So a couple of days ago, I read a post on smithaeaster’s blog about a free diy workshop at Home Depot. She made an adorable shelf/coat rack… for FREE! Well, her time and some elbow grease. I thought… OMG. That sounds like fun!
I immediately looked up future classes and found out the next one would be on the 17th. They call these classes “Do-It-Herself”, which I find sort of offensive. I’m not a total crazy feminist but seriously, I can figure my way through Home Depot without assistance and probably own more tools than my husband (sorry Erin). We don’t need pink power tools. We can do more than pick out pretty wallpaper. Change the name. The regular DIY workshops are things you would do around your house like tile work or things like that. These DIH classes are a little more crafty.
Annnyyyway, the next class was focused on making a Rustic Pumpkin Stand with a little box in front for flowers or candy. Um… awesome. I have a friend who is super great at woodwork but not a fan of crafting so I thought this might be the perfect fit for a little “Moms Night Out”. I’m not really experienced in power tools and things that can cut off your hand so I was a little nervous. I registered us for the class and I was super looking forward to making this adorable little stand to incorporate into P’s birthday party.
When we arrived, we checked in to figure out where we were supposed to go and it became very clear that they were not prepared for this class. We stood while the store manager tried to create some class out of thin air by gathering random associates. Another registered guest arrived and we made our way back to stand some more in the lumber area. I’m serious… they didn’t know what to do with us. The guy that was supposed to teach the class stood there and said, Ummm and what are we supposed to make?
While they sorted out that business, I decided to try and pick up a couple of things I needed from the store for another project. When I returned, they were basically finishing up cutting the wood they needed. That was definitely supposed to be a prep work task. Not a well, let’s look at the instructions and oh, it looks like we need to break down some fence posts.
The class was supposed to offer attendees the opportunity to build their own pumpkin stand using the tools provided. Given the fact that we were tucked back in a corner with 2 chairs and a random Home Depot flat cart as a work bench, this was not happening. So we watched at they put it together. Boy was it rough. They hadn’t practiced this so we were seeing all the trial and error process. Staples weren’t going through the boards all the way, customers kept interrupting the workshop with questions, and I’m pretty sure they were close to shooting staples into each other’s heads… it wasn’t a clean demo. And then the best part… as it’s constructed, one of the guys goes to lift it up and the entire thing falls apart. They skipped the wood glue part as “it wasn’t neccessary”. Clearly it was necessary.I had lost it at this point. It took every fiber of my being to remain nice while the instructors sheepishly picked up the pieces of the pumpkin stand. It was too much and I was over it. I literally couldn’t. Literally. Next, we watched as the guys tried to save the workshop by doing it the right way. They pulled out all the staples, remeasured items that were off and USED WOOD GLUE.
As hard as I’m being about the guys, it really wasn’t their fault. They were very sweet and really tried to show us a good time. They just weren’t prepared and didn’t know how to handle the class. Ultimately it was the management’s responsibility to make sure that their team is prepared. That did not happen. It was rough watching it all unfold. This was supposed to be a fun, relaxing evening from home and instead it was frustrating and exhausting.
Luckily, Chelsey has all the tools at her house so we just had them cut the materials and we plan to do the stands tomorrow. He gave us the wood materials for free since the class was such a shit show. Hopefully we learned a lot of what NOT to do so I can share the finished product soon!
ETA: this amazing picture showing how much fun we were having!