I got the second door hung today and sanded down the first cabinet. When putting these together I was very aware that they are going to have to hang on the wall. At 30X53 inches, and with all the crown detail that will be on them, they are big and heavy cabinets. Or at least they seem big and heavy to me. I am concerned not only with them staying on the wall, but also with staying together.
While laying in bed at night I would have these thoughts of hearing a big crash in the kitchen. In my mind I would run in to find that the backs of the cabinets where still attached to the wall but that everything else had pulled away and went crashing to the ground. With that in mind I may have over designed them a bit. I used a 3-inch nail to put them together and a lot of glue. With out taking an actual count I would say each cabinet has around 50 or 60 3-inch nails in it, and maybe close to a pint of glue.
The use of the 3-inch nail lead to a bit of a problem. In all instances I was nailing it in to a board that is only ¾ of an inch wide. If you don’t keep the nail perfectly straight all the way through the 3-inches it will pop out the side. This happened on a few occasions. Eight times to be exact. I guess that is not too bad after 120 nails.
I did pre-drill the holes but I was not able to drill the entire length of the nail. Most of these occurrences happened on the top and on the one side that will be against the wall. A bit lazy there. I didn’t pull these out because they will never been seen. Four times it happened on a side that will be visible. I was able to pull the nails out but I am left with a little damage that will need to be dealt with. I will need to see if I can sand it down to a divit and then fill with putty.
If all goes well, I think I might be painting by Saturday. This cabinet looks pretty much like the first one so I didn’t bother posting pictures.
In other news, I talked with my sister tonight. She was evacuated from New Orleans after Katrina. It is odd in a way what happened to her. If you followed the story of Katrina and the aftermath you would think that the city is a complete lost cause. You would think that everything was completely devastated and everybody would have suffered massive losses.
There is of course a lot of truth to that. With my sister and her family, though, it wasn’t like that at all. Her husband is back to work in the French Quarter and she will be going back to work next week. Both her and her husband never missed a paycheck. Her boss wanted to make sure they came back so he continued to give them full salary through all this.
Both my sister and her daughter have homes in the Historic Garden District. My sister’s husband has been to both of them and they suffered almost no damage. There were a few shingles missing on my sisters 1905 home and a little water got in, but it was very minor. That’s it – no looting or floods or blown off roofs. The only reason she isn’t living there now is because there is still no electricity. She is currently living at a co-workers house expects to be living at home and back to work in The French Quarter very shortly.
Granted the losses have been staggering, but those things that make New Orleans New Orleans seem to be intact. The historic heart of the city is still there and beating. She says there will be a Mardi Gras next year. Pretty amazing.