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Is Conestoga RTA assembly really simple?

Posted by Texasgal47 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 28, 13 at 9:48

Hi, I plan to do just a few cabinets for my bedroom and have a professional do the install. I've watched Conestogal assembly videos on Utube and read the instruction manual. Is assembly as simple as they claim for a real novice like me or is it tricky in real life to have everything come out precise and square with solid construction? I want to go this route as prefer their factory painted finish vs. using a professional carpenter. Also there would be quite a bit of customization as I plan to use two file cabinets, modified, as free standing nightstands with castors added to the bottom to make them mobile. Conestoga would make additional backs and tops for them to make them free standing. Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated as going this route is still expensive.


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RE: Is Conestoga RTA assembly really simple?

Hi Texasgal,

Yes.... and no. I think if you put everything together (without the glue) to make sure you know exactly what goes where, then label each piece, take apart and then glue, you will be OK. DH and I put together the first 9 (?) cabinets our first day, 14 or so the second and then I did the rest by myself (more than we did together, I was rather proud). We had someone else hang them. The ones I did were simpler; I would have struggled with the tall oven cabinet and a few of the other pieces. Our salesman, Brian Long from The Cabinet Joint, was very patient and helped with our preliminary questions. Best of luck, oldbat2be


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We just received our Conastoga cabinets and have assembled the first few, with many more to go. The first one took us quite awhile to get it looking good, but the others have gone much quicker. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is not a DIYer with other household projects. It's not difficult, but is also not DIY101. Requires a certain knowledge of how things go together, plus we're using a lot of clamps to hold things nice and square while the glue dries.


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Thank you both for your assistance. I'm tempted to "plunge ahead" even if I have to pay someone to do the more difficult parts, such as drawer installs. Will report back to the forum if I go with Conestoga.


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wondering how you did in the end with your cabinet assembly?/
Our cabinets arrived this morning and at least from the few boxes I looked at already, each cabinet isn't in it's on box with all the parts.
Could it be that the rest of the cabinets are in boxes together?


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RE: Is Conestoga RTA assembly really simple?

Hi,
Conestoga's production system is that all of the boxes (plywood parts, or particle board) come from one place and are boxed separately from the face frames and the doors/drawers. There are pink or yellow sheets that tell what box is what. I had 7 pallets containing 99 boxes of stuff!!! Put the carcases in one pile, the FF's on another, the drawers in a 3rd and the doors/drawers in a 4th. Then separate for uppers/lowers! 8 piles.
Casey


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RE: Is Conestoga RTA assembly really simple?

I haven't ordered my cabinets yet but still plan to do so, hopefully within the next few months. I had some design issues that have been finally resolved. I'll report back and show a picture after everything has been installed. Good luck with your project.


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RE: Is Conestoga RTA assembly really simple?

If I could make a suggestion? Make certain, if you're using inset doors, to fit them into the face frames before you attach them to anything. It's SOOOOO much easier to fit them face down on the floor than it is vertically!

I can put one of these cabinets together in about 10 minutes. Base drawers, of course, take longer because of the drawer glides, but I've got a trick for that, now, too. :)


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