Ok, I did read the reviews before purchasing. Thought that maybe some got a lemon, some might not have known what they were doing, or some are just unhappy with anything. Boy, was I wrong!
Figured this would be a good project for my son and I to take on. I have assembled many pieces of inexpensive assemble it yourself furniture over the years and thought this would be a good learning experience for him.
Soon as I started putting the unit together, I immediately noticed problems. The front bottom wood piece is warped. Not talking a little. Just under an inch on the one end. Instructions call out to attach with plastic brackets. Yeah, those did not hold..... Luckily had some metal brackets and was able to add some screws and pull it in.
As started using the CAM locks, noticed that many holes for the screws were drilled on an angle. This lead to a several of cam locks not sitting flush, and even damaged the really cheap particle board in the process. Thankfully most of the damage occurred on the inside of the cabinet where it will not show. More than one CAM lock was stripped just by tightening which only further proof that holes were not straight and the particle board is very low quality and also really cheap metal used for the CAM locks. Plus the screws were set into plastic anchors. Most of those did not make for the screws to go in perpendicular to the surface which only added to the problems.
From there, on the middle shelf, the holes for the vertical piece was drilled off making the right door close to impossible to align. I was able to get it not to rub, but it is not square by any means.
The doors, well, the predrilled holes were off. Not my first time hanging cabinet doors. But this was definitely the most challenging to try and align.
Even with everything together, there are many fit issues. A couple of the panels are 1/8-1/4 inch short. There are visible gaps. Could not use dowels to hold together some of the panels as the holes were off.
I could keep going on and on. I thought that for this price point that I would be getting something of good quality. I was sadly mistaken. I was too far into it to try and package it up and return.
The only positive note is that the outside has a nice finish. Thankfully only 1 of the panels was damaged on the outside from the CAM locks.
At least it taught my son some valuable lessons. Just because you pay more does not mean you are getting better quality. Also, even though it should go together with parts provided, you may need to improvise.