This product went together very easily. The finish of the wood is not as smooth as I wanted, so I sanded the pieces before I assembled the chairs. If you have the time and are handy with sand paper, you would be very happy with the results after a few minutes of sanding the pieces before you assemble them. I put a good coat of Cabot Teak deck stain on the pieces. The color of the wood really popped, and the chairs look beautiful. You may want to consider glueing your pieces before assembly. Just a small amount of glue on the dowels will be enough. Wipe any excess immediately with a damp rag.
I've had these chairs and the matching table since Nov 2009 and already one of the chair seats cracked and broke, the wood is cracking on both table and chairs. They will not last another year. I liked them but wouldn't recommend them because of the short lifespan. I am going to contact Customer Service to see what the warranty is on the them to see if I can get the broken one repaired or replaced. Definitely put a good coat of sealer on them. I've oiled them several times but they are not meant to be outdoors in the weather.
I owned two of these chairs for several months and used them only inside as decorative accent chairs in my living room until they started to warp and the joints separated. I then thought they would go out on the patio as extra seating, but that made them last only a short time before all the joints started to separate and pieces began to fall off. They were so nice to begin with, but turned to the worse with in the first year.
I like the chairs. The color of the wood is really nice and they are sturdy. It did take me a while to put them together and they turned out to be alittle smaller than I was expecting. I decided to put them on my back porch instead of the front porch and they look very nice. They could be a little more comfortable though.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? exactly
Please tell us about the quality of the product. solid chair
How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
I purchased the 5 piece set and was extremely happy with it. I then decided to purchase 2 additional chairs to match, but the quality of the additional chairs was a lot worse than the set I had purchased. The color was a little different which I expected and didn't mind, but what bothered me more was that the wood did not look as polished as the chairs that came with the set and they seemed more rickety. The other thing that is annoying is that the hardware that comes with these chairs is extremely cheap. The metal that the bolts are made out of is so crappy that they easily stripped so we were not able to fully tighten them (part of the reason that the chairs seemed a bit rickety). It would probably cost the manufacturer an additional $1 per chair to include good quality bolts so I'm not really sure why they would decide to cheap out on that. Overall I am still happy with my purchase. The chairs are solid heavy wood and look really nice on my deck.
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