Rated 2.0 out of 5 by 3
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by alti4 Finished product works.
I give this Astor Dresser a three because I am really in the middle on this one. First when I opened the box, two of the pieces had damage to them. Assembly takes a little more work, the directions are not written in English if you need them to be and there are holes that you will need to pre-drill. Lots of parts to put together. You need to pre-drill the holes where the guides attach to the drawer or it will split the wood. I know it splits because I tried to put in one of the screws and it did split, so I learned to do the rest with a pre-drilled smaller hole and I had no more problems. The directions can be followed by not only looking at the pictures, but each picture has a number that matches the number on the board. I have pictures included that show all of these examples. On the good side I do like the finished product, the final look and feel of it is wonderful. The drawers have lots of space in them. The drawer handles are clean and finish the look. Once put together the dresser is strong and did hold up to being moved around. So as a I said with this dresser I did not judge it out of the box, I wanted to wait until it was all put together. It looks great in the room I have it in and I am happy with the finished product.
April 30, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by restathome Caveat Emptor
Since the assembly manual isn’t available at the HD website, you might want to know what you’re getting into ahead of time.
First, given the high density fiberboard composition, the product is 87-lbs and it takes a 2-wheeler to move the efficiently packed 36” x 20” x 8” box (of course after assembly you can temporarily remove the drawers and drop some of the weight).
“Pro-Touch” must refer to the simulated wood grain textured finish. Chocolate doesn’t adequately describe the color- it’s more grey than brown (see photos). Out of the box, four of the drawer slides were bent (fixable with pliers), a couple of wood corners were slightly crushed and laminate was chipped on one of the legs (all hidden in the final assembly). The accompanying manual is mostly graphics (some cryptic) with no English text (the box says “Made in Brazil”). It suggests the drawers have a 5-kg (11-lb) weight-capacity, presumably limited by the thin masonite-like bottoms.
Working efficiently with power tools, it’s about a 2-hr plus unpacking and assembly process (one person). There are 37 wood and wood-like pieces, 20 drawer slides, 5 pulls, 150 screws, bolts, nails, dowels and other miscellaneous hardware. Everything needed for assembly, except tools, was included (our only leftover part was a single screw… hmm, what did I miss?). With the exception of attaching the bottom-of-the-drawer slides, all pilot holes were pre-drilled (don’t try putting in the screws without a pilot hole, the board splits easily). We also have 2 errant pilot holes in an exposed side-panel. There are some dubious not-very-sticky round stickers with simulated wood grain to cover exposed screw and cam lock heads.
In the final analysis, it’s a solid chest with attractive handles, well-matched seams, and easy-glide drawers with “finished” interiors. It’s also easy-to-damage, difficult to move, tedious (but not difficult) to assemble and has limited drawer capacity (both weight and size). I’m glad I didn’t have missing parts. The phone number to call for assistance is 55 (17) 3267-9205 (I didn’t try). I’d prefer a 1-800 number (any chance for English on the other end of this call?)
May 8, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Artemis Cheaply made; poor instructions
The dresser is made from particleboard/pressed board and cardboard and does not fit together well. I was unable to get a number of the screws to sink flush with the sides of the dresser so the faux wood stickers won't stay on the dresser or don't stick at all.
Now to the instructions: there were NO American English words on the enclosed instructions. Fortunately most instructions are pictures now, but even the pictures were a challenge to follow. Because some of the pieces are laminated on 1 to 3 sides, it would have been nice to know on the instructions, which end was front, etc. These aren’t the worst instructions I've encountered, but they certainly rank in the bottom 5.
I've come to the conclusion that it's impossible to ship cheap laminated pressed board without it getting damaged, but I will say that the damage was minimal and the dresser isn't marred so badly to be unusable. However, this is the first time I've had damage to hardware. Two of the drawer gliders were bent. I was able to straighten them enough to allow the drawers to be installed but the glide is rough and it was interesting trying to get the drawer on the rails appropriately. There was sufficient hardware to complete the build.
Don't waste your money on this one.
April 24, 2016