Tuesday, December 30, 2008

File Cabinet

Here's one of my Christmas presents... a file cabinet... assembly required. ;) I'd never put together any furniture before, so this was really a learning experience! It came in the box with nothing attatched, just boards and bolts and hardware. This picture came after I figured out which were the top and bottom and right and left cabinet rails, and how to tell them from the top and bottom and right and left drawer slides, AND if the little wheels went toward the front or back of the drawer:

The directions were most unhelpful. And unhelpful in three languages, too, so what you see there in the little black rectangles on page 4 that look like sufficient information actually says things like:

Unfinished Surface.
Surface non finie.
Superficie sin acabado.

Of all the things I could have been told about how to put this together, the fact that the unfinished surfaces go on the INside of the cabinet, not the OUTside of the cabinet... well, if you didn't intuitively know that, you shouldn't even be starting something like this. My favorite quote from the whole booklet:

This hole should be located here.
Ce trou devrait etre situe ici.
Este agujero debe estar ubicado aqui.

In addition to these bits and pieces, there were 24 cam dowels and 24 hidden cams, 8 flat head phillips screws, and four support pins. Also not pictured, 4 non-swivel casters, three angle brackets, two drawer pulls, one designer medallion... And yes, I was singing that to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas... :D

But finally I got to page 15, and my lovely model Libby shows that it is together and sturdy enough to support a cat:

The only problem I have now is that it's ½ an inch too tall to put where I wanted to put it, under my computer desk. Now I've got to add 4 blocks under my computer desk to raise it ¾ of an inch so it'll fit.


floribunda said...

congratulations on "getting it together"! The finished product looks great. (my word verification is "grand"!)

YankeeQuilter said...

I've been doing lots of furniture/bookcase construction this week...I'd like to throttle whoever writes those directions! Today I am trying to install a new printer...they keep referring to the installation poster - I keep looking into the empty carton wishing the poster would appear! Maybe I just need more coffee.....

Lindsay Jean said...

Well the finished product shows no signs of the battle to put it together! It turned out really nice, and coordinates with your kitty quite well.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Oh dear - if you ever do that again - get yourself an electric/battery screwdriver!!! You did great though - all done. I put a bunch of these together 2 years ago with lots of "help" from my then 3 year old, i yi i - but we did it! The directions - you did the right thing by trying to find humor in them.
Cheers! - Evelyn

Zhenya and Nika Aksutin said...

Hello! My name is Nika! I so like your blog! We are from Russia. My husband and I to work with students. We organize many clubs to construct attitudes friendship and to speak them about the Christ. I have ladys club, we to do hand made cards, scrapbook, quilt and crosstitch. It is good opportunity to testify about our God and His love! Every Saturday I have craft club for ladyes. We do cards, quilt, crochet, cross stitch too. It very not usual and new to Russian culture. I to study from different blogs how to make cards, made quilt and to use different technics. We are missionary to the Far East Russia. We are russian. We live in city Birobidzhan, it is the Jewish region in Russia. A lot of Jews live here. They have synagogues and to celebrate religious holidays. But many of them do not know the Christ. We have 2 daughters. Polina is 8 years and Liliya is 2 years.And if you are interesting about us I shall be glad give answer to you. I will glad if you can write me.Sorry my English.

You can vizit to my blog http://christforchristglory.blogspot.com
and our family ministry blog

Carol said...

Your gift also included learning patience and perseverance - and now, innovation. A wonderful gift and you did a great job.

julieQ said...

Goo djob! I find that kind of thing very challenging. Yours is really nice put together. Happy New Year!!

Ann said...

It actually told you the finished surfaces go to the outside and unfinished to the inside? How funny is that. I can't believe they assume you don't know that......how funny. The end result does look great! Are you filling it with FQ's? hehe

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