The night before my trip to IKEA this past weekend, my wife asked me to pick up a few RIBBA picture ledges for my son’s room.
At first I said “sure”, until I saw the price. Sticker-shock is an understatement as we both agreed that the shelf is nothing short of a ribb-aff (rip-off). For $10 (the cost per shelf), I’m convinced I could make more than she 4 shelves that was requested.
When I was IKEA, I scouted out this RIBBA shelf and found that it was just 3 pieces of “IKEA-wood” mitered together. After taking a few measurements, I decided I would make them out of scrap MDF. So today, I got to work cutting the parts and gluing them up. I made a total of 5 of them with scrap material. If I were to price the material out, I’d say it cost at most $9. Another hour before the glue sets enough for me to sand them down.
My wife mentioned that she was surprised I agreed to take on this project, but suspects that I was willing to take it on because it helps me use up material so that I can clear up room for more wood. I added that it makes me happy when I can say I “ran” out of clamps.