|Forum topic by SalvageCraft||posted 825 days ago||1862 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
825 days ago
I have been building a bookshelf for a customer. When she approached me about the job, she said she wanted a bookshelf. I asked a few questions about size, etc, and came back with some design specs and this drawing:
We agreed on the price and I got started. I’ve been sending her progress pics with each development through the steps of gathering reclaimed lumber, cleaning, drying, milling, and finally the assembly.
All was good until I sent her a near-completion pic today (pic taken before bookend braces were added):
She said “it’s beautiful! Where’s the back?”
Now, to me, a shelf if just a shelf, no sides or back (except on this one I was going to add some bookend braces, not in the original drawing). A case, on the other hand, is a shelf that has sides and a back. A cabinet is a case with doors. I thought that’s just how it is.
I also thought that my drawing was pretty clear about showing that the sides and back were open, although now when I look at it, I realize I could have added a rear view and/or expressly written that there was no sides or back to the piece.
I explained my thought process to her and we worked out where the confusion had come in. I explained that adding a back would cost more and take more time, as I needed to gather, dry and mill more wood to match the design. This was all fine, and we’re back on the same page.
So all is well with the customer, and I’m still building a beautiful shelf, with a back. In the future I will be more careful to talk about what is not being built as well!
My question to you all is: What is a shelf, a case, a cabinet? Are my notions in order, or have I just created my own arbitrary definitions of these items?
Thanks for reading!
ps. ~ I’ll post a blog or project about this full build once it is delivered :)
-- Jesse --