It was shoddily made and we couldn't even put it together. It was very wobbly on the one part that did manage to get to be somewhat put together. It was very unstable and we had a lot of problems returning it, and didn't even get a full refund when we did despite following the instructions that the sears customer service gave on the phone. It's possible that I got a lemon, but I would not recommend this.
Really a very nice unit. Would have given it a 5 star but it is made of pine and so it is a soft wood. But other than that is a very sturdy piece of furniture. And for the price you can not go wrong. Takes some time to put it together. Did use a hand screwdriver so not to crack the wood. But worth taking your time putting it together. A very attractive piece of furniture.
I was able to purchase this set on sale. We had it shipped directly to our house. Based on other reviews, this made me nervous. However, it arrived and all of the pieces were intact. One of the feet had a chip missing from the bottom, but was hidden. Assembly: My husband assembled everything. He liked the way the screws came packaged. The instructions were a little unclear. We had to read other reviews to figure out how to do the seat hinges. With a little patience it all came together quickly, and with very little frustration. I rated it a 4 based on the quality of the wood. With that being said, you can't beat it for the price.
For the price I paid on sale (about two thirds the list price) it is not a bad deal for a quick dining set that will last maybe 2 or 3 years. The Directions are adequate, but you will need a few additional tools while putting it together. Besides the #2 Philips screw driver you should have a cordless screw driver unless you have forearms like Popeye. There are two screws that go too deep for the typical cordless screw driver/drill so you will need that traditional manual screw driver or a fairly rare extended(4 inch) bit for the cordless driver. you may want a drill bit for a few spots as their jig seems a bit off for making the pre-drilled holes. In my case they lined up right, but were often mere marks on the panels with no depth. Additionally you should have a rubber mallet for pounding in the dowels as the holes are bit tight in some cases and the wood is sometimes warped and needs "guidance". A bottle of wood glue is also handy to have since some of the holes for the dowels are too loose and some supporting bits of wood look pretty shaky. Glue will provide a bit more security. Another note. The provided drawer bottoms are basically compressed card board. They will support things like extra table cloths, napkins and place mats, but nothing more substantial. In my case the ends were damaged in shipping, but as they were just drawer bottoms I used them anyways. I won't be putting heavier things in there. You could replace them with plexiglass from a big box hardware store if you want more weight capacity and aren't worried about losing the faux wood look inside the drawer. Also note. The rest of the piece is wood, but being pine it is fairly soft and will get dinged up fairly easily during normal life and possibly even construction. You might want to have some wood repair crayons on hand. Finally when assembling the seats pay attention to the drawings not the text. My instructions made no mention of the hinge pins for the seats, but if you look closely at the drawings you can barely see the "C" disignation and the pins being inserted. The bench seats could be left unhinged, but that may allow kids fingers to get pinched and will likely wear the seat supports a bit more that would happen otherwise.
Instructions were easy to follow but some of the pilot holes cause screws to wander thus cracking wood. Table very unstable.would be well suited for family with no kids.
I have to say, I was pretty skeptical about this table as I've read so many mixed reviews. We decided to go for it because hey, you can't beat the price. We were actually pretty impressed with the design. The assembly does go much faster with two people and a power drill, but the directions were so easy and clear. All of the pieces and parts were labeled well and were packaged so nice and neat. We decided to pick up our table from Sears instead of having it shipped because I've read a lot about damaged parts in shipping. Since we picked it up, there were no damaged pieces. Everything looks great and we are really please. It looks so cozy in our nook!
This is a situation of you get what you pay for. If you are looking for an inexpensive simple table, this is it! It works well in our small kitchen and has been holding up for almost a year now just fine. I love the storage in the seats too.
Read a few reviews complaining about the packaging and some difficulty with assembly, didn't have issues with either. All I used was a cordless drill, rubber mallet, and an Allen wrench, had the entire three piece set assembled in a little over an hour. Everything was packaged well and damage free (picked up in store so didn't have to bother with shipping). Gave five stars because you can't beat the price for all hardwood construction - add some seat cushions, place mats, and center piece, you're all set.
We just bought this and I would not recommend it to anyone. The wood cracks under the pressure of the screwdriver. The wood is such a poor quality it can't even be assembled before it starts breaking. It was also missing a piece.