The work center is a great piece to have in the kitchen. The wood is of good quality and the construction is quite nice. This item does need to be assembled and it took about 6 man hours total to put it together (2 hours one person plus 2 hours two people working together). The item is well worth the price. Another good feature is that it was oiled before shipping. I know I will enjoy using this very nice work center. It is a great addition to the kitchen.