Fast, Good, Cheap..... Pick Two
Yep, that is what I told him, a buddy of mine is opening a retail space to sell his high end bicycle wheels that he hand builds, how high end do you ask, well the basic sets start at just under $1000, and he super incredible wheels are around $1500 per set. He also has some unobtanium wheels that are about $5000 a set
I know, incredible, but then again, he just shakes his head when he sees my $4938 Tablesaw It is all relative I guess.
He is opening this space and he needs some cabinets/counters to go along one wall, there will be some display on top of the counters, and storage under the counters for wheel sets. On the wall above the counter there will be wheels displayed, hung on the wall sort of (Yes I'm building that stuff too). I'll cut the two electrical outlets into the backs of the cabinets and then a hole with a beauty ring in counter top as they will need a place for the espresso machine to plug in, and some sort of stereo.
This is a fairly small space (Tokyo don't you know) but it is in the right area, just down the street there are several high end car dealers, Aston Martin, Alpina (BMW), Maserati, and McClaren. Along this wall the cabinets will go.....
There is a bump in the middle of the wall, but it is not too bad I think.
Here is the right hand corner that the cabinet will go into.
This is the left end of the wall, the cabinet will stop just short of that small bit that juts out.
The baseboard is tall, 10.5cm/4-1/8" and it varies in thickness from a full 15mm/9/16" to 10mm/3/8" The wall is fairly straight, but the baseboard is kind of awful. To avoid that I've decided to make a kick on the base of the cabinet that will be a full 4-1/8" tall, so the cabinet will actually start just above the baseboard, and be flat on the wall. The floor is level, and the corner that the cabinet fits into on the right is actually very close to being square!! The cabinets will go up to the bottom of the black line on the wall.
The fun part of all of this is that they want to have a soft opening on Monday, next week, I got the phone call on Monday night about this. We had talked about it maybe three months ago that this was in the works, but he never got back to me. I know he is VERY busy getting this all arranged, but still, this is going to be a tight one! On Tuesday night I went and saw the space took measurements and discussed what he wanted done. Basically they will be paint grade cabinets with just simple sliding doors on them, painted plywood, and the counter tops will be plastic laminate. They are sharing the space with a high end Golf studio. It has the feel of a very exclusive old boys club, so there can be no crap looking work done here. The cabinets will be painted the same red color as the wall (Not my choice) and the tops will be similar in color to the floor in the room.
Bang bang, got to get it done!
Wednesday morning at about 6:30AM I went out to the DIY place to get the stuff I need, and then went to work this morning, and tonight.
I've got two of these now built, total time six hours. It is all dadoed together with staples and glue.
I don't know if that is a good time or not, but I've also got all the parts for the kicks cut too.
Next I'll do the kicks and then the tops, I'll have to fit some sanding and painting in too.
It is going to be a rush to get them done by Monday, but if I can work on Sunday night in the space or early Monday morning it is doable, but man it is a time crunch.
Dunno what the final bill will be, but I did tell him " Fast, Good Cheap, pick two"
The reality is that he will get well built custom cabinets, that should look good, at a reasonable price in less than a week, anywhere else in Tokyo would cost him a lot more and take at least a month.
When I'm done this they need a cash register counter built up stairs in the other space, that will be much more involved and they need that like yesterday too.....good to have friends eh?