alpinedad Review

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Excellent appearance and value
 from Redwood City, CA,  Feb 11, 2008

After searching for months for an appropriately-sized console to fit a 42"-52" LCD screen, and trying to decide between a reasonable price and quality appearance, I was very happy to find this unit. It is an excellent value. The finish is quite good. All or most visible surfaces are solid wood. I would have preferred natural color rather than stain (primarily because scratches and gouges show less easily), but the stain was applied evenly and the varnish is smooth. I'd describe the color as chocolate, kind of a cool rather than warm brown. Being solid wood, it is very heavy. The drawers are the proper depth to fit two standard DVD cases with the spines facing up, plus about a half inch to facilitate retrieval. Assuming that you have some experience assembling furniture, allow about three hours for assembly. The instructions are somewhat spare, but with two exceptions, are pretty good. I would suggest inserting the cam screws only when needed, rather than all at once at the beginning, to facilitate insertion of dowels. Also, the directions are less than clear about which way the drawer runners go, but if you think about it, you'll be able to figure out which way is up and front. The bases of the feet are finished wood, rather than feet; I added nail-in felt-surfaced feet for my hardwood floor, but other feet may work better for other surfaces. The glass insets in the doors appear easily removable with a screwdriver; I am considering replacing them with frosted glass cut to size by my local hardware store.

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