Thursday, March 15, 2012

Finally Finished with the BEAST

Yes, it is true.  The beast is finally complete!
Monday night we put in an hour and Tuesday night an hour.
This is where we were at:
Notice the slide (or lack of?)

Oh, that slide was killing me!  I could NOT get the holes to match up.  My fingers were raw.  I tried for about an hour on Wed. morning.  And gave up!

So last night we worked for an hour and a half.  Almost there.  This morning my 11 year old and I finished up the slide.

I have to say...this has been such a long process!!!!  I am thrilled to have it done, though!

I have a couple of other thoughts I want to share with you.

First, inventory your wood.  I rolled my eyes at this, honestly.  But I couldn't find a piece and called it in. They were super nice and said they would said a replacement, but I needed to inventory all my wood first.  They would only send ONE free shipment, so if any other pieces were missing I would have to pay shipping.  I inventoried the wood and found the missing piece.

Second, make sure you have the right drivers for your drill.  We went out and bought a kit with lots of different attachments and mangled all of them almost.

Third, organize!  It makes all the difference in the world!

And last, watch the video!  I'm serious!  That happy smiling couple putting it together could be you!  It is a great video, and separated by steps.  I would watch it while Ryan was drilling.  Then I could tell him exactly where and how things were done.

Next step...personalizing!  I am excited to make some cute curtains, a mailbox and a door bell!


Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Good for you--I'm sure it was tons of work!

Sankat said...

<3 it! We really want to get one. Thank you for the tips. Do you and the kids love it? Was it worth it?