My DIY Ramen Store
Thank you all for the overwhelming support over my past few posts. Your encouragement has indeed motivated me to continue sharing bits and pieces of my bitter encounter.
In contrary to my previous bleak stories, I would like to share something outlandish – my recent creation of a Ramen Store! I got this peculiar DIY kit as a souvenir all the way from Japan. Each and every single materials in the kit are so delicate and the process of building up the store was so hands-on and detailed.
Imagine transforming the former raw materials into the latter finished product as follows:
Do you think you have the patience to complete this mini project?
First of all, the set of instructions are all in Japanese. This language is so alien to me, whereby i can only roughly read the portions in Kanji (Chinese characters). However, my younger brother, whom had gone through basic elementary course in Japanese language as an elective in school was somewhat handy. I consulted his advice and guidance when facing dead ends. He can fluently read the Japanese words, just like a pro, but translating into English, his brief summary was “Follow the diagram as below”. As if this sentence is of any use in helping me, whereby i can comprehend the diagram well enough by myself. However, in the beginning phases, he did go through the initial steps, brainstorming with me during the construction process.
Look at this. The first two pages were still manageable, but the third one, I totally have no idea what they are trying to say. What i could do was to follow as closely as the picture as possible.
One of the greatest challenges was to form the window panels. The given products were just planks of wood. Using 4 long planks to come out with the windows, you will have to cut the pieces into relevant sizes and join them all together into the shape as below, 4 long planks into 16 tiny trimmed pieces for one panel.
The accuracy of each individual length must be precise, and all the measurements were given in millimeters, If the sizes are out, it would be difficult to connect the pieces together. Spent almost quarter of a day doing this alone, Tried my best, not too bad huh?
Another challenge was that of making the menu board on the bottom right to stand as it is, Folding the Styrofoam into half was difficult enough, but making it to stick to the base was even more strenuous. I spent about 10-15 minutes holding the board in place while waiting for the glue underneath to dry.
Lastly, the easy one was to make the tiny little pillows on the bench. They were just Styrofoams wrapped with the provided cloth, that’s it, as simple as that!
Ta-Daaaaaa! Here you go! A Ramen Store! I’m pretty contented with the final results.