Have just assembled this unit, which took about 4 days to reach me in Central Virginia from Florida via UPS Yellow Ground. It arrives in 2 flat boxes, one about 50 lbs, the other about 75 lbs. Drawers glide in and out nicely and mount evenly. Keyboard mounted on actual ball bearing sliders. Assembly time for a seasoned assembler - about 4 hrs. Recommendation: use a powered screwdriver or drill/driver because much time is taken screwing in the hardware. They DO include a little screwdriver. Instructions are clear and for the most part well illustrated, mine came in English and Spanish. The desk is made entirely of particle board with a sheet vinyl veneer that resembles a walnut finish and is embossed with the wood grain.
Rather than attempt assembly where you want to locate the finished unit, use a kitchen counter top or similar as a workbench to produce the sub-assemblies first. Allow about 2-3 feet of working space for the cabs and drawers, and 4 feet for the desk top.
In general, the instructions assume that you will be assembling the unit at the location where it will go. But don't do it that way, unless you have a tremendous amount of working space. Assemble the various sub units first - the 2 cabinets and their drawers and a door. Then assemble the top working surface, complete with keyboard shelf attached. You'll need only 2-3 feet of counter top for convenient assembly of the cabinets and drawers. At this height, you'll be able to approach the work easily. You'll need at least 4 feet to work on the main desk top; if this space is not available, use a couch. But the idea is to finish all the separate components, and THEN assemble them in the location where they will be used. This means you'll need to skip ahead in the instructions now and then. For example, attach the door to the CPU cabinet after you've assembled the cabinet itself - don't wait until you put everything together, at the end.
Start with the smaller box which contains everything for the cabinets and drawers plus hardware for the entire unit and the instructions. All parts are numbered to match the instructions - the hardware in numbered plastic baggies. One issue is the drawer sliders which include the stationary track attached to the interior walls of the cabinets and the sliding piece attached to the sides of the drawers. Make SURE you carefully observe which part goes where, and how the part is oriented. For example, the rollers on the drawer slider should face the top of the drawer - but this means they will face DOWN and toward the back of the drawer when you attach them, because the drawer itself will be upside down during assembly (see panels 4 and 10 of instructions). Do NOT let your hardware become separated from the baggie that contains it, so that you can always fetch the correct screw of bolt. The unit is intolerant of misplaced hardware.
One possibly confusing instruction is #14, page 9, which is DEAD WRONG when it says "to fix the part 8A to the CPU Left and Right Panels." In fact 8A is attached ONLY to the LEFT panel, EXACTLY as the illustration shows you. IGNORE the instruction to separate the hinges (part 8) into 8A and 8B UNTIL you have first placed the entire part 8 (hinge) against the left panel to determine how how 8A should be positioned; it is possible to install it backwards! This instruction also shows a view of the hinge (part 8) with parts A & B of it fully engaged, and also separated. But the close up view of the hinge parts is the reverse (right is left, left is right) of their actual placement. That is, 8A is attached to the inside cabinet wall; 8B goes into the cabinet door, later. This erroneous section may have been corrected in the unit you receive, but play it say - print this out and keep it handy, just in case.
The only other caveat with respect to assembly is to make certain you pay close attention to hardware part E (6 X 40 MM bolt) and hardware part K (6 X 25 MM bolt). In a few cases, both are used in specific locations on the same panel of wood. Instruction #16 is a case in point. Areas of major stress get the longer bolt, so be sure to place them where they belong. Observe and follow the instructions exactly.
As you work through assembling the parts from the smaller box, you will eventually need to break into the larger one to get what you need.
Meanwhile, instructions tell you to slide the drawers into their cabinets near the end of the assembly. Don't fall for this, test immediately after you've assembled them. THIS is the time to find production errors, when they may be easily corrected.
Likewise, affix the cabinet door for the CPU cabinet NOW - don't wait until later.
The instructions also tell you to affix the keyboard shelf as a final step. This is nonsense; do it while you work on the main top panel.
You will end up with 2 cabinets and a top section -move these to the destination of the project and assemble them there. The "weakest link" is the panel that connects the two cabinets together. Near as I can tell, it serves only to establish the correct distance between the cabinets, it is structurally worthless. The main top piece drops onto the two cabinets and the connecting piece. This is all trial and error to get it right, just fuss with it until everything drops into place, which it will.
Some final tips: this unit uses "cams" which are all pre-installed. But it is ESSENTIAL that the longer groove on the top of the cam, with a pointed tip, points towards the channel through which the bolt is inserted to hit the cam, and be drawn in when you turn the cam.
Also, when you install bolts (by screwing them in) BE SURE they go in absolutely straight. If they are tilted, then they won't line up with holes which connect them to other pieces.
I'm very happy with this unit, and recommend it highly; it is well designed, has spacious storage, and looks good.
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