Published on April 6th, 2013 | by Jules IKEAHacker5
Besta gets floored
Materials: White Besta frames, 7″ wide oil finished wide plank engineered oak flooring, 1/16″ X 3/4″ hot rolled steel, 1 1/4″ finish nails, 6 170 degree overlay hinges, wood strips for french cleats.
Description: For our media storage in our studio, we wanted an industrial meets modern look that would go with our vintage fir floors. We had some leftover oak flooring from another room that worked perfectly for this.
1. First job was to figure out how to suspend unit on wall. For this I made french cleats using 3/4″ fir.
2. We had some 6′ lengths for flooring that we lined up to create 3 doors with continuous grain pattern. The planks were joined with biscuit joints and glue. (a lot of flooring comes 5/8″ thick, which would be easy to use by glueing to 1/8″ masonite), then cut to size.
3. The edge of the flooring was wrapped in
3/4″ X 1/16″ hot rolled steel. (You can get this steel from a metal supplier). I cut the lengths and mitered the corners using 1/8 grinding wheel on a chop saw. (could easily be done without mitering corners). I pre-drilled holes for finish nails. Glued and nailed to edge of flooring.
4. I used 170 degree spring loaded overlay surface mounted hinges. Ended up having them open down as doors were a bit heavy.
~ Michael, Seattle, WA