(Mission accomplished! Doug surveys our handiwork)
Thanks to my friends Doug Currie and Ryan Mendell, plus my eldest dog Mocean, who joined me yesterday for a workshop-building party. The four of us accomplished a lot in my new work room in surprisingly little time – a combination of working well together and all being able to follow IKEA instructions.
I’m pretty impressed with IKEA’s system, so far. Doug and I assembled the cabinets and once Ryan joined us after work the three of us started mounting the hanging rails to the walls. A tripod-mounted laser level definitely helped here:
(Doug and Ryan securing a mounting rail to the wall)
The walls in my workshop room meet at an obtuse angle, which required a fair bit of shimming when we mounted the hanging rail along the longer leg of the L. Once the rail was in place, the moment of truth arrived: Would the corner cabinet hang properly from both rails?
(Lifting the corner cabinet…)
(… and setting it in place. Mocean “supervises”)
Yes, it did – and the rest of the cabinets did too. Access panels were cut in two cabinets to reach the power sockets on each wall, and power bars added to bring electricity to the countertop height. The cabinets were screwed together and levelling legs were added along the front of the assembly. In all, the work took about five hours, after which I rewarded the guys with a meal and drinks at Harbord House.
Next up: I must assemble and install 30 drawers of various sizes, and cut and install a counter top. Then, I can begin to unpack all of my tools and supplies into the drawers.
I must also decide what to do with the corner cabinet. I bought a bi-fold door for it, and a two-tier carousel for the interior. But Mocean demonstrated that it would make an excellent spot to enjoy a nap. In fact, he used it as a dog bed while we assembled the other cabinets: