Published on July 9th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Versatile Expedit Crafting Table

Materials: Expedit (3 of the 2×2 bookcases), pine boards, pine edging, MDF board, varnish

1. Build the three Expedit units as per IKEA instructions.
2. Cut a sheet of MDF to size for the table top: (2*Expedit Width)*(1*Expedit Width)+1″ all around. These proportions are important because they allow you ultimate versatility with the layout of the Expedit units once the table is complete. The extra inch is to allow a little wiggle room so that you don’t damage the units when you lift the table top on and off.

3. Nail pine boards to cover the MDF.
4. Add the pine edging along the four edges.
5. Sand the table thoroughly, softening the corners on all of the edges.
6. Arrange the Expedit units as you wish (H or C shape for example.)
7. Lay the table top on.
8. Stain and varnish as desired. We chose a walnut stain and high gloss varnish.

The table top isn’t secured to the Expedit units. It has a lip underneath it that fits snugly over the units to prevent it from slipping from side-to-side, while still allowing us to rearrange the units to suit. The beauty of this design is that you can flip the table top (we plan to cover the underneath with felt so that we can use it as a gaming table when flipped), and you can rearrange the Expedit units as you please. It works perfectly well with 2, 3, or 4 units, so as your needs change, so does your table.

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~ Lisa Healy, Ireland

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14 Responses to Versatile Expedit Crafting Table

  1. Deborah says:

    I love the way the top of the table came out. Is it completely smooth or are there crevices between the pine boards? If you filled the crevices, what did you use?

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Deborah says:

    Are there gaps between the boards. I love the look, but would want the table top to be smooth. Did you smooth it out in any way?

  3. Joanne says:

    This is just the perfect craft table, thank you for the idea.

    Is there enough space to put a chair or stool in the gap, or will it still be sturdy enough if the gap is just a little wider? Also, I’m considereing kitchen counter top, or are these too heavy?

    Much appreciated.

  4. Beaufort says:

    What a great idea!

  5. Michel says:

    That’s the project I want to do! Do you think only 2 Expedit 2×2 bookcase will be strong enough to support a MDF panel, 4′x6′x1″ as a table top? Because the MDF is real heavy. Thanks!

  6. Did you guys use 1×12 pine boards? I thought I would use 2x12s to go on top of the mdf, but I can’t find edgebanding thicker than 2″. Thanks in advance! Great project!

  7. tracy says:

    this is a great idea!

  8. Hi Jeremy,

    We created the lip by using a strip of pine for the edging that was deeper than the pine used for the table top. I don’t know the size used exactly.

    The table is extremely sturdy. But because we haven’t secured the units to the tabletop, we can move it around easily without casters. We just lift the table top off to the side, and then move the units as we need, before putting the table top back on.

  9. Jeremy says:

    Looks great! A couple of quick questions.

    How did you guys create the “lip” you’re referring to?
    Did you create the lip with the pine edging?
    What size pine edging did you use?
    How sturdy would you say this is? Pretty sturdy?

    I have an idea to do something similar to this, but put all of the units on locking casters so that I can move this around as needed. I’m just wondering how snug these pieces fit together under that lip. I may need to make some modifications to get this to work exactly as i envision it.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sean says:

      If you want to make it sturdier, I’d suggest putting sticky foam shelf liners on top of the expedit units to increase the friction between them and the top so you can roll everything around on the casters with no worries of things sliding in unwanted directions.

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  11. Thanks MacMama – yes, it’s brilliant for storage. Of course we’ve pretty much filled it already! :)

  12. MacMama says:

    Looks nice and lots of storage!

  13. Just one clarification the pine boards were screwed to the mdf not nailed in case anyone is doing this them selves :)

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