Assembly took hours (working alone). The dowels I received were not machined well and some had to be trimmed... even then getting the table together required a lot of pounding with a rubber mallet. Of course this table is beautiful once you get it put together. The price of the Overstock version is about half of the brand name version and they look almost identical. I have seen the brand name version of this table in person and the primary difference is in the quality of the drawers. The drawers on this piece are assembled out of MDF and have ball bearing slides. This is the only part of the Overstock version that appears cheaply made. The drawer bottom is not very durable and the slides don't work very well so I don't think the drawers will be very functional in the long run. Other than the drawers it is solid wood and the finish is very nice.
I love this piece of furniture. The color is great. It is solid. It was not that difficult to put together. I did it by myself and just took my time. The only problem I ran into was with the drawers and and the back panel. The predrilled holes were not deep enough and the wood was hard enough that I could not get the screws all the way in manually. I needed to make he the holes deeper using a hammer and nail or a drill. Even with the extra labor needed, I love it and feel it is a great piece of furniture, especially for the price.
Although this piece is heavy and somewhat difficult to put together, it's well worth it. It's a lovely addition to our house and looks very expensive. We store heavy photo albums to display at the bottom and it holds them with no problem at all. The drawers are very small, however; we use them for paper and pens. I'd recommend this product!
I love the console table - I've had it for 6 years now! I received the coffee table as a gift about 4 years ago and the coffee table is actually the piece I have concern with - because of the predrilled holes and self-assembly there's bound to be some hiccups, but mine are not just cosmetic, probably structural as well. The ends (side insets) of our table cracked the first time we moved it across the carpet (and we lifted it). We had thrown all of the packaging away and it was a holiday gift so there was no way to return it and I want to cry every time I dust it because of the very visible damage. Overall the pieces are lovely - very solid, I think I just got the lemon, which is unfortunate because this was one of my first "nice" pieces of furniture.
This table is everything I expected it to be. The 2 drawers slide in and out smoothly and the shelves provide the display area I was looking for. I am also very pleased with the finish. It's an attractive and functional piece of furniture.
This console table is really nice! It is hard to believe that it had to be assembled - it looks so good! It is very heavy weight (it would be pretty hard to move with only one person ... unless you put sliders under the feet). Assembly wasn't too bad. There was one issue with two of the blocks that the drawer sliders attach to - they were in the wrong place - about an inch too far forward so the other pieces wouldn't fit. I ended up taking my MultiMax saw and cutting off the end of the piece and then it worked correctly (I'm not sure how I would have done it without the MultiMax). I also found that it was hard to get the drawers centered in the openings ... I did quite a bit of adjustment with the position of the sliders to get it right - this may be related to the first problem. I didn't like the drawer pulls, so I changed them out for some brushed nickel ones (just had to drill holes through the drawer front for them since the original pulls screw onto the outside of the drawer), and it looks much better. This is perfect for our front hall area !
I love this table! It took two "older" women a little over an hour to assemble, so easy! It is a beautiful table, great workmanship, it sits beside much more expensive furniture and looks so nice. I get lots of compliments on this piece.