The first four of five Billy Bookcases are up. Only one top extension is in place, and the doors are not on it yet, but I have started moving fabric into the lower cabinets. The fifth cabinet was damaged in shipping and I have to send the damaged parts list to Ikea as soon as the top extensions are finished.
I can't claim any responsibility for the results so far other than buying the cabinets and helping lug them up the stairs. I am grateful to know a couple of good handymen and am very happy that A has taken on this job since I know I would be nowhere near this far along were I attempting it myself, and I would probably be lying on the floor with my feet up on the sofa feeling stiff, sore, and frustrated, and too tired to unpack fabric.
My only other responsibility so far, other than moving tons of stuff around and helping carry, has been to crawl around the garage floor while I glued large pieces of plywood together, and haul more heavy stuff around to weight the pieces, in order to make the 42" x 108" (3 1/2' x 9') top of the future cutting table.
Seeing the assembled slab of plywood lying on the floor, although not in its final place, I see that although the cutting table will dominate the room, I will have room to work around it, and I am happy at that thought. Only half of the base cabinets have arrived, and two of them are awaiting assembly. The final cabinets should arrive this week, and the materials for finishing the top probably this coming week or early the following week.
I probably won't get more fabric moved today as I'm hosting a dinner party this evening. But I can go upstairs and sigh occasionally, and dream of the space to come.