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Functional yet cheap and flimsy
on February 25, 2013
I purchased this based on other reviews and thus had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I received exactly what I thought I would -- a rather cheaply made cabinet. The instructions are good, I'll give you that, but the wood is so flimsy that I often wondered if some of the pieces were going to break as I was assembling it. The way the top half connects to the bottom half is a joke. It is not sturdy at all. A word of advice be careful when setting the shelf upright after assembly, or it will easily break in half. Also make sure you align the 4 backing panels prior to screwing them into the back of the shelf. If one panel is out of alignment, it will force all the other panels up or down and extend past the top or bottom of the cabinet and you will have to unscrew every one of them to re-align. Also the boards are so thin, if the backing screws are misaligned it will ruin the outside finish when they poke through.
The only reason I give this cabinet 3 stars is it does look nice once you get your collection into the cabinet and all the flimsiness and flaws are covered. Just make sure you secure the top portion to the wall. Also be ready to set aside at least 3 hours for assembly.