Good morning. I'm in the middle of a dark and windy rainstorm, trying to catch up on blogs. The cats came in to eat like they were shot out of a cannon. Well they're finished, and I can't get them back out. Under the hutch, the chair, anywhere to hide. Now I'm stuck at home until they're out. I just came from Carol's Stitching Dreams blog and she mentioned colonial knots with a link to an instructional video. You can't beat Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread for detailed videos on almost any stitch. I couldn't remember the difference between Colonial and French knots and wondered which of those are my method. French. I've never had a problem but will give the Colonial a try. Mary's photos of her work using both methods makes me want to knot all day. Love the look.
The Colonial knot video is here
and the French is here.
Both photos are from her site.
Oh boy. I just heard the rush seat chair fall. The boys are roughhousing again. When I visited Agway for squirrel corn yesterday, the handsome orange tabby with the wide face, so calm and sweet, was still living in the small cage. No one has adopted any of the adults for a long time. This tabby is such a handsome well mannered gentlemen. I spend as much time as I can trying to stroke them through the cages.
If you're sick of reading about the damn cabinets, go away now.
As for the cupboards, they are well constructed, but there are a few problems. I helped him carry them in and immediately saw the leg (bracket - whatever) problem. He rabbeted in another piece of 7/8" thick wood - I don't know why. He's never seen this style and I guess he didn't look closely at the drawings. I can't even add vertical 3/4" slats to fill that area because his wood is thick and it should certainly not be down to the leg bottom. So we will try to carefully cut it off, but I seriously doubt it will end up straight and smooth. I am not having him transport these large pieces in his open bed truck again with three days of rain scheduled. If we fail, we will cut the legs off.
The drawing specifically stated a fixed shelf in the middle of the two smaller cabinets on the end. There is none. The center stile on which the 18" doors close, is missing on both pieces. My heart really sank when I saw this. He said the doors are butt doors. NO THEY ARE NOT!!!! There is no center overlay on any of them and the center stile is on the drawing. I got out the tape and measured, realized the opening was too large for the doors and he had forgot to install the stile. Whew. They can be added. Now for the final disappointment.
His method is to recess the back in 3/8" instead of flush, and adding this 3/4" blocking to the bottom shelf in addition to the thickness of the plywood back = my dishes don't fit. I can use a higher shelf but I've always stored them on the bottom. Even then, they just fit because my doors are partially inset. So. I'm not as upset as I should be because I've been disgusted for so long. Having to reach up to get my dishes is the thing that bothers me most. The heaviest and largest items should be on the fixed bottom shelf, not above. Whatever. I'm done. The next time you see them they will be painted and on the wall, and the kitchen changes will end there. I can't do this any longer.
If you made it this far, thanks for listening to me whine. I wonder if my husband prefers that over shouting. Dare I ask?
Enjoy your day!