It is a great chair for my drafting table. When I followed the instructions saying to bounce on the seat a few times when it is put together. The wooden seat cracked in half. I called for a new seat. I have not gotten it yet. The wood was very dry. It did not appear to be much glue holding it together.
I wish I loved this drafting table, and that the cons were minor -they're not major, but the cons of this product move it closer to the -too-much-of-a-hassle-to-take-apart-and-send-it-back- category, so I guess I'll have to break out the tools and 'fix' the dern thing. It's not that I wouldn't completely recommend this product to a friend but, I would and will list the pros and cons and leave it to them and you, to decide if you want to deal with it. Pros: 1) the 42" (there's a 48" version) is the perfect size, each piece is sturdy, hard wood frame with a matching veneer table top --also very nice color and finish. 2) easy enough to assemble -it took my mom and me about 45 minutes to put together with basic tools. 3) I like the height -you can stand or sit to work and it's a 'real' drafting table dimension. 4) it's an attractive addition to my studio. alas, the cons; 1) some of the hardware is crap. specifically the allen screws that attach the legs --two are already stripped, just from assembly that wasn't particularly hard. 2) in the photos, with the table surface raised it appears that the table has storage below the table top -it doesn't. The top raises and below is a divided frame for the top -w/o secret 'cubby' holes for drawing/ desk material. *HOWEVER* I will be adding a bottom to the table top frame for this purpose. 3) the drawer will not open completely -this may just be my drafting table-but for the life of me I can't find the problem that's keeping the left side of the laptop drawer stuck, and you can't possibly use this for a laptop drawer if you can only open it 3 inches. I will probably have to take the table top off turn it over and disassemble the drawer to unstick it --gee I hope those allen screws aren't too stripped so that I can get the legs off.... 4) it's about a 5 (scale of 1-10) on the stability meter. It is heavy but the hardware and not so great connecting points keep it from being truly sturdy -I forsee screwing and glueing it together better in future -maybe when I take it apart to deal with the laptop drawer.... 5) I need a drafting table NOW and it would be more of a hassle to return the dern thing, than to 'fix' it. Bottom line: For the price and speed of delivery and the look of this product, *IF* you think of it as a nice drafting table kit, and you have the skills and tools to construct, modify and better this product plus the time to do just that, it's not a bad deal. *IF* you want a drafting table that is easily put together without need for improvements, spend at least $200 more and get a student grade drafting table. Me? I'll make it work and make it better.
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