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Published on June 18th, 2008 | by Jules IKEAHacker


Cut corners for a corner desk

Okay, I get it right this time. This one definitely is an Ivar! Dave builds a corner desk by modifying the 30″ corner shelves that normally go with the 20″ side rails to attach to the 12″ side rails.

corner computer desk
Here’s what Dave did.

1. Start with the 30″x30″x20″ shelf (Ikea part 737.637.09). My 89″-tall unit has four identical shelves above the desk – adjust to your needs.

corner computer desk
2. Flip the shelf over and remove the stiffener (shown below as the dark vertical line).

3. Mark off a diagonal line beginning 11-1/8 from the back of the sides of the shelf:

corner computer desk
4. Carefully remove the metal support channels from the sides of the shelf where the cuts will be made to avoid damaging the tabs that hold them in place, or cracking the thin rabbeted edge of the shelf.

5. Make the cut and, using a router, plane, file, sandpaper, or cornering tool, round off or chamfer the fresh-cut edge.

6. Using the cut-off piece as a template, restore the notches to accommodate the 12″ side rails:

corner computer desk
7. Cut and file the edges of the metal support to match the rounded ends of the original equipment and re-attach them.

8. Drill and countersink a new screw hole about 3-1/2 inches from one end of the stiffener.

9. Trim about 2-1/4 inches from the same end of the stiffener and re-attach it to the bottom of the shelf.

10. Finish – or not – as you see fit, and enjoy!

(If you look at the picture of my finished project, you may notice that I didn’t complete steps 8 and 9 – I just reattached the stiffeners and left it for later.)


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7 Responses to Cut corners for a corner desk

  1. Aaron says:

    HAHA! that is definitely Ivar!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Frankly, I don’t know why Ikea doesn’t sell this piece so that people can have an Ivar corner desk.

  3. Jules says:

    anon, the corner unit is still available. click here.

  4. Anonymous says:

    lol @ buenos notches!

  5. Hugh says:

    “buenos notches” actually made me snort. Well played, sir!

  6. Dave says:

    I completely forgot about putting that on the image. I even made myself snort.

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