Rated 5 out of
Tante Cindy from
A very nice wood chest of drawersI was attracted to this chest because of its price, all wood construction & reliance on only screws for construction. That's right folks, no particle board, no MDF, no pressboard, no masonite. Just lumber & plywood. So, there is no off-gassing & the finished product is not excessively heavy. There are no odd ball fastenener, just lots & lots of screws. So be ready to spend some quality time with your phillips head drivers. For assembly, pilot holes are drilled for the first of the two pieces joined, but there is no pilot for the second piece. However, the wood into which you are driving the screw is pine, so there is no real challenge. And, I say this as a 58 year old woman on oxygen who assembled this with help from her 78 year old mother. If we can do this, so can someone who is young and healthy. You just need to be patient & know that it may take longer much other DIY furniture, but you will have a much nicer looking piece that will look good for years to come. If you are not overly confident in your driving of the screws, just add a thin bead of wood glue as you join the pieces together. Then, wait overnight for the gule to fully cure. The only drawbacks I can think of are: the finish is attractive although the lacquer top coat is rather thin, the drawer pulls detract a bit from the final appearance (more on that in a moment), and the case is pine. Pine is a soft wood so if the chest will have hard or heavy use (i.e. it will be in the kids' rooms) it will pick up dings & dents. I happen to like this about pine furniture. I think it lends character to look over time. As I said before, the drawer pulls are no very nice. However, I found some attaractive black metal pulls that have a hammered appearance in hardware for less than $20. They add a handcrafted rustic look to the chest which should be enhanced as the pine case picks up those dings over time I mentioned earlier. I am very very pleased with this chest of drawers and the nightstand which I purchased with it. I heartily recommend it to others.