the 1 5/8 thick top is very heavy and sturdy and the detailed edge looks very nice. i am glad i picked 36" deep conference style which has some knee space so that i can share the table with my hasband at the otherside. it's very straightward to assemble but since it's heavy it's two person's job. make sure you screw the cam post using screw driver not just by hand because the other end is an anchor. it will expand and make it very sturdy.the only DRAWBACK is the laminate surface is very very easy to leave a finger print. but it's easy to wipe off too.