@tamarakay, the island table will be a 36 inch height, which I think is typical height for kitchen counters. It's the same height we've got on a big workbench that we've already got in the space. This lets us not only use standard bar stools, but helps save on back and leg fatigue.
Over the weekend we had a great 'breakfast meeting' at Rocco's (local dive of awesomeness), and had fun tossing around ideas and design considerations at each other. She showed me her latest set of 3D renders, but once the food arrived it was all about the eggs benedict...
Then we hit up one of my favorite area lumber yards. Not the cheapest place in town, but they have a great selection of hardwoods and exotic stuff. Some great reclaimed barn wood too, though that wasn't on the menu for our projects. At breakfast, Pandorra had said that she didn't care if the desk and the artspace island were made from matching wood, in fact the side desk was more of a cast-off idea, to use whatever would get the job done simply, versus putting a lot of time and energy into getting the island just right.
So she spent some time ogling and feeling the wood, and getting a sense of what might fit, versus the cost, etc. That would give her things to think about, both for future design revisions as well as the painting/coating once it's built. I think we've settled on this stuff...
It's called baltic birch. It's a little spendy, but incredibly strong and really beautiful. It's the same kind of wood used for the connectors on Otic Oasis (2011/2012), the Pistil inside last year's man pavilion, and the Temple of Whollyness from this year's burn. Plans have been revised a couple times since then, and I imagine we'll revise them another couple times before it gets built. I'd have liked to have started cutting and building asap, but we're waiting until after we get back into town (going away this weekend).
While we were at the lumber yard I picked up a router bit I wanted to get for the project, so I can round the corners a bit on the countertop for the island (it'll come in handy on other projects, too). Then we scored bonus points, as they had a piece of finished maple that would work out nicely for the side desk. We paired that up with some hardware from the container store, and voila... side desk!
They didn't have all the drawer baskets she wanted in stock, so we'll circle back and pick those up once they came in. And yeah, that lamp shade is a little torn up, our recently departed cat discovered that he could tear holes in it with his giant mutant paws one day, and we just haven't gotten around to replacing it yet.
I think that when all is said and done on the island, I'd get a rubber mat and carpet runner under the 3 sides that we'd be working around, as that would make things a lot easier on the feet, legs, and back when we're standing. Anyhow, that's our progress on the project for now.