I received this trunk as well off backorder but I don't know what you mean by the drawers/inside being made of wood. I didn't notice that. Could you please post pictures? Mine also had the "new" smell - don't know if it was from the paint though but definitely has a smell to it. I do like the trunk. It holds a lot and like the looks of it.
My daughter's dolls (in storage): Kanani, Natalie (#55), and Rebecca
My dolls: Kit, Lanie, Felicity (PM), Kaya, Addy (PM), and Josefina (PM)