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paxorion

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10-06-2014 07:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: joinery humor

Interesting poll from Tom Iovino…I’m all for tools to make life easier, but there’s always pros and cons for any ways to speed things up.

http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/articles/poll-shortcut-joinery-and-real-woodworking/

As for “innovation” speed of assembly usually comes with a degree of compromise. However, substituting substance with air and “fancy” dowel connectors is not my idea of innovation/improvement.
http://bgr.com/2014/10/03/ikea-how-to-build/

-- paxorion


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#1 posted 10-06-2014 07:25 PM

Ikea’s new dowel connector is clever, I’ll give them that, but I don’t see it holding up well to abuse that some pieces (like a coffee table for people with kids) get.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 10-06-2014 07:29 PM

So their crappy furniture that falls apart is going to be even more crappy now.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 10-06-2014 07:33 PM

Someday, maybe Ikea shoppers will know to use wood glue? http://lifehacker.com/shore-up-ikea-furniture-with-wood-glue-1630837067

But they’ll probably be the same folks that form the control set for this Ikea furniture relationship test: http://www.dailydot.com/lol/ikea-furniture-couples-race/

-- paxorion

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#4 posted 10-06-2014 07:35 PM



Ikea s new dowel connector is clever, I ll give them that, but I don t see it holding up well to abuse that some pieces (like a coffee table for people with kids) get.

- BinghamtonEd

They’re creating ammo to for scenarios like this:

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#5 posted 10-06-2014 08:56 PM

I’ve always admired Ikea for their design concepts and affordability, and I bought a lot of it in a previous life. However, as mentioned, their durability has been sometimes laughable. Using wood glue is a great idea, but wood pulp furniture is wood pulp furniture.

It seems like our culture is so fashion conscious that many people would rather buy a new $250 dresser every 5 years versus a $1000 dresser that would last for 20.

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#6 posted 10-06-2014 09:04 PM

The joints breaking isn’t necessarily the problem. It’s the fact that it’s fake veneer over particleboard that splits and separates. The whole thing is trash, not just the joints. I know, I’ve got plenty of it in the bedroom from my wife. That’s all being replaced piece by piece.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#7 posted 10-07-2014 06:53 AM

Just think: in a hundred years, Ikea furniture will be in the antique category. If compressed sawdust can last that long.

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#8 posted 10-07-2014 11:54 AM

I wonder if that bit and the dowels will be made available to us wood workers? I wouldn’t mind playing around with it.

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#9 posted 10-07-2014 12:28 PM



It seems like our culture is so fashion conscious that many people would rather buy a new $250 dresser every 5 years versus a $1000 dresser that would last for 20.
- endgrainy

They’re not paying for the cheap furniture, they’re paying for the experience of having to put it together themselves, while their significant other sits on the couch and says “That doesn’t look like the picture on the box. Are you sure you’re doing it right?”

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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