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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Mandy Han
I built my first IKEA shelf today. And I did it with my $5 orange plastic case of IKEA tools. I feel so accomplished. How about a soufflé for my next feat? The prospect of becoming remade, at this advanced age, into a capable someone leaves me breathless. Maybe I should start reading Silver Surfer comics. . .

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e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: June 10th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You mean you actually paid for the Ikea tools?! Aren't they supposed to come with whatever you buy, or are yours some sort of deluxe model? No wonder you feel accomplished. (Said with note of joking sarcasm)
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: June 10th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah! I thought all Ikea things were put together with just a hex wrench, that came inside the box with the instructions. Maybe his orange kit is one of the fancy ratcheting hex wrenches!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 11th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Interchangeable-head screwdriver, pliers, monkey wrench = $5.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: June 11th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's a bargain, particularly if they come with a case to keep them all in the same spot. Migrating tools was a problem in our house, until we each finally got each our *own* drill, electric screwdriver, wrench sets, hammers, tape measures, etc. etc. The only things we have in the singular are a circular saw (technically Jim's), a jigsaw (technically the house's, but more mine ever since I left it out in the rain) and my air compressor/nail gun. Larry and Helen bought me my own giant tool bag and tool apron with pockets a couple of years ago for Christmas and most of my small stuff hides in there, and no one is allowed to go near it but me!

I <3 tools.

This month I intend to tackle making an elaborate bookcase headboard with built in lights and shelves and cupboards and partially covered in pressed tin. We've never actually had "real" bedroom furniture, in all these years, because the prices for bedroom furniture freak me out like no other furniture for some reason. I mean, I'm still a tank-tops-in-a-milk-crate-on-the-closet-shelf type of gal, because I'm even appalled at thrift store dresser prices. So, now that I've got those home depot certificates, I'm finally going to build our own, starting with the headboard.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 11th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Five dollars really isn't so bad. They do come with what you need. But the toolkit is better.
kumaraka From: kumaraka Date: June 11th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Seems like Ikea is part of that whole individualization and portability trend.. Ikea seems to prosper because the mix-n-match nature of their vast selection. Things there are cheaper and more temporary, like clothes, so they become vehicles of rebirth. The more choice we have, the more credit we give ourselves for our unique choices. It's like starbucks and even like the Ipod playlists you were talking about. Hm.
bitterlawngnome From: bitterlawngnome Date: June 11th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sometimes I wonder if our mission in life is to become the opposite of what we started with. I have recently been learning the powerful feeling of fixing things with a nail-file and bent paperclip.
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