2014 APRIL – SHELVES

AFTER - All done.  The two shelves installed, and full already

AFTER – All done. The two shelves installed, and full already

For the longest time it has bothered me that I don’t have enough shelves in the kitchen to hold all my bottles, large and small.

And also shelves to keep my books.  Lately they have been stacking up on the floor under the table, but you cant sail with stuff not secured.  I also found that with the moisture on the boat, if I put the books away in the bilge, then they got all moldy and kind of soggy.

Eventually I decided to do something about it.  I had a week free so I coerced the carpenter that lives on his boat on my dock, to build the shelves for me.  He had just completed a wood surround for his bathroom basin, which was beautifully finished, so I reckoned he could do the work on my beautiful FastAlley.

 Poor fellow had never done work under a Project Manager before.  Okay, so I am an IT PM, but projects are projects, and timelines are timelines!

So on Tuesday morning when he was due to start work, I was knocking on his boat at 9:00am.  A sleepy head emerged.  By the time he had showered, and been to Home Depot for stains, varnish, glue, and the requisite wood, it was noon.  I was waiting for him as he arrived, and pretty soon he was measuring and sawing, while I sanded.

On Wednesday it was noon before I managed to get him head down and shoulder to the grindstone, and once again he was measuring and cutting, while I sanded and stained the pieces from the day before.

By Thursday the poor man was exhausted.  He staggered up and laid out his tools, then disappeared till 2:00pm.  I think he hadn’t worked this hard and this consistently in years.  I gave all the wood a second light sanding and stain, then he varnished the pieces.  And finally installed them all.

I am thrilled with the finished result.  I had my bottles of sauces and oils and condiments scattered in nooks all over the place, and now I can put them in one place.  I am delighted.

COST OF THE SHELVING:

Home Depot – wood   ………….>>>>>>>>     $150

Home Depot – glue, varnish, stain  >>>>      $30

Labor …………………………>>>>>>>>>>>>     $440

Shelves in cupboards in amas >>>>>>>>    $245

TOTAL ………………………>>>>>>>>     $865

BEFORE - blank space for books (seats removed)

BEFORE – blank space for books (seats removed)

AFTER - double row (top and bottom) of shelves for books

AFTER – double row (top and bottom) of shelves for books

AFTER - finished bookshelves with swivel seats replaced

AFTER – finished bookshelves with swivel seats replaced

BEFORE - need to use this blank spot (1)

BEFORE – need to use this blank spot (1)

 

 

 

BEFORE - blank spot begging for shelves (2)

BEFORE – blank spot begging for shelves (2)

AFTER - blank spot now useful shelves (1)

AFTER – blank spot now useful shelves (1)

AFTER - now a useful spot (2)

AFTER – now a useful spot (2)

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