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Very sturdy and beautiful
 from MI,  Mar 23, 2011

I bought the coffee table and 2 matching side tables. They are VERY heavy and seem very sturdy. The only thing I don't like too much is the black painted lines on the drawer fronts. If it goes with one's color scheme it could look very nice, but for me, I'm going to paint the black lines to dark brown or sand that part to see if I can get a rustic look on it. The assembly was okay but there are no pre-drilled holes for the wood screws to go into the bottom shelf. There are also no pre-drilled holes for two front pieces that receive the drawer to be attached to the sides. (The piece where the screw enters has the holes, but the piece that the screw ends up going in to join the two is not pre-drilled.) Anyway, even if you don't have a drill, you can still assemble the tables and it will hold sturdy because it's held together at a lot of places. I used my drill and drilled starter holes under the bottom shelf AFTER it was sitting in the right place. My smallest drill bit was too short, so used the next big one and bored in just a tiny bit, lining the drill bit through the holes provided on the ledge pieces of table legs. That made it easy to start the wood screws and tighten them. But, even without this, the bottom shelf would sit properly. You'll just need to be careful keeping the table straight when moving it. The other problem was that almost all the drawer bottoms cracked when screws were inserted to tighten the slider rail to the bottom. It was soft wood and the screws went in easily even though there weren't any pre-drilled holes, but you can see the crack through the holes. It seemed that the drawer would still hold and function, so I didn't return the pieces. I did drop some of the provided super glue at those spots just in case. (I tried drilling holes using the thinnest drill bit. But when I put the screw in, the wood still cracked. Perhaps because I didn't drill deep enough.). So far the drawers are functioning smoothly. If you are not physically strong, you'll need help, even to bring the package inside. It's very heavy. You'll also need help putting the top onto the frame because you can't just plop it on, you have to be careful and align the screws and dowels into the right holes. I didn't like the drawer knobs. They are metallic silvery those shiny metallic magnets that can be made into bracelets etc., so I bought these two dollar antique looking silver knobs from our major hardware store to match our other hardware, and they look beautiful. All in all, the tables look beautiful, and hopefully would last a good while as they are made of some very strong wood and have a beautiful finish and look stylish and more substantial than ordinary coffee/side tables one sees in stores.

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