Getting too Old for this kind of stuff

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Sometimes I don’t think.
I built this powder bath vanity in 1 pc not putting enough thought into the install.


I had to scribe it to the walls…..before bringing it into the bathroom.
I had to cut out for the tile base…before bringing it in.
I had to take off the door trim…
Then I had to lift it above the toilet to get it in.
Did I mention I had to cut out the back for all the plumbing before hand as well. LOL
If there is a moral to the story I guess it would be to do better planning before hand.
2 cabinets would have been sooo much easier…..
A little forethought can save a lot of unnecessary labor.
Make your money at the desk, don’t lose it in the field!

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

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If you do this for a living, then a critique is necessary. Otherwise, you did a really nice job. The cabinet looks great, and you learned a lesson.

-nicky

Well, should never have to do that again….from what I see that is built to last….well done. You do fine work

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

Nicky, I do do this for a living. Maybe some critique is necessary.
(Not sure it would help though)
On the other hand, being the professional that I am, the cabinet got installed and the final result was the same.
I’m just poking a little fun at myself. Anybody that has done anything like this should be able to relate. :)

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

The end results is what really matters and it looks great. I find myself planning in real time.

-nicky

Bet you did a lot of face palming that day. Nice job though.,

Doing the best I can with what I've got

This is really neat Bently.
Too old? no! Time to get an apprentice?

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

I guess it proves that we are our own hardest critic – nicely done!

MJCD

Thanks all,
(face palming) yeah you could say that and some other choice words too.

Time to get an apprentice? .. No way, been there done that, 1 man band from here on out.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Bently,

We can relate to this! It seems no matter how we plan, there is always something that could have been done more efficiently. Talking things through together sometimes helps us to avoid pitfalls. . . or at least gives me someone else to share blame!

L/W

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

With a broad smile, I’ll say that my wife (of 35 years) ‘sees’ more than I do. While I get fascinated with the project, the build, all of the details, she would be the one to notice that it won’t fit through the door.
MJCD

great story …. and from your experience we all learn.
Now the question is, “Will we remember to heed the advice?” :)

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Bently, I’ve only been doing this a short while, but I’ve had so many of those face palm moments, its ridiculous! I’m really impressed with how well you overcame your obstacles though, as the end result looks fantastic. I bet lifting that thing over the toilet was a real challenge. I would have probably tripped over myself while trying to man handle the cabinet, knocked the toilet off its flange, and put a big cabinet sized whole in the wall! Great job!

Thanks,
Well David, I didn’t knock the toilet off, but I can’t say I didn’t bump the walls any.
I took all the doors off and drawers out and had a helper so it wasn’t too bad.
Ms Debbie, Don’t worry, I’ll remember this. (At least until tomorrow)…..LOL

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

haha me too

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

I know that you knew better….but this gave me a good laugh anyway.
Overcome and adapt….the professional way……

Involve your kids and grandkids. They'll love you for it!

Who pays attention to the easy stuff! Measure the wall, go back and build, show up for install and go oh, huh, hmmmm, scratch head and finish job. LOL

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Wow, now isn’t that a true lesson to learn by. Thanks for sharing that experience.

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