Im interested in peoples feedback towards current flat-pack furniture or D.I.Y products. Problems and annoyances with current methods of putting together these products, problems with materials and fixings used etc. Any problems regarding requiring tools that aren't provided or instructions being awful? On the other hand, has anybody had a great experience putting together anything flatpack or D.IY? (Eg: bookshelves, bedside tables, stools, BBQs, anything requiring assembly really)?
Any insight would be great!

Picture of DIY DISASTER?
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jeff-o7 years ago
I've never had any trouble assembling flatpack furniture, but then again I do have The Knack.  Plenty of other people I know have tons of trouble with it.  Perhaps it's because they can't link the 2D images to the 3D object they're building.  Maybe they over-think things or believe they are incapable of the task.

I should ask them sometime.

I suppose my biggest annoyance with furniture like this is that it tends to weaken over time.  Fasteners loosen a bit, the wood (or fiber board) sags, etc.  In general, this type of furniture just doesn't hold up as well as "traditionally built" furniture does.  To help combat this I like to add wood glue or extra fasteners in key areas.  For instance, on an IKEA dresser I glued together all of the drawers in addition to using the supplied fasteners.  They're still rock-solid.
Hmmm. I've never had any trouble assembling flatpack furniture, but then again I have The Touch.

The biggest problem is assuming that you've already put together one thing that your new purchase will go together the same way and you can figure it out without reading the manual.  Of course, you put the thing halfway together and realize you have to unscrew it apart because they threw in a step 6b and 6c...

I have since switched to putting in those metal connector posts and screws with my portable impact driver.  It prevents the carpal tunnel that you get from trying to screw all those connectors in.  A good set of T-handle allen-key wrenches helps. You do have to know when not to overtorque things.  And every once in a while, you do blow out a piece of compressed wood and its laminate outerlayer because you didn't align the screw post exactly straight or the wood chips got caught in there or you ended up trying the pound the dowel in because it didn't look deep enough.  A little glue and clamps fixes what you hope will not be a noticeable boo-boo.  I have had to glue a few dowel pieces together after I did lean on a piece not fastened down and had to improvise on a replacement dowel. They seem to pack it with the exact amount of hardware so you do have to be careful of not breaking or losing anything.

Putting together old style metal angle-iron shelving with a million nuts and bolts is just tedious.  The new slip-on metal tab quick assembly stuff is so much easier.  Most BBQs come mostly or partially assembled nowadays.

Great, now everyone is looking at me funny.
Kiteman jeff-o7 years ago
What do you mean, "now"?
jeff-o Kiteman7 years ago
Before they had bemused looks on their faces.  Now, funny.

I'll stop now before they reach "queasy."
 Don't worry. At least that Skywalker kid didn't have a chance to chime in...maybe DJ Radio will claim he has The Game or something...
Or maybe, Real Ultimate Power!

Ah, the internet in the early 00's.  So innocent.  So silly.
That's nothing, I simply think them together, but then again, I have The Power.
.  I have The Knack, also.
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