I wanted a cherry island. A peninsula, to be precise. With a granite top. Cherry to match the cabinets I designed for the rest of the kitchen, and granite, well, just because I can't think of a better way to tp off cherry than with dark granite.
The first step to build the carcasses for the base cabinets. The plan was to have two cabinets, each with two pot drawers and one standard cutlery drawer on top. I built the frames from cherry plywood, and pine and maple members.
The next step was the drawers, constructed from solid cherry with cherry ply inserts in a pseudo-Shaker style.
Needless to say, in a 50 year old house, the floors are anything but true, so lots of shimming was needed. I think the end result was worth the effort.