This was very easy to assemble. Just 12 screws an allen wrench and the plywood pieces. The plywood is made of thin alternating light and dark layers; this is very visible on the edges of the boards. It makes it more obvious that other plywoods that it is not solid wood and gives the bookcase an institutional or modern look rather than a homey traditional feel. However the quality seems very good for the price. The color is much lighter than natural pine; it matches the color of our alderwood furniture very well.