The only surprise we had was that the color of the wood was more of a red, mahogany tone than we preferred. My engineer husband who often complains about how products are put together was impressed with the instructions and ease of how it assembled. It is a sturdy product.
The top was damaged but Overstock was very helpful and sent a new one. However, it is not the best wood and unfortunately I think it will mark up easily. One day it will go in the rec room. It is nice looking, just the quality of the wood.
This table is good looking but very cumbersome to assemble. Getting things to line up required the use of my pipe clamps and my wife too. It is definitely not a 15 minute job. Looks nice once assembled but the particle board does not hold screws very well.
I do not think this product is worth the price whatsoever. The top is a nice finish and a heavy piece of quality wood . However the metal scroll pieces look cheap and the leg braces look almost warped. It was fairly easy to put together but the bottom shelf screw and holes did not match up at all. It's not exactly level and I was disappointed that I had ordered two of these. Would definitely not recommend.
I have been looking for some end tables that don't have glass tops, without spending a fortune, which have been difficult to find. This table is perfect! It is a great color (matches our furniture). It is a reddish tone brown. It is very solid, and quite large. It looks more expensive than it was. I love the metal accents on it. It is a stylish and functional end table. I am going to order another one. My husband put it together with ease I even think I could have even done it.