Published on May 6th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


4 Bennos, not quite enough space

Materials: Benno, router, drill, wood dowels

Description: We recently moved, and the spot we wanted to put our 4 Benno towers to put our DVD’s on was about an inch too small.

After coming up with many terrible ideas, trying to figure out a different place to put the shelves, and checking this site for ideas, I decided to just take two of the shelves, and have them share one of the side panels.

All I had to do was flip over one of the panels & using a router, made a groove for the backing. Then I drilled through the peg holes so that I can put shelf pegs on both sides. (That was the tough part, as the board splintered when the drill punched through.)

Then I drilled some holes to add wooden dowels & wood glue to keep it together and stable.

~ James, Southern California

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to 4 Bennos, not quite enough space

  1. Claudia says:

    I have done something similar with the Benno system, to create more space. I’ll see if I can upload my hack as well…

  2. wkrick says:

    How do the top/bottom pieces attach to the shared center piece?

    Is that what the wooden dowels and wood glue comment is referring to?

  3. Jordan says:

    I was cutting some ikea stuff and the venir kept splintering. I cut one with the blue film still on it and it didn’t splinter. So the next time I just put some transparent packing tape over it and it didn’t splinter any more. yay!

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you put a piece of wood, e.g. a board, under the place you want to drill through, the veneer will not splinter and the hole will be nice and clean.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Smart idea. I like the benno’s and need at least 3 for my place but hate how separate units have the space between them. I forsee combining together however many I get this way.

    And as far as splintering goes, use tape to help reduce it when you drill and cut.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or lay the board you want to drill flat on another board that will be damaged and take many random holes (I think it’s called a martyr).

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nice, neat hack

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