I saw the bench in the showroom and loved it, and the price was
quite reasonable, by comparison. Since I was longing for a bench, I
ordered it. Since I ordered it in late August, it took them about 3
weeks longer to complete the order than promised, the excuse being
the Labor Day weekend (which lasts just 3 days...). Once it was
completed, they told me that to get the bench several days sooner I
would have to pick it up from their plant/warehouse. which I did.
When I got there, my bench was all wrapped up in plastic and ready
for transport. The wood was really sumptuous, and I was eager to get
home, assemble it, and start working. Unfortunately, when I got home,
I saw how sloppy the finishing work was. I was ready to take it back
for re-finishing, but my husband dissuaded me. (Besides, I would have
to have his truck to transport the bench back, and he vetoed it.) I
had to strip the butcher block top of the sloppy and uneven coating,
fill in the gaps between the wood pieces, and completely redo the
finish. Due to my busy shedule, I just finished re-finishing it, and
it is a real pleasure to use. It is truly beautiful.
So, if you're prepared to deal with these issues, you'll have a great
bench to enjoy.
Good luck, and let us know what you end up doing.
PS I forgot to mention; the top is, actually, solid wood.