Saturday, January 24, 2009


Nothern Lites and Do it Your self productions present the official guild on to how build a a chair.

Late November after a trip to the fine seller of Swedish things in boxes the folks decided to forgo the Swedish solution infavour of a more local solution. So a trip was made to Castlegar, and a fine set was chosen that would fit the small space of the kitchen. After some waiting the order came through and a second trip to the 'gar was made and the parts taken home. This is were I came into the process. As I had no input on the design choices nor did I mind that It was not my choice to make.

After the kit arrived I volunteered to assemble the kit. The first chair took longer to assemble then its Swedish counter part but the kit simple and strait forward. The second chair should have gone much quicker but was met with a hick up. The second chair of the first box; the chairs were shipped two to a box was completely lacking any fasteners. I had in front of me all the nice wood bits for a perfectly good chair and no way to finish. Not to be head back I opened the second box of chairs, and assembled the second chair and started on the third. And did not get very far. This third chair was lacking the right set of fasteners.

I went on to assemble the table that went smoothly a side from the wish for having access to a small kids hands to reach into the tight spaces. As I was wrangling the table other folks wrangled the retailer about the missing bits.

It would take more then two weeks to receive the parts, a process that took longer, as it was near christmas and nothing was moving with much hurry. Then came the day of Joy, and we rejoiced as we could soon have a complete kitchen with all matching furniture. The joy was short lived as I soon found that though they had sent the wrong kits. Kits that were a perfect match for the incorrect kit that got shipped to us in the first place.

With some careful consideration I was able to finish one of the chairs. In the end I had to play some phone tag to secure the four peaces I was missing. After a couple weeks a small package came through the post and there was the last of the nuts and bolts, with the wrong washers, a small error that thanks to the spare parts l was able to get a washer of the right size and al was good.

An Instructional diagram for the wrong chair and the spare parts


chani said...

HA HA HA!! you got to love when they send you the worng parts twice!! what a bunch of wankers!! enjoy sitting on your chairs!!

Ien in the Kootenays said...

You had to take a picture at one of the messier moments of course.
Oh well. We sure appreciate having it done!