Why buy it when you can make it! #32: Ribba must be short for Ribbaff

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Blog entry by paxorion posted 01-19-2015 08:02 PM 2458 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 10:47 PM

When you shop at a store, you are paying for someone else’s labor. If you can do it yourself, so much the better. When asked; “why do you make it? the answer is because I can.

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 01:09 AM

I was in the same exact boat. I saw the price and decided to make my own from some 1/2” ply. I tried MDF but I thought it was a little too heavy. I painted it black and I couldn’t be happier. Good job!

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