At a Monday, September 6, 2021, class meeting I got drafted to make one corn hole game for my wife’s elementary school. When called I said it would take a week after I got the material and found the plans. I was told to start. So, with some surplus OSB in the workshop, I sanded it and painted it for the face pieces. It blistered – unsat.
With that reported on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, the project grew to three sets, six pieces. Now I need more and better material. And the options were have Home Depot cut two 48”x96” sheets of plywood into 24”x48”, 24”x48”, 24”x48”, leaving one 23 5/8” x 48” and then I cut the holes. Cost / time / accuracy the decision was buy six precut corn hole faces in ½” maple. The special order was placed on Wednesday evening, September 8, 2021, with an estimated delivery date of Wednesday, September 15, 2021. We hauled six 2”x4”x96” pieces home in the Chevy Sonic – that is all that car can handle, along with the paint, bolts, and some screws.
When it was reported that the delivery date of the faces was Wednesday, September 15, 2021, there was MAJOR disappointment. “We thought we were going to have them for PE on Monday, September 13, 2021.” (Heh, what happened to the one week after I get the materials? At least some funds were freed up for the project.)
I do not have a good track record with special order deliveries from The Home Depot. One order was more than six weeks after the expected delivery date because The Home Depot did not respond to the vendor’s query about something. Several were more than three weeks late, several were more than a week late, all blamed on Coronavirus / Covid-19 issues. Most tracked back to an error by The Home Depot. (Clue here – the delivery date being set to the order date is not “Deliver as soon as possible.”)
Thursday, September 9, 2021, I get an e-mail from FedEx telling me that The Home Depot order has an expected delivery date of Saturday, September 11, 2021. HUH???
Right at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 11, 2021, the boxes were at the door and work started for that Monday, September 13, 2021, deadline. With lunch and dinner in the workshop with added wood fiber to the meals, and temperatures over 100 degrees, the day ended at 8:00 PM. Princess Lilli the Bean of Candyland came down and helped as a quality assurance inspector. She wanted to paint and I simply could not accommodate that request with the looming possible delivery for Monday, September 13, 2021. THAT disappointed me.
Sunday, September 12, 2021, started at 10:00 AM in the workshop and it was over 100 degrees by 1:00 PM. More meals with added wood fiber. The attached photo was taken as the project was approaching a deliverable state, about 6:00 PM. Not finished, the legs need to be painted, the undersides need to be painted, the white needs its second coat, but they can be used Monday, September 13, 2021. Left the shop after some clean-up right at 7:00 PM, dead.
Now we need to get them to the school. The Chevy Sonic can handle three at a time. Joyce calls her teammate, who is “sponsoring” this program. She has a truck. “Oh, don’t worry about it. We won’t have bean bags for a week or so.”
Ten hours on Saturday and nine hours on Sunday with temperatures over 100 degrees in the workshop both days. One set went to school today, Monday, September 13, 2021, hoping SOMEONE has SOME bean bags. Now I can take my time and finish the fine details.
Moral of the story? No good deed goes unpunished.