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We’re not trying to brag, but we never encountered the frustration with assembling IKEA furniture that everyone complains about. Part of the attraction of IKEA was the sense of accomplishment we had after our bed/bookshelf/desk/table was finally put together. Evidently we’re in the minority though, because IKEA is introducing the wedge dowel, a new joint type that makes putting their furniture together much easier. With the new joint, their wooden pieces won’t require any screws or bolts and their associated tools. Instead, the ribbed joints simply snap together, allowing them to be disassembled and reassembled without any loss in stability or quality. This is meant to fit with modern lifestyles, allowing people to move and not need to worry about breaking or losing pieces. Though this is where things got a little weird, since IKEA’s range and supply manager, Jesper Brodin, specifically cited divorce rates. We’re not sure if that’s out of context or what, but we can think of a half dozen other examples that don’t have an inherent ax to grind. Also, if you’re getting kicked out of the house during a divorce, is your table the thing you’re worried about? Whatever reason you’re moving, the new joint should make things just a little bit easier.

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[Shop]  Just like the stash boxes that lined your father’s workbench back in the day, these metal vessels are ideal for all sorts of loose necessities. The two cases—the smaller one is nestled inside the larger one—are both made of durable stamped steel and offer simple, attractive storage for EDC gear, loose nuts and bolts, or anything you’d normally toss in your kitchen junk drawer. Each set is made in Italy and comes in a stealth color exclusive to Cool Material. For all the valuable knickknacks strewn around the house or tossed haphazardly on your workbench, these boxes are ready to placate your inner organizational fiend.