It's a bank not a safe.
It was great fun building the kit, although it takes some time. The instructions were clear as long as you pay attention to some of the highlighted details. The wood is a little fragile and I did have one (non-critical) piece break but as long as care is taken while assembling it shouldn't come apart.
I used a rubber mallet to ease parts together. Pieces came apart with some coercion. I broke no pieces in assembly, even with the mallet. Some hand strength is needed, and instructions might be too much for a 14yo. It took me 4 hours to casually build (an adult builder, with experience).
This was a Christmas gift for my best friend. He described it as feeling like a old school Christmas where you got the gift and then the family gathered around to help build the safe. There is lot of intricate pieces but he said it was a blast to assemble. Some of the pieces were a little snug going together but since it's made out of wood a small hammer did the job nicely to help assemble.
Bought this for my brother and he absolutely loved putting it together! Took him a few hours to do the whole thing and he was entertained the whole time. The safe is very sturdy and well made.
My son LOVES this, and has very much enjoyed the assembly process.
So far, no cons we can see!
Incredibly interesting model that really lets you see how a lock mechanism can work. The build can be difficult and the pieces are hard to get together at times. A few pieces broke when the person I gave this to attempted to assemble it. That being said, it is a beautiful, intricately designed safe and makes a nice gift for someone who has a good deal of patience and gentle hands.
Bought this for my husband and he loved it! Very sturdy and well made. Worth the money!
It was amazing. Challenging but not impossible! It kept my boyfriend busy for hours and once it was done is loved showing it to all his friends! Perfect for engineers, builders, or anyone that wants to try it! Very easy to follow directions. Would buy it again!!!!