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Good for the price; prepare to assemble for hours!
 from Los Angeles, CA,  Jan 2, 2014

Would I recommend this to a friend? Only one who wouldn't be overwhelmed by the hundreds of pieces they'll see when this arrives! I began by checking the pieces and hardware to make sure everything was included. Nothing was missing; I had maybe two extra items (spacer, screw, that kind of thing). Ready to go; extremely apprehensive about the amount of work involved. A lot of that work hinged on studying the pieces and the directions to orient myself. Deep into the process I saw that some pieces had "L" or "R" but didn't notice this at first, and there were some that didn't. Biggest actual difficulty was that the plastic dowels seemed to big for the holes. The directions didn't alert me to this. I had to take a hammer and pound them in. Then to insert the piece with the dowel into the furniture I thought I'd have to hammer the furniture itself, and I worried about ruining the finish. I thought I'd put something protective between furniture and hammer: turns out in the drawing, they show exactly this. Take a piece of heavy cardboard from the packaging and protect finish while hammering. That worked well. One really annoying problem with was when pounded the little nails in to hold the cardboard in place on the back and the back of the drawers. For some reason I found it very hard to place the nails precisely enough so that they all would go directly in, exactly as they should. A fraction of a millimeter wrong and bam: split the finish with a slightly protruding nail. Argggghhh! Fortunately we decided the lingerie chest would go in a closet because looking at that every day would really bother me). This exact problem has occurred before on other similar assembly projects. You'd think they could figure out a way to make the whole thing simpler to do and easier to understand. I only had manual screwdrivers (which sometimes started slipping). The whole thing would have gone much faster if I'd had only of those handy little drills. <sigh> I'm still seeing the screwdriver working those slippery screws when I close my eyes at night. I am so very glad to be done building this thing and I think the resulting piece of furniture is nice. Good luck to you if you decide to take on this project. Patience, patience, patience.

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