Ok. I must be a wimp. I went out and bought a cordless drill yesterday rather than assemble that third Bonde bookcase completely by hand. With almost 70 screws to tighten on just that one case, I did not want to spend another hour with a ratcheting screwdriver in hand.
Of course, the way I really rationalized the purchase has to do with where that bookcase is installed: two of the bookcases sit against a wall in our computer room. There is an outlet and a light switch on that wall, both which are now obscured by the bookcases. To protect access to the switch and the low profile plug in the outlet, I used some blocks on back of the cases that prevent them from being pushed flush against the wall. This required that some pilot holes be drilled to prevent cracking and splitting of wood. That required a drill... or a least so I told myself.
Of course, drill buying turns out to be a tricky business. I ended up buying an 18 volt cordless drill from a well known tool manufacturer. I saw an 19.5 volt cordless drill by another maker (one more associated in my mind with motorcycles than hand tools) that was about a third the price, but I discovered in the fine print that the case contained lead. The fine print recommended washing hands after using the drill. Sorry... no thanks.
Well, great. I just checked Conusmer Reports. The review of my drill starts with "there are better choices". *sigh* I should not have looked this particular horse in the mouth. I guess I will buy another drill before I buy a house and build an addition on the back. At least I'm not a wimp for wanting to do that.
on 2006-09-19 at 9:53 p.m.
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