We were searching for all things wood to decorate our Condo. We just purchased this as a centerpiece/ organizer for the wooden dining room table. I can’t tell what kind of joinery they used but nevertheless it is pretty strong. Holds a set of salt and pepper grinders , roll of paper towels and a candle. The patina of the wood is very pretty. We may varnish it. Best of all it is made here. I’d rather spend pesos than USD.