Shop for Kitchen Islands from Hayneedle.com! The Boos Block Kitchen Island made Boos famous. This beautiful island is crafted from solid hard rock maple hardwood and finished with penetrating oil that brings out the natural grain of the wood. The 10-inch thick end-grain work surface is designed to be easy on your knives; it also resists nicks and gouges, and prevents bacteria from entering the wood. A built-in side knife holder comes standard for your convenience. This island stands 34 inches tall and is available in a variety of different sizes. You can choose to add optional 2.5-inch, commercial-grade locking casters and turn the island into a conveniently mobile kitchen cart. This product ships knocked down for easy assembly.Sizes:18W x 18D x 34H inches; 115 lbs.24W x 18D x 34H inches; 142 lbs.24W x 24D x 34H inches; 185 lbs.30W x 24D x 34H inches; 225 lbs.30W x 30D x 34H inches; 266 lbs.The top of this island is made for chopping and cutting. Recent studies indicate that wood is safer for food preparation than plastic or glass cutting boards; bacteria like salmonella disappear quickly on wood, but tend to live and thrive on plastic. You should always clean your wooden cutting board surface with hot soapy water, taking care to remove any food particles and dry the board immediately.To maintain the beautiful finish of your butcher block top, always wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth and use a mild detergent. You should never soak the wood or let water stand for long periods of time, as it disrupts the moisture content and causes the rails to split. Rinse well and towel-dry before applying new oil. We recommend John Boos Mystery Oil, although drug store mineral oil can also be effective in sealing wood. Oil will enhance the color of the wood and offer short-term protection. It is extremely important to give the wood a good oiling on all surfaces every three to four weeks, imbuing your cart or island with a rich, golden glow. When it becomes dry and lighter in color, it is time to re-oil.About John Boos ProductsLocated in Effingham, Ill., John Boos has become world-renowned for their high-quality kitchen products. Not only is John Boos proud to be featured by numerous celebrity chefs on Food Network programs and others, but they also keep an eye on their environmental footprint. Protecting the environment is an integral part of John Boos' business practice. They're firmly committed to using sustainable resources, recycling byproducts, and maintaining healthy air quality as they manufacture their products. John Boos has been awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in Foodservice Equipment by the Chefs of America, a prestigious acknowledgement of their commitment to quality.