I really do like these and will probably buy more. The key factor for me is that they locate together using dowels and thus are inherently stronger that the type which use a dovetail to hold together. I purposely selected this type of fixing as I felt that the dovetail fixing would be weak and break. Indeed reading the reviews of that type suggest that many people discovered this was the case. These are much stronger and there are no parts which can break off. The downside of the dowel fixing is that it will need some glue to make sure that the two halves donâ€™t separate. But overall I like them, it seem to be genuine oak and the oak color is good and they are well machined and varnished. They are varnished with clear varnish and not stained an oak color. Also for me the style/pattern is far superior to the dovetail type which look large and clunky.