Published on September 18th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


How to: Cut an Expedit down to 3X2

Materials: Expedit

Description: I needed an Expedit with 2 rows of 3 squares, but unfortunately it doesn’t exist! I read somewhere that it is possible to find it from different shops, but none of them is available in Italy, from where I am writing! So I decided to try to create it.

Step 1: Look at the component and don’t get discouraged!!

Step 2: take the two long components and cut them EXACTLY at 104 cm. I used directly a wood saw, but you need to pay much attention, otherwise the white covering will be ruined.

Step 3: I added a timber to reinforce the structure. In particular I put it in the middle of the upper panel. I don’t think it is necessary to add it also to the panel that is going to rest on the floor. The timber must have one dimension of 45 mm. Use a good glue for wood and keep the thin faces of the panel pressed

Step 4: If you have cut the panel EXACTLY at 104 cm, the lateral reinforcements visible in the panel section are long enough to screw the lateral panel on them. Therefore, mark them to find the centre for the hole: 18 mm from the lateral face and 25 mm (i.e. in the symmetry plane) from the other faces. Then drill the holes with a diameter of 6 mm.

Step 5: Assembly everything as Ikea suggests.

If you want, you can also screw an L-bracket that links the lateral panel to the added reinforcement (just in case..), but for the use I am going to do, it is not necessary!

I hope this little guide will be useful for someone else!
Goodbye hackers!!

~ Giorgio Bartolozzi, Prato, Italy


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10 Responses to How to: Cut an Expedit down to 3X2

  1. Jenny says:

    Has anyone tried this since the range changed to Kallax. I also need to reduce a unit but wonder if the structure inside the panels is difference since they changed the units?

  2. Andrew says:

    I d
    I’d this to make a 2×1 from a 2×2. It worked a treat. I didn’t bother to reinforce at step 3 because it was going short side down. I used a circular power saw because you get a good perpendicular cut that way. Going slowly it didn’t rip the surface too badly.

  3. Ais says:

    Looks fab! What is the width of the final product ?

  4. Kris says:

    Well done, I think I’m going to need a saw table. I never get these things straight with a hand saw !

  5. Cécile says:

    great how-to !
    many thanks, because I actually needed a 2×3 combination ! :)

  6. leo says:

    good job, Giorgio!

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