butcher-block islands. 
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