You might have seen Mandy's post the other day about a luggage shelf that I build for blog post fodder...I mean for our son's bedroom. I was pretty excited to build it because I knew it would be a quick, easy project, especially since Mandy would buy the wood at Lowe's and have them rip it to the right size. I drew it all out in my mind and had a good plan. It would be quick, easy way to score some brownie points.
I was very particular in selecting the wood to use for the project. I knew that the shelf had to hold heavy suitcases and potentially serve as a platform for kids from which kids would do canonballs onto the adjacent bed. I also knew that there would be a single support in the middle for larger objects to be stored on either side. I also wanted it to look nice and last a long time; I figure if I'm going to spend time on something I might as well do it right.
With that in mind I specifically told my shopper to buy 3/4 inch plywood, oak. It's a bit expensive at $45 per sheet, but it would be strong enough to support the required wieghts and would look good painted. It would also retain it's straightness.
When I got home from work on the day of the project Mandy had already picked up the material and staged it in the garage for me. I knew something was amiss. Sure enough, she had picked up 1/2 inch pine project board instead.
Her reason for the unapproved switch:
1. It was cheaper ($35/sheet vs $45/sheet) = $10 savings
$10 Savings = Implications to the project:
1. Thinner sheets were bowed.
2. Surface finish was much poorer.
3. Wood was not strong enough for a single support, so I had to add a second support.
4. Second support meant that I did not have enough 1x2's and I had to run to Lowe's again.
5. Thinner sheet dimension threw off the other dimensions in my plan.
6. I had to recut the boards because the thickness affected the assembly dimensions.
I think that $10 savings went towards a $30 plastic gizmo from Pampered Chef that she brought home last night with which to make homemade potato chips in the microwave. Unseasoned, fat-free potatoe slices really hit the spot. If only I could do two more projects just like this one. I'd feel much better knowing I saved enough to completely pay for the chip maker.