I found it best in some cases not to drive the tightly together as in some instances it led to a that rocked a little. They put the legs and spindles on top of the and strapped it down with no foam or cardboard in between.

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Rustic Outdoor Furniture: Amazon

The instructions for putting it together were not difficult to follow, but not the easiest either. I did have to do a couple returns with them before getting ones that were free of manufacturer defects (misaligned holes that prevented final assembly or broken parts). I bought unfinished and sprayed on polyurethane myself, which was very easy and looks great.

Source: www.amazon.com/Winsome-Wood-Marble-Coffee-Table/dp/B00IT8YPX8