This table has a nice, very heavy weighted base and thick glass top. it arrived in perfect condition but without much in the way of instructions. there is a long rod you screw to the plate on the underside of the glass top of the table along with a smaller rod which is pretty much to hold it steady. you can see the two holes for them in the metal plate affixed to the underside of the glass top when you turn it over. you then place the rod in base to set the glass on top. the rod goes through to the bottom of the base where you screw on a washer and nut with the included tool to hold it in place. there is something of pocket indent on the underside of the base so the base sits flush and the washer/nut is up inside and you need the tool to screw it on up in there. took less than 5 minutes to put together, even with having to figure it out. well packaged and great looking! if you are looking for something a little different, this is a great choice as the quality is excellent. the base is a shiny white fiberglass finish.