I purchased the Hamock stand thinking it would be exactly as one I had seen in a local Patio Store. When it arrived I was suprised that the wood was laminated and not solid. Also that the wood was un finished with rough grain sections and wood filler in some pieces. I set the stand up to give to my wife for Christmas. I should have applyed Poly Urathane as soon as I got it. Within the 2 week holiday period a section of the wood lamination split. I have now applied a finish and hope this will help keep the wood from seperating. I am not sue how weather proof the glue is. However it is a sturdy and good looking ( once finished ) stand.