Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Kaisercraft advent calendar: part 1


When I saw this new advent calendar from Kaisercraft, I was sold! I loved the the sturdy base, the drawers and the blank middle area for decoration.

Silly me forgot to take a photo of the package BEFORE I opened it and started the first stage of construction. Doh! But basically it comes flat packed, wrapped in plastic. There is the large base piece, and 6 other 'wood' pieces that need to be cut apart to form walls that slot into the base and form the shell for the drawers to be inserted into. The package also includes 25 flat packed chipboard drawers that require assembly, and a sheet of plain chipboard numbers.

So far I have managed to assemble the shell only, and that took me about 30 minutes with my husband helping. Thoughts so far...

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My other tip is to make sure you really cut or file off all the connecting tabs from the drawer walls. Even part of a millimeter left behind can cause the outside wall to bow out a little and then the outside corners of the calendar don't meet up as precisely as they should.

For anyone interested, the depth of the drawer (inside measurement) is 48mm.

I'll be back with some assembled drawers and more thoughts (hopefully) soon.
Have you had any experience with this Kaisercraft advent calendar? Got any thoughts or tips to share? Just leave me a comment, I really appreciate it.

19 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see what you do with this Jen

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  2. I have been seeing these all over. I look forward to seeing how you decorate it! And I think I want one too!

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  3. Haven't had a go at this myself Jen but I can't wait to see yours!!

    Sheree xx

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  4. WOW Jen that sure is a lot of work, but I cant wait to see your finished creation. I'm sure it will be just gorgeous.

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  5. What stores have you guys seen these at?? I want one!!

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  6. hi! i found this blog on google when i was looking for reviews for this product! yours was the only useful one i found! i found loads on decorating but none about how you actually put it together and stuff! i think i'm going to try to make one, the drawers loook difficult though.. and i dont have a hole-punch thing to make a semi circle in the paper.
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    chris<3

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