Rated 3.3 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5★ by topiary Catskill Drop Leaf Cabinet Positive: I suspect that the Catskill Craftsmen microwave cart 7222N would fit nicely in a small kitchen or apartment. Itâ€™s cute and very compact.Without the flaps, the top counter is 17 3/4Wx19 3/4D, the right size for a 7.0 cu.ft. microwave oven. Each flap adds an additional 10 ★ľ inches of width on each side.The inside of the drawer is 2 3/8 inches high, nice height for storing recipes or small utensils. The shelf under the drawer is 16Wx17 ★Ľ Dx6 1/2H. The shelf behind the two doors measures is 14 ★ľ H from its floor to the magnetic metal strike plate. Shelf width is compromised about one inch because of the doors, making the entrance of that bottom shelf slightly narrower than the top shelf.I bought this cart as a TV stand because TV stands are usually too low; I like the added height. However, the bottom shelves are too narrow to house my DVDR/VCR, so Iâ€™ll install a TV monitor stand on the top shelf, adding an extra five to seven inches to the cartâ€™s overall height. In my room, this cart looks like a tiny miniature, but its fine for the 22â€ť monitor.I purchased this Catskill kit because it was primarily described as hardwood. It is hardwood for the important parts: the counter, entire drawer, two doors, and the four posts that hold the unit up. The back, the two sides, the shelves and all the smaller cross slats are fiberboard. However, once the unit is assembled, it resembles 100% hardwood.Negative: Itâ€™s a pain in the neck to assemble and the finished unit looks too small.Over the years, Iâ€™ve assembled numerous Saunder and Oâ€™Sullivan fiberboard units (bookcases, microwave cart, and bedroom furniture) with very clear instructions and easy assembly. This unit was not easy to put together.My pet peeve was with the tiny recesses that house the nuts that hold the twelve bolts to the mainframe. I couldnâ€™t get a good hold with a small wrench or the needle nose pliers. My neighbor happened to arrive as I was struggling with one of those nuts. To no avail, he tried holding the nuts with his fingers (something I had already attempted). He couldnâ€™t get his finger in the hole. Delicate thin fingers would have worked fine, but we donâ€™t fit that profile. We finally resorted to using a small flat screwdriver at the proper angle, and, to our chagrin, the nuts slipped off numerous times before we could get them to mate with each bolt.The drawerâ€™s two bastion posts, and the doorsâ€™ four pins were also a pain in the neck. In the instructions, it doesnâ€™t say how far the four pins should be hammered into the predrilled holes. I hammered them in too far, leaving about ★Ľ inch protruding from each slot, and we had to struggle to get them out another ★Ľ inch each. The extra length was needed in order to prevent the doors from falling out of the mainframe.Where to place the cabinet glides was another guessing game because each side gets two screws and there are four predrilled holes. One schematic shows the glidesâ€™ placement close to the front edge and the other displays them further in. The location of the door magnet was the final guessing game.You donâ€™t need to flip the heavy cabinet twice, as instructed. I purposely assembled the unit upside down, permitting me to do a single flip.In addition to the suggested tools, hammer, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, and pliers, you will need thin fingers or a very narrow ★Ľ inch wrench, a rubber mallet and a lot of patience. Iâ€™ve learned that it would be nice to see the assembly specs before purchasing any unit, especially when youâ€™re buying on-line. 12/21/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by UshiSushi Fits our small space We really like this for our small kitchen. We had to both read the paper directions and watch the available video to figure out how to assemble. Overall, not so difficult but initially a bit frustrating. One piece arrived damaged, emailed the company and had the fastest turn around ever: part was shipped out the next day, received within 3 days, and the invoice was hand written. 01/15/2014
Rated 4 out of 5★ by IrisLa Mixed review The cart is very nice, just as described in the Walmart description. It is very useful and attractive so I like it very much. One unusual factor is that it smells. I don't even have a good nose but I am constantly aware that the cart has a strange odor, almost like gasoline, something like that. I'm sure that will diminish in time. For anyone buying this cart, be aware it is exceedingly difficult to assemble - many many parts - and the directions are pretty much useless as there is little text or instruction just pictures that you are supposed to figure out what to do first, or you will end up disassembling many times before reassembling. I hired a very experienced maintenance man to assemble it for me and it took him 4 hours, not to mention his extreme frustration at the bad instructions and many reassemblies. When he was done it was beautiful and he sighed a great relief, apologizing to me for having to bill me for 4 hours work. So if you are not experienced, plan on several days to get this put together and an educational experience! Also, I had to have this shipped to me twice before I got a box that was in OK shape. The first shipment arrived crushed, stuff hanging out, parts missing, badly packed like a child had packed it with shipping tape hanging off it in all directions. Walmart was excellent about having it picked up and they reshipped immediately so that part of customer service was great. But the second box arrived with everything intact but I was concerned because it, too, was badly packed, shipping tape hanging off it in all directions, box slightly mangled. Whoever packs this cart for shipment has no experience in packing, it was pretty shocking. Overall, despite all the hassles, it turned out very nice. But if you order this cart, be prepared for patience in what you have to go through from beginning to end. 03/17/2013