It was not as bad as all of that, but it was difficult to assemble because the holes were not of a consistent diameter. So some dowels fit well, while most did not. As an aside, there is a note that, besides a drill and screwdriver, you might need a hammer and a white candle for 'tight' dowels. Tight is not the word. And, yes, that is blood. Let's never accuse me of not putting everything I have - blood included - into my efforts.
I am not totally mechanically-challenged, so I knew that to pound a dowel with a hammer into a very tight hole would cause one to run the risk of splitting something. That's why I used a rubber mallet (I have many tools) and used restraint. Even so, I ended up with a split end. And we are not talking bad hair days here.
|All done but screwing |
on the chains.
Cons: Took six weeks to arrive; complete assembly needed; need many tools; takes quite a while to assemble and involves lining up, pounding, drilling and screwing; instructions unclear (photographs); risk of wood splitting.
Of course, two weeks after I ordered it, I found a beautiful, old, handmade large drying rack in an estate sale for just under what I paid for the new one. And it would not have required blood, sweat and tears...