I love this desk! My husband loves it too. He was surprised to come home from work one day and find it sitting in the office.
Cutting the notches for the shelves was tricky. I bought the cheapest jigsaw from Home Depot, which would have been ok had I bought a decent blade to go with it. The blade it came with was terrible, but after much trial and error, and power sanding, it all worked out.
I'm really happy with the finish. In person, it looks like the pit of an avocado, which is exactly what I was hoping for.