This Shouldn’t Take Long

Once upon a time, a young man decided to make a courting present for his damsel (not in distress) on one of the most romantic days of the year—the day of the royal wedding.  But before he could begin, he put a dreadful curse on the project by uttering the words you should never say when projecting, “This shouldn’t take long, an afternoon maybe.”

 He was doomed. 

Greg had to use up some vacation time in April or else he would lose it.  Since I wanted to watch the royal wedding (Michelle if you are reading, I was working during it!) and he joined me.  Good thing to because I am NOT good at waking up that early.  In fact the alarm went off, I said 5 more minutes and rolled over.  20 minutes later he came to get me so I didn’t miss the dress.

After watching the couple say, “I Do,” we started talking about the island when Greg uttered those dreaded words as we walked around the cabinets.

“This shouldn’t take long, an afternoon maybe.”

Ugh.  Do yourself a favor and never, ever mention those words when doing a project.  You are doomed to a month long project minimum.  As we’ve learned in house hold repair, nothing will take just one trip to the hardware store nor will it take a little time as you think unless you are hanging a picture.  Even then, not so–just ask my dad (two hours to hang a mirror in our house).

Since I had to work, I head up to my office (yay for working at home!) and let him begin his project thinking it should be fine, he has a plan.

First he screwed the cabinets together.  Done!

Then he needed to cut the wainscoting to fit the back and side of the cabinets, including cutout on the sides bottom corner.

Like with little child, when there’s silence, you know something is wrong.  The silence was fairly deafening.  

The table saw was cutting crooked and Greg could not get a clean edge on the wainscoting.  After a few back and forths trying to figure out how to resolve the issue, he broke out the hand saw and we cut the piece.  He investigated the table saw a bit more and realized it was slightly bent from the move.

Issue fixed!

He applied wood glue to the back of the cabinet before clamping the wainscoting and nailed in place.  We had read about just gluing but we felt better by also nailing it in place.   By this point, we are several hours into the project and decided to get dinner.

 Over the weekend, Greg cut the other two sides and nailed them to the cabinets.

By this point, we’ve been working on the island for a few days (on and off since we have to work).  When it came to cutting the trim with the miter box, we struck out.  Greg learned it was better to angle the table saw’s blade to get the clean cut we needed.  About two hours later, we had all the trim cut.


You might be thinking two hours??  But to get the proper fit of the corners, it takes time and patience.

Tip time: When nail trim on a floating object such as an island, have the other person hold against the other side to apply resistance to hammering.  Took a few nails to figure this out.  By this point, we were tired and just wanted to relax on the couch. 

Unlike fairy tales, we didn’t have any dwarfs or mice coming in to help build when we got time.

Up next—Sanding, painting, countertop.  We’re almost there.


2 thoughts on “This Shouldn’t Take Long

  1. Hi! I’ve been reading your website for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Texas!
    Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job!

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