Among friends, I call the assembling of these things, "the IQ test." Some people must whiz through this but it took me over 3 hours. (Okay.. almost four!) I do it very carefully... lay out all the parts and hardware and try to proceed with deliberation, knowing from experience that trying to hurry is a plan for disaster. Once assembled, the overall feel of the cart is sturdy and matches the photo quite exactly. As fa as I know, the top is NOT for cutting board use; too bad, and I don't know how the cart will wear yet. With one side open and one side with a door, it has a nice look. The shelves are good sized.