This looked like a fun winter project and certainly turned out to be a challenging one. Instructions simply said match numbers. There were 5 boards with pieces. Not marked in any way. All had to have edges sanded. I saved the boards they came from, thank goodness. Marked all the pieces. The only guide you had was picture and it was an uncompleted pic of the item. I thought it would look nice in my Oriental themed living room. I did have fun assembling it with a lot of whining and growling, one broken piece, alot of gluing and dah duh, finally looks neat! I researched the story behind the dragon and phoenix and pearl. Found the color combo I liked and now in progress.