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The Island Finally Arrived

MadMom's picture

The Island Finally Arrived (post #55329)

Ohhh yes, in three boxes.  Forty two pieces, plus hardware (about a gazillion pieces.)  As a good engineer should, I counted out all the pieces, even made a copy of the page listing the wooden pieces, cut each picture out, and labeled each stack of wood (that was a life saver later, believe me!)  I'm now on the mid part of step 3 out of 11 assembly steps.  I keep telling DH it will get easier as it goes along. 


One minor problem, a glitch in the instructions.  I'm normally a freak for following the instructions, even when they don't make sense, but in this case, following them was not the correct thing to do.  I plan to call the manufacturer in the morning to make sure that my instincts are correct.  (If not, one side of each extendable cutting board will be dipping about 1" at the back...don't think that's what they intend.)  At any rate, hope to finish assembling it tomorrow, then we will be FINISHED!!!!!


I'm attaching some pictures...first the one of what used to be the living room, before I covered it with wood pieces of the island, and the second one, showing what I've got done so far.  I think it will be great!




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chiquiNO's picture

(post #55329, reply #1 of 9)

Oh my...you are good..really good.  I hate to buy stuff you have to assemle!!!  I avoid it at all costs...LOL

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

avak123's picture

(post #55329, reply #2 of 9)

What a woman you are! Any plans next Christmas Eve? I am sure I could keep you busy assembling all of those Santa gifts! LOL.


Can't wait to see your finished creation.

marie-louise's picture

(post #55329, reply #3 of 9)

Can you imagine doing this to a whole room! Believe it or not, you can actually buy kitchen cabinets that come disassembled (Scherr's.) They are apparently very good cabinets. Ikea kitchens also come like this.

unbaked's picture

(post #55329, reply #5 of 9)

About 10 years ago, wayyyyyy down in the depths of old Mejico, we imported cabinets like that and installed them in our kitchen. I think we had about 30 of them. An experience, indeed. I ended up doing the vast majority of the assembly.

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

unbaked's picture

(post #55329, reply #4 of 9)

IMO we women are the very best assemblers.


Many moons ago, when dinosaurs were still recently dead, I owned a motorcycle assembly service.


I had all male assemblers, mostly because I couldn't get women to answer my help-wanted ads.


But *I* was the one that would assemble the first of a new model so that I could show the guys how to do it right. I had signs all over the shop that said, READ THE FREAKING INSTRUCTIONS!


Most of the detailed assembly instructions that came with the bikes were very, very good...but didn't work worth a darn unless you used them.


Kudos to you on counting out and separating your parts..that's the way it should be done.


I have never assembled anything with a man that didn't result in us  having a huge fight. I think that putting together stuff with my ex contributed heavily to our divorce :P


When all else fails, read the directions and then figure out where the directions are wrong and then assemble :)


'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

JaneRose's picture

(post #55329, reply #6 of 9)

"Many moons ago, when dinosaurs were still recently dead, I owned a motorcycle assembly service."

Every once in a while there is a thread on "things ya didn't know about me" and this is one of those marvelous details that round out our perspective. What a terrific role model you must be!

unbaked's picture

(post #55329, reply #8 of 9)

LOL...to all aspiring motorcycle assemblers, indeed :)


Now I just sling shampoo...boring in comparison, really.


You really, really don't want to know some of the other businesses I've had lol.


'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

dixie's picture

(post #55329, reply #7 of 9)

Oh my! Don't envy you but know it will be beautiful when finished.

assibams's picture

(post #55329, reply #9 of 9)

Looking good and getting there :-)


I am the chief furniture assembler in our house, built all of our kitchen (Ikea) cabinets, the closets, other cabinets, you name it, I screwed them together... Thank goodness Ikea instructions are really good, not just written instructions, no, all illustrated, yay!



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