The "wood" is just some sort of cheap coating. It scratches incredibly easily so within a year our entire set looked like it was 10 years old. It's only been 2 years now and I'm tossing it. Absolutely awful quality. I would strongly advise against purchasing unless you use a tablecloth and stool cushions.
I like this table and chair set for my apartment. It would have been nice to have chair assembly instructions so I didn't have to Google a picture of the stools! I really liked how the tools for assembly were included.
Fortunately, I had all the instructions and I had it all put together in a couple of hours. It would have been less time but one of the pieces for the stools didn't have the holes pre-drilled. Also I purchased two of the Lolland stools to go with the set. They have a padded seat and a low-rise back-rest. Matches perfectly. Too bad the table didn't come with them.All that said - It looks great in my small dining room!