Top positive review
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Great quality and look/feel. Feels and looks like real quality furniture.
on November 12, 2012
Type A summary:
-Assembles SO EASY (10 min a bit of a lie but under an hour taking your time)
-Looks and feels like solid wood furniture all around
-All seams and corners fit tight (no wobbling or shaking here)
-Beats the pants off the Ikea style assemble it all yourself
Type B summary:
Had some reservations about ordering this online with comparable models from same vendor and manufacturer arriving damaged but my UPS shipment arrived near pristine. I can imagine scenarios where it could be damaged in shipment but I know my UPS guy and he's great so unless someone at the depot ran over it with a forklift, I was confident he would deliver it "just like it was my own" as he says. I worried it would be too heavy to drag inside alone but it wasn't bad really. It comes near assembled with only a few panels and shelves to connect so my advice would be unpack it in the garage and carry the pieces to the final destination for assembly. You'll want to vacuum the pieces right as you pull them out of the box as they have some static cling styrofoam fibers all over them but that comes off very easily with a few minutes of work.
The "10 minute, no tools required" assembly may be a bit like saying you can run a 5 minute mile to someone showing up for a Sunday jog at the park but by all means it is a no hassle, simple lock and twist style assemble that was FAR FAR easier than the Ikea style screw in 100 joints and take half a day to assemble a basic box product. The workmanship and detail was spectacular with very tight fits and snug joints everywhere. I would recommend a rubber mallet to gently tap the panels into position as the fit is so snug that trying to simply slide the pieces into the proper locked position might be a struggle. Just a few light taps with my handy mallet and all was good. You will WANT a 2nd person to do this easily but you could manage with just you putting it together if you had to.
The top piece is thick and heavy and all the outer pieces are laminated wood with only the shelves inside and the partitions being thick HDF that still is beefy enough you'll never have to worry about them degrading or bowing. The glass is thick and tempered, and the hardware is a solid quality material with a nice aged finish that doesn't look cheap at all.
In all, it took me about an hour from unboxing to final position wipe down taking my time to clean each piece and even windex the glass.
The ONLY negative I have on the entire product is the cheap paper stickers they used to mark the panels. They don't just peel off and leave that annoying adhesive with part of the paper behind that you have to clean up. Vinyl stickers are what, a penny each? C'mon...
Other than that, I will be looking at Techcraft and their near assembled products again as this was a breeze and looks like all real-wood furniture. The finish is a gorgeous dark walnut that matches our other non-Techcraft furniture perfectly. The doors have a uniform fit and solid feel when opening and closing. All the shelves are slotted to let air flow throughout and keep items from overheating. The back panel access is nice but you still have to fish cables through and connect before sliding into final position. The smart design would have been hinged back panel door you could open and close (or slide) to let you do all your connections in the back but that's being really picky for such an inexpensive piece.
I'm sure this will be in our family for a long time and I have to recommend this after looking at the entire Techcraft, Bush, and Sonax product line and comparing quality and price. This piece is just as good as the Kathy Ireland line which costs more than twice as much.
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