Had serious doubts about it because metal work can be really good or really bad and being the perfectionist that I am I was convinced the quality of the table could not be there. Well, I was totally wrong. The base is a piece of art. I went and measure it because I could not believe how thick it was. It is way over 1/4" thick. The welding is extremely well done and the finish is beautiful. The picture shows black but it has hints of silver that make the finish very antique. The top is beautiful and thick and serves the purpose we wanted perfectly. All in all I could not be happier. Oh, one more thing, I hope you dont have to lift it because it weights a ton!!!