As expected, there are flaws in the wood and joints that need to be caulked. Some rough edges need sanding. One of my end boards was not milled properly, so there were going to be issues with assembly. I sent photos to Bee Built, and I had a replacement piece 2 days later. Their customer service is excellent! I haven't completed assembly, but I think this is a good value. You have to check the site daily and buy as soon as you see one available. They go very quickly. I would recommend this hive.