I'm planning on making the play kitchen with smaller fridge for my almost two year old and I'm so excited! But after reading the plans, I'm worried that it's a little advanced for me. I have already gotten the wood for the sink and stove and had it cut at the store, but haven't gotten started. So, so far, these are my Qs:
In the first step, you're supposed to attatch one side, the bottom shelf, and the toekick. So, first you nail the side to the shelf, which are perpendicular to each other, but I can't picture how I'm going to be holding it all together while I'm nailing. Can I just put the side across a stack of books that's the same height as the shelf? and then the shelf along side the stack? If so, does my stack have to be *exactly* the height of the shelf board? (Here is a link to the plans in case the diagram is helpful: http://ana-white.com/2009/10/g....._9146.html
And then, later in the plans, after the whole piece is put together, I'm supposed to cut a hole in the countertop for my sink. I'm wondering if you do that after it's put together because then your counter is held up so you don't have the problem of holding onto it while cutting? Or might it be easier to cut that hole before putting it together? And how on earth am I going to cut that hole??? lol I can use dh's drill to start (I'm imagining you need a hole to get the saw in?), but I don't think we have the proper saw for this purpose. What do I need? And is it going to be as hard as it sounds? Just thinking about how exhausting it was to carve our pumpkin last year and I'm worried.
And one more Q -- I bought screws and a countersink bit bc I was looking at the getting started section and thought you put things together with the screws and then used the finishing nails for some kind of "finishing". But it looks like "finishing nails" are not so much for finishing but for putting things together. So, I have no finishing nails here, but dh says he's got a bunch of other nails. Can I improvise? Or should I make a trip to the hardware store? It looks like I could use the screws, but I feel like it might be overwhelming to be using the drill around my little guy. Nails just seem simpler, but I could be wrong about that.
Ok, I'm gonna go bring my wood in from the car! :)
Oh -- one more thing -- I have managed to avoid joining facebook so far and I really don't want to, but I do want to see what other people are doing with these knockoffwood plans. Is there really a lot to see there?