Posted December 8, 2013
Came as described with decent wood selection but legs were broken and needed repair using either pocket screws or biscuits. Sanding had to be done using power equipment many beginners don't have. A beginner may need assistance in getting everything together and completed.
Requires more work than it should
Posted December 11, 2013
I am disappointed with this "kit". The parts are not well cut. The seat back was cut too narrow to match the back or bottom support so both had to be cut narrower to fit properly. Tool marks were left on nearly all the cut edges and I had to use both a belt sander and random orbital sander to finally get it smooth. The edges also have to be rounded with a router to get a good soft edge. Worst problem was that the front of the chair legs broke off on both sides and I had to repair using a wood scab on the inside where it is out of view. There either needs to be a metal brace included or the wood portion should be cut thicker to provide more strength.
Posted January 3, 2014
I was disappointed with the kit. The oak was insufficiently dried and as a result a split opened in one chair side and one rocker after assembly. The other chair side broke in half before assembly. The source board for that side was a little punky around the break as though it had been sawn from a wind shaken log. Parts did not match instructions. At the time I ordered the kit catalog showed the chair with spindles at the arms. I got dowels as your current catalog shows. Big aesthetic difference. Supplier does not have good quality control.