I liked the item online and was pleasantly surprised when I received it. Packed great, good written instructions and I could put it together myself! There were minor markings on some of the corners like a rubbed off look but nothing noticeable when put together. I'm kind of picky but this was no concern. Hardest part was getting the doors even (which is with anything), hubby came along and did it in 2 minutes. LOL Love the way this looks in my office.
Look, this is not an upscale piece, so it helps if you compare it to other units at a similar price point. This shelf unit is sturdy, easy to assemble, and looks nice-- just don't examine the finish quality or grain too closely. It is sprayed, apparently with one coat of stain with the urethane/lacquer together. No apparent rubbing to show the grain, but that's OK because the grain is not all that attractive anyway. Now, understand that these are shelves and will be covered with books (in my case), so that's mostly moot. I can't afford a great piece of furniture for this purpose in this location, and the price makes it a really good value. On balance, a great purchase.
This is a lovely unit, solid wood, with an attractive finish, and pleasing proportions. I like the glass doors, which show the contents. The finish is a little darker than it looks in the photo, but that worked out to my advantage, as it almostly perfectly matched my dining table and chairs. There were four problems during assembly, which could be resolved by the manufacturer with better quality control. 1. Certain parts are fastened using cam locks. When fitting together two of the panels, I found that one of the three cam screw holes was drilled about 1/8 inch off-center, so it didn't align properly with the cam lock. After a few tries and little force, I made it fit, and since there are two other cam locks holding this panel, the end result is solid. But I wasted 15 minutes messing with this to get it right. 2. The back panels are very thin, cheap wood laminate. The stain chosen for these two pieces does not match the rest of the cabinet. This is not so critical, since one side is to the wall and the other is inside the cabinet. But you'd think they'd have used a matching shade of stain. Also, if you plan to place the unit so that the back is visible (not common), you'll be looking at a darker shade than the rest of the cabinet, with lots of shiny brass screws visible. 3. The surface of the back panels is not sanded totally smooth, so when the finish stain was applied at the factory, it left light spots all over both sides of the panels. I took some MinWax Walnut stain and applied it to even out the appearance on the inside surface of the panels, which would have been noticeable whenever you open the cabinet. 20 extra minutes spent on this that shouldn't have been needed. 4. When opening both doors, they rub slightly on the lower shelf, along the hinged edge. The pre-drilled holes for the hinges should have been 1/16" higher to avoid this. It's a minor annoyance that the doors don't open perfectly smoothly. And over time, this rubbing will wear away a patch of the finish. For me, it was not a big enough issue to spend the time repositioning the hinge screw holes. When the wear becomes visible, I'll just touch it up. If it weren't for these assembly and quality control issues, I would give this cabinet 5 stars for design and appearance. I'm very happy with how it looks, and the construction is very solid. Good value, too.
This cabnet is a beautiful dark wood, it was super easy to set up and very light weight (empty) The problem is ounce full the door was too heavy and drags rubbing the finish off the bottom and I wish it had a lock.
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