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One advantage peninsulas have over islands is that they can act as a friendly barrier to keep kitchen visitors at bay. This is crucial if your kitchen is on the smaller side. The chef or chefs can be prepping a meal without having to dodge people perched around an island. By putting the seating area on the outer edge of the peninsula, away from the work zone, your kids or guests can sit nearby and visit with you while you work, but not be underfoot or in the way of any cabinets you need to access.
Birdseye maple features a pattern of small brown swirling "eyes" (which are actually diminutive knots) that almost resemble cells seen under a microscope. Because it's so expensive, this type of maple is sold primarily as a veneer and is a prized choice for cabinetry. (It's also frequently used as interior trim on high-end cars.)