Bekvam IKEA+SP3-733674

Published on January 21st, 2013 | by Jules Yap



Materials: BEKVAM Stool, PEXTO blacksmiths stake plate, electric drill, w 1/4″ countersink bit, Electric Sabersaw w wood blade, 1/4″x2″ carriage bolts & washers (x3)

Description: Creating a solid, yet portable base for anvils and stakeplates is a difficult challenge. Making those look *good* is even harder to solve, so while this IKEA-Hack is actually commonplace among blacksmiths, ferriers, metal-artisans and the renaissance re-enactor crowd, it’s going to seem a little ‘niche’ for the rest of us.

1. Procure and assemble a BEKVAM Step Stool from IKEA (Article Number: 601.788.87).

2. Take your handy household stake-plate (PEXTO is a good brand) and lay it on the top of the bench. Measure and mark the holes.

3. Since the pre-cut hand hole in the top of the BEKVAM is a great starting place, use that as a starting point for cutting out the two major hardy holes using a saber saw. I tried hard to ‘color within the lines’ when cutting so the stake-plate would fit snugly into the enlarged holes with no rattling around. This will matter a lot later when you are pounding out armor or horsehoes.

4. Drill the three bolt holes using a 1″4 countersink bit.

5. Drop in the stake-plate – sand, file or dremel the holes until it fits, then drop in the 1/4″ bolts with the washers and nuts on the bottom. Tighten until veins pop out on your arms or the wook creaks.

6. Go make something!

~ Michael Steele, Austin, Texas

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

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