The template marks out holes and dimensions well - and the build should go together smoothly. That said, I made a HUGE mistake that led to quite a bit of headache. I used oil based paint for one color game piece (okay), and water based paint for the other color (not good). The water based paint caused the trivets to swell slightly, and suddenly not slide through the playing tracks. Be smarter than I was, and you'll have far less headaches! Skill level: amateur.