SurfingJeff wrote:I figured I'd drop in a quick review of one of the Martha Stewart flat files. I recently picked up this one:
http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Martha- ... 00/Outlet/
- It's the only "factory" flat file I've ever seen that comes with a glass top
- If you time it right with the appropriate coupons, it's almost cheaper than buying a used one. Mine came to $210 shipped
- Sitting in the corner of my living room, it's actually quite good looking (mine is in the brown wood finish)
- Assembling this thing was a giant pain in the ass. The precision of the cuts is not great, and you need quite a bit of elbow grease to get everything to fit. I actually snapped 3 of the shitty cam connectors that comes with it, and had to buy my own replacements from home depot (you might want to do this from the start, the home depot ones are MUCH better).
- The drawer runners are not nearly as nice as a good metal flat file. Getting the drawers inserted in the first place was a big pain, and they don't run that smoothly or lock that well.
- The interior of the drawers is a extremely tight for a 24" x 36" print with less 1/2" margin around each edge. I don't think you'd want to keep a big stack of 24" x 36" in here - getting them out would involve serious risk of edge damage.
Ultimately - it's that last point (drawers too small for 24"x36") that's the real killer. The arduous assembly and imperfect runners are tolerable, but if you collect anything in that size range, then this isn't going to work that well. Too bad - it really does look quite good for the price.
Snug but not flush
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earlgreytoast wrote:I've got a flat file that's been sitting under my deck for awhile now...I should get rid of it before the snow hits. It's a big one, fits 24" X 36" prints and all drawers in great working condition. $200. $250 if you'd like me to sand and re-paint in the color(s) of your choice. I live about an hour north of NYC in the mighty Hudson Valley.
Examples of ones I repainted:
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