1. Before assembling all pieces were stained with Minwax Early American. I first brushed on wood conditioner according to instructions and then applied a single coat of stain with a foam brush. I whipped the stain off after 30 minutes.
2. I applied three thin coats of matte polyurethane to the butcher block top, allowing to dry at least 2 hours between coats. I then lightly sanded the surface with 180 grit sand paper. I applied two more thin polyurethane coats and sanded with 220 grit sand paper to achieve a smooth finish. I finished off with two final coats of polyurethane.
3. I cut 6 inches off the bottom of each leg to shorten the cart to an appropriate height for use with a vessel sink. I assembled according to the instructions. I then marked and drilled the holes for the drain and faucet.