It was challenging!
It was frustrating!
It was almost firewood!
BUT, It's done!
Do you see how perfectly it fits in that space? Of course, that's the result of careful planning, accurate measurements, and skill. Oh, heck, I lie! I wish I had pictures of me breaking a sweat when I tried to "slide" it into place, and the legs wouldn't fit down over/between the moulding!
That's when the cursing occurred.
If you recall, I built this in three pieces: the bookcase/back support, the front/legs/drawer component, and the top. I had to get this upstairs and around corners so that was the only way I could think to build it. I measured, and measured twice (really, I measured about 20 times!). Then I deducted from my measurement the depth of the base mouldings. I know I did this! I was so sure of my measurements that I didn't just screw everything together (with pocket holes made with my Kreg jig), but I glued it all together, too. There was no way I could take this apart to shave off the 3/8" I needed to get this
I pushed and shoved, Mr. Neighbor pushed and shoved. We all scratched our heads. They even said I could notch out the moulding - I really didn't want to do that! So, while Mr. went to get a hammer to beat the thing into submission, I decided to try to push it in from a different direction. I leaned it down almost to the floor and slid the legs in between the moulding, then I pushed down as I lifted and -SUCCESS! It was in place! The drawers weren't tweaked in the process, and they still work, so all's good!(And, no, those legs aren't crooked - it's the camera angle! :-).
(the shelves still need clips to support them).
See those legs, sitting on the floor between the moulding - Whew!
|After all the problems with the finish, I think it turned out beautifully. |
It's a nice warm color, with a smooth, satiny shine.
And, the drop leave table's finish is nice, too. I finished the top, but left the final finish of the sides and interior to Mrs. Neighbor. I was just done with that finish!