I just bought a desk at Target. I needed something not special, but not complete crap. It’s actually a nice looking desk. I bought the matching bookcase as well. Between the desk and the bookshelf, there were about 32 screws.
Each and every single freaking one required the use of an Allen wrench. My fingers are killing me! I hate Allen wrenches. If I ever meet Allen, I’m going to give him a piece of my mind!
I am CONVINCED that Allen wrenches were thought up by some guy (presumably named Allen, because a female would A) never make a tool so annoying, and B) wouldn’t name a tool after herself) who was a carpenter and figured out that if a tool and subsequent hardware were so difficult and annoying, that people would continue to use carpenters to make custom furniture so they wouldn’t have to use the tiny, itty bitty L shaped wrench. It worked for me.
Allen wrenches are the sole reason that I will not buy anything from IKEA. I have a friend who bought her kitchen cabinets there…they had to assemble an entire kitchen with an Allen wrench.
WHY hasn’t someone invented an electric Allen wrench???