I bought 8 of these, you definitely need to sand. Some of the planks are off a bit but, otherwise fairly decent. I had to sand quite a bit so I used an electric hand sander (I recommend) I used a 220 as my final grit and it came out really soft. I stained them and made them look as if they were antique/vintage looking from an old wine cellar. Wedding is over and I
I had 8 crates... 8! I googled and pintrest[ed] to look for ideas and I used the crates to make a coffee table, and a kids' lemonade stand and other storage. I love that they come unfinished so the possibilities are endless.
I absolutely love it!