This sapele kitchen island was designed to be built around an existing island to prevent any down time for using the kitchen. The client wanted the new piece to blend with her classical style and add to the versatility of the island. We built the island in two pre-finished pieces that mortise and tenon together around the existing island carcass in order to never have to disconnect and interrupt the use of the stove. We also added a pull out garbage cabinet with a butcher block top for a prep station and a new seating area at the opposite end of the island for entertaining while cooking. The island is constructed of sapele, sapele plywood, granite and maple and is finished with dye stain and varnish.