I ordered both the chest and the dresser in cherry mahogany. I had to wait a while for someone to help me put them together because the wood for frame is solid and heavy - a plus! We put the dresser together first. The frame and the front of the drawers all look very good and made sturdily (there was one scratch on a drawer front, but not horrible). The drawer interiors are terrible. The front of the drawer is made of wood. The interior sides are soft composite and the bottom of drawer is basically a thin piece of cardboard. Every time I open a drawer the front falls off because the composite wood and the pegs aren't holding the wooden front of the drawer in place. Also on the very bottom of the front of the dresser is a long front piece which needs to be sanded on one side because it doesn't fit exactly. This makes the bottom drawer fall of the gliders because the bottom of the dresser frame is off by a quarter inch or so. I'm really disappointed with these issues mainly because it would be such a great dresser otherwise. I would have given it 4-5 stars except for the drawers. So I have to go to the hardware store, buy nails to keep the pegs in place on the drawers and pine replacements for the interior of the drawers. It's a lot of unnecessary work. And finally, the instructions could better. I haven't put the bureau together yet, until I'm sure the fixes for the dresser will work - I may need to do same for bureau. If they don't work.... My suggestion to South Shore - make the drawers pieces out of pine. It will be a perfectly good dresser with fewer issues.
This is a solid piece of furniture, and one that I think will survive my children, which given how hard they are on their furniture is saying something. Because it's made of pine, I don't have to worry about formaldehyde, which I appreciate, and it means I don't have to worry about the pieces randomly splintering into pressboard bits. Even the backing and the bottom of the drawers were thin plywood. (I do need to line the drawers, however, because of it.) All the pieces were all clearly labeled, and with glue, a screwgun, an angled screwdriver (for three hard-to-reach screws), I had one of them put together in two hours by myself without difficulty. It should be noted, however, that the screws are going into pine, and at least five of them stripped the wood to the point where they spun freely. If I were going to expect this furniture to hold up for the VERY long term, I would want to use wood glue in addition to the screws, and I may do that on the second one I bought, just in case. The knobs on the drawers are not pre-drilled, so I glued them in, and I will drill pilot holes out once the glue has dried, before putting the screws in; if I had just put the screws in, the knobs would have cracked. The finish is quite pretty, and the veneer looks very good; it arrived with no visible scratches or dings. The parts were all stamped as made in Brazil. There is no hole for an anchoring bracket in the back of the dresser, so I will need to drill one and purchase an anchor for it. Without the anchor, the dresser is easily tipped over by small children - I had to grab it when one of my kids pulled the top drawer out too far and it started to fall. For what I bought it for, this is an EXCELLENT value for the money, and I would buy another one if I needed it.
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