As soon as I opened the box my eyes started watering and my nose started itching---my wife experienced the same thing. We handled the panel and our hands were stained with something red and it was hard to get it off. I wonder if other customers have gotten the same reaction. I don't know if it's the wood or the stain that caused the reaction. We had to take it outside to get some relief--we'll wait several days before we bring it back inside. It wasn't a pleasant experience so we're trying to figure out several solutions--paint over the stain or wood--wash or scrub it with something. Very disappointed with the item.