As for the table, I knew I was getting a quality piece and was not disappointed. You can see the layers of plywood along the edge of the tabletop. Cheaper versions of this table often use plastic, cheap hardwood, or particle board. The base is very heavy, providing excellent stability. This table doesn't rock even on a floor with padded carpeting. There is a thick felt pad on the bottom of the base, so it won't scratch your floor. I bought this for use as a computer table. I figured why not have some style? It's in my bedroom which is furnished in mid century modern furniture, so it looks great and is a huge improvement over the conventional computer desk I'd used for years. One other thing That I loved about this table is that the base came pre-assembled. All I had to do is attach the top with four screws. Couldn't be easier! I'd recommend two people handling the base and top. They are both quite heavy. I can't overstate how happy I am with both the look and quality of this table. The 36 inch top is a perfect size for my use. If used as a dining table it would work for up to four people maximum.