Rated 3 out of
Works great, but assembly issues...Just bought this over the weekend because I needed a better way to store my daily work clothes other than a laundry basket. I've assembled my fair share of the "furniture board" type stuff, so when I saw "solid wood" I gave this a shot instead. The size seemed right, the color was pleasant, and it didn't have so many goofy fasteners like the other stuff.
I decided to skip some steps and assemble the drawers first to get that much out of my work space, since they really didn't have much influence on the main body of the product. The first three drawers had a misalignment issue with the grooves for the drawer bottom: the grooves (or the dowel pin holes) on the right hand drawer side were approximately 1/16" off alignment to the lower end, which required shaving a bit of material off the upper edge of the groove of the side to fit the bottom.(first photo) I was going to measure the last set of drawer parts to see which part was out of spec, but of course that one was a perfect fit... I also broke a screw attaching a drawer back to the sides, using a hand screwdriver, before the screw head even bottomed out on the countersunk hole (approximately 1/4" out, and no telltale squealing of a binding screw). IF A SCREW STARTS TO BIND, CAREFULLY REMOVE IT AND ADD SOME WAX TO THE THREADS OR PRE-DRILL THE HOLE, because I was apparently lucky enough to have a single extra screw in the hardware pack...
After getting those out of the way, I resumed the rest of the build until the right side front leg... There was a dowel hole that was drilled approximately .100" too close to the inner corner of the leg,(second photo) preventing full assembly of the parts. My first idea was to check the straightness of the side panel and leg...both were warped in opposing directions, but no matter what, I wouldn't have been able to plane either part to fit with the dowel. I tossed the dowel and resumed assembly. None of the legs were cut to the same length. I can live with them being slightly off on the bottom, but there are either gaps or high spots on all 4 legs. Also, since it's an edge-glued solid top, it should have either had instructions to leave some of the top attachment screws slightly loose or it should have included figure-8 fasteners to allow for expansion/contraction, and there shouldn't have been any need for dowels.
After everything came together, two drawers are racked with the left edge sticking proud of the face of the chest, and two flush (alternating top to bottom), and the top reveal is greater on the left than the right.
Overall, I guess it will serve its purpose. I know that real wood warps, expands, contracts, and I have a whole shop of tools and the experience to deal with those things, but I wanted something quick and easy to fill a simple need -not a masterpiece- to store underwear and socks. I would consider purchasing another one to see if this was a one-off or a regular occurrence, but I'm not sure I would recommend it to someone without the ability to overcome those little nuisances that pop up...
Date published: 2017-10-16
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.