Over the years, I've bought and built a lot of IKEA products: chests of drawers, office tables, bedside stands, media centers, glassware cases, and so forth.
Once, to make a little money, I even hired myself out to build some bookcases for a busy friend.
IKEA, as you probably know, is a furniture-retailing-industry phenomenon; millions of people buy its products because they're generally inexpensive and easy to put together. Plus, they almost universally come with everything you need to get going.
Almost every time I've put together an IKEA product, I've wondered as I sifted through … Read more