I love this bench! It has places to stash all my tools and potting soil. It doesn't take up much room on my carport and really looks like a nice piece of furniture. The only draw back is I had to seal all the wood before using. This according to the manufacturer's suggestion. The predrilled holes for the hooks are too close to the top shelf so it's difficult to hand certain tools on them. These were minor issues for me so I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
My idea of some assembly required is a few screws and you are done. I assembled this on a Saturday morning. It took me about 40 minutes, but could do a second one in about 15 minutes - bit of a learning curve for me. I placed this item on my small balcony with a large planter on the table top, still plenty of room for potted plants and workspace. All my potting supplies fit well on the lower shelf. If I had room for a second bench, I would buy it.
This is not a high quality piece, but it's inexpensive and could probably last a couple of seasons if it's protected from the elements and stained. I can't imagine using the piece for anything other than a potting bench (as others want to do), due to the quality, softness of wood, and the thin aluminum top, which is a couple of notches thicker than heavy aluminum foil. Construction is not a problem and the parts line up fine.
We bought this for my mother n law and it is perfect; she loved it! We didn't put the top shelf on mainly bc it arrived broken, but it looks better w/out it anyway. Overall, I am satisfied w this purchase!
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