This was a special birthday present, we were told that it would arrive WELL after our son's birthday, and it arrived exactly the day of, 4 days early, so we were MORE than ecstatic ! We did a ton of research, and read DOZENS of reviews, most of them about poor quality,missing parts, cheap wood. NONE of this was the case for us! In fact it so completely EXCEEDED our expectations. It is such a beautiful set, and it SMELLS GREAT!! We started up the coffee pot, and went to work at about 11pm that night, and it was completed by 8am the next morning. It was so well worth it. The directions were very clear, and easy to follow. My husband and I put it together, and I am NOT in the least "hands on", be he is super handy, and even I could follow along!!! The funny thing is that we live in a VERY hot climate, and its over 100 degrees outside, even at 11pm, so we built most of it in the house in the air conditioning and attached the 2 major parts together outside, so we were not sweating to death. Overall it was a great, fun "all nighter", different than the ones we had before kids, but super fun none the less!! Ans the look on his face in the morning was ALL worth it!! Oh, I forgot to mention, he is a 5 year old, and more on the "sturdy" side, very tall for his age, and he fits on it and plays on it no problem! We are completely satisfied. If you arent familiar with working with wood, I would recommend that whomever is constructing it, they should be somewhat knowledgable with wood, otherwise it could split if you over tighten screws.