I was a little worried when I read the reviews noting the cracked table top due to poor packaging, but my table arrived in beautiful condition! There was a ton of styrofoam surrounding this beauty, so I think it's possible they have learned from their previous mistakes. The table was extremely simple to put together and very sturdy. I needed a small counter like surface for my bread maker to sit on. Even with that baby rocking away during the kneading process, the table stays firm. For the price, I do not think you could possibly find a better deal in regards to quality. The finish is beautiful and rich in color as well. I'm very happy with this buy, and would repurchase in a heartbeat. We are also very cramped for space where we live, and a full size kitchen trashcan slides right underneath this counter height table.