Monday, November 28, 2011

Well travelled

It is now a well travelled kitchen, having been broken into 6 components, loaded onto the trailer and driven several hundred kilometres to the farm on the weekend.  Did it fit in the trailer?  I’m glad you asked….and the answer is “almost”.  It all packed pretty well except for the long part of the bench top.  I could have pressed the point I suppose, but after so much work I decided to be patient and wait for next trip.

What with the tiling done, kitchen bench installation started and the stairs well on the way to completion - soon I won’t know what to do with myself.  Mind you I still havn’t tackled the plumbing, gyprocking, stair rail, bathroom ceiling, back veranda floor, upstairs’ floor sanding, linen press, slow combustion fire… get the idea.

All in all a great trip, especially so because my son-in-law came along to lend a hand.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Meals on wheels

After around 120 hours the kitchen cabinet is ready to install. This is a matter for great rejoicing for two reasons. Firstly, Pemberley will start to look more like a home than a workshop. Secondly, my workshop will look less like a granny flat.

The obvious question though is how do you move a 3.2 metre long cabinet? Well for once I planned ahead and built the bench as three components, the drawers, the sink section and the right hand cupboard. I’ll join these permanently once I’ve trundled it down to the farm on the trailer. The bench top is also made in three sections, the back third, which runs the full length, the front two thirds over the drawers and the section above the cupboard. I’ll glue it together on site and also oil what is just raw timber at the moment.

Will it all fit on the trailer or will I need to make two trips? I’ll let you know after the weekend.