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Published on February 19th, 2014 | by cipollina

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Siamese RAST Twins





Having been inspired by many other RAST hacks we proudly present our own!

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Materials:

- 2 RAST chest of drawer

- 3 BESTA push openers sets

- 2 pine wood boards (1225 x 300 x 18 mm)

- 1 pine wood beam (888 x 50 x 50 mm)

- 2 brackets (50 x 30 mm)

- 3 screws (90mm) to attach beam to wall

- 4 screws (50cm) to attach vertical boards to base board

- 4 screws (30mm) to attach top board to wall and base board to beam

- 4 screws (10mm) to attach brackets to top board

Instructions:

1. Fill drill holes of drawers with wood filler, sand down drawer fronts and boards
2. Saw off the top 20mm and bottom 92mm of three side panels (vertical boards)

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3. Drill through the holes of one vertical board (it will be the one in the middle)

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4. Shorten the knobs of three drawer runners by a few millimeters with a kitchen knife

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5. Drill base board to the three vertical boards and attach the drawer runners

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6. Attach the top board with bolts

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7. It turned out that the top and base board are not exactly 300mm wide, so we planed and sanded it to match the vertical boards

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8. Drill 3 holes in wall and attach supporting beam

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9. Place chest of drawers on the beam, attach it with short screws
10. Attach top board to wall

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11. Attach BESTA push openers

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12. Insert the drawers and admire your work

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We plan to paint our RAST twins (to cover the filled knob holes), but we couldn’t decide on the colour yet… Any suggestions?

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7 Responses to Siamese RAST Twins

  1. DTELEKI says:

    Depending on your decorating scheme and on your taste, any of the following could look quite handsome: white, black, cobalt blue, royal blue, wood stain that matches the wood of the floor. Also consider: frame one color, drawer faces another color, e.g., white frame with wood-stain drawer faces. Also consider: gloss finish vs. matte.

  2. Valeale says:

    Hi very nice hack, I’m going to build on my own at the weekend.

    Quick q regarding the shopping list:
    - 2 brackets (50 x 30 mm) are these brackets included?

    Regarding the build process:
    - In step 2 you describe to saw the 92mm which makes sense but in step 5 it looks like there is still the 92mm overhead. Have you cut it later on?

  3. I might suggest staining instead of painting, all that wood grain would look great with a cherry stain or mahogany if the decor is right.

  4. Cipollina says:

    Thanks for the tips DTELEKI!

    VALEALE: the brackets are not included. And you’re right, we didn’t cut the side panels first (in step 3 they’re not cut yet). But in step 5 it’s the bottom board that doesn’t have the right length yet (we bought a 2m board).

    • Valeale says:

      I already built it and it looks brilliant, thanks!

      If you want to make it a bit easier for everyone who wants to build it as well you could describe how to fix the crossbars at the back of the drawer, especially the middle peace. once you have one fixed it is hard to fix the second one. I did it but I’m not proud of it (pretty shitty). Anyhow it looks great though.

      Beside that I would use the double amount of push openers to keep the drawer balance.

      One question: Do you have stopper at the end of the drawers the are quite short and from time to time I pull them out of the dresser.

      To avoid the beautiful IKEA 80s look which will happen when the sun shines on to the dresser for some time I use transparent varnish because I like the color of the wood.

      Thank you so much for this hack.

  5. sophanara says:

    amazing hack and so beautiful! wanna make the same but for one rast only. thanks for the idea and keep on the good work

  6. Tupppi says:

    Very nice! I think you have achieved maximum effect for the effort. Paint it out: make it the same colour as the wall. I would love that. Or maybe the same colour in a high gloss. Or paint the frame the same as the wall and make the drawers a different colour or cover the drawer fronts with fabric (there’s a Martha Stewart video on it). I’m sure it will look great whatever you do.

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