I have a hunch the former style will have a Much longer lifetime. I've
repaired/maintained a few tables, and I think the new design is (1) Not
as strong and (2) More difficult to repair. I suspect that the
"mortise" is the weak spot---partcularly if it's cut in particle board.
By the way, don't underlook "duct tape" as a possible repair
medium--assuming no one looks under your tables. PDAMHIKT.
The linked article
shows that the design is move away from particle board, using solid wood
frames in a torsion box construction. The "wavy" mortise & tenon would
never hold up in particle board.
It's not intended to be. Engineering is about design for an intended purpose.
These tables are intended to be inexpensive to buy and replace, rarely to fix.
They are not heirlooms. For many people, they're the first piece of new
"furniture" they buy on their way up the economic food chain.
FWIW, I also buy the occasional tool at HF if I don't need to use it
in heavy duty or continuous application...
On Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:43:29 -0800, Electric Comet
Need a box for the 3D printer I'm building. Using an $8 IKEA end/side
table as the structure and will add hinged plexiglas sides (for access
& visibility). Basically, I'm making a cube with no bottom.
I get precut and finished pieces that create a (mostly) square frame
that's the correct size - and for less than the lumber and paint would
cost. Durabililty? Unless I drop the table, it should survive well.
The only weight on the table will be the filament spools (about 1kg
Cheap? Yes. Ugly? Probably. OK for sitting on the workbench?
I figure the later.
My ex taught me about antiques.
Costly? Yes. Worth it? Yes.
Anecdote: Went to the closest Ikea to see what all the hub-bub was.
Found early CFL light-bulbs for 1/3rd what HD was charging. Then,
after going thru their "maze", was dumped at the gardening/return
section, jes before the exit door. Got to see all the returned junk
and why it had been returned. Scary!
I quit shopping at Ikea. ;)
On Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:04:32 AM UTC-5, notbob wrote:
Even if their light bulbs were 1/3 what HD was charging? Why not just
go there for the stuff that you would buy - but pay more for - someplace
I buy lots of consumables (vinyl/nitrile gloves, zip-ties, etc.) at Harbor
Freight because they are cheaper there than anywhere else. All it takes
is a little discipline to avoid buying the stuff that sucks.
Actually, I did. I came back (with a friend) and purchased a hanging
kitchen rack. Again, 1/3rd of what everone else was charging.
OTOH, I looked at a Captain's bed for my daughter. You know, a single
bed with under bed storage drawers? I looked closely. All
fiberboard! Jes like Levitz! Nevermind. ;)
I hadda huge fiberboard bookcase. You know, the kind with the lead
slug inserts, in which to attach the fasteners. Lasted forever
....until I moved. It disintergrated upon disassembly and I tossed it
in the dumpster.
On Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:50:46 AM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
My daughter bought one of those flat-pack WallyWorld book cases for her dorm
room. I assembled it and stood it against wall when she first moved in.
2 years later she got an off-campus apartment. Now, I'm pretty good at
packing my trailer to keep the contents safe. God knows I've done it
enough times. We loaded everything in, strapped it all down and off we
I drove 3 miles to her apartment, opened the trailer, took out the
pieces of the busted up book case and put them by the dumpster. It sure
doesn't take stress much to blow those fasteners right out of the
fiber board. A few bumps and it was toast.
On Friday, January 13, 2017 at 8:43:23 AM UTC-5, Scott Lurndal wrote:
Feel free, but not me.
Since disassembly requires reassembly, had I know it was going to fall
apart I would have left it in the dorm room and spent the $28 it would
have cost for a new one, all boxed up nice and neat and easy to carry.
Which, BTW, I ended up doing anyway.
Easier transport, no disassembly effort (think about the cardboard back
with the 400 tiny nails holding it on), time saved, etc. If you've ever
moved a college student out of dorm room at the end of a semester, you know
that the last thing you want to do is waste time taking apart a cheap bookcase, packing it all up, carrying the pieces out and in, etc. No
thanks! Not for $28.
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