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Published on October 21st, 2016 | by Contributor


Creating an extra-short Grundtal rail using a junior hacksaw and a bottle of wine

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The Grundtal kitchen organiser series is one of Ikea’s classic lines, a simple, modern and practical storage system with a ‘professional kitchen’ look. We’ve already got a couple of rails for pots and pans and I wanted to add another to a bit of wall next to our oven. Unfortunately the shortest Grundtal rail that IKEA sell (40cm) was about 15cm too long for wall I had in mind. I needed a modified extra-short version. Here is my way of customising the length of a Grundtal rail using a hacksaw and a bottle of wine.

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1 x 40cm Grundtal Rail (Article no: 002.135.39)
1 x Bottle of wine (with cork)
1 x 5mm Rawlplug
1 x Screw

Junior Hacksaw
Stanley Knife

Step 1: Use junior hacksaw to cut the rail down to the required length – this inevitably involves hacking off one of the threaded nuts used to secure the rail to a bracket.

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Step 2: Remove cork from your bottle of wine, drill a 6mm hole down the middle, and insert a 5mm rawlplug.

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Step 3: Using a knife, trim the cork evenly around the sides until you can squeeze it into the end of the rail.

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Step 4: Attach rail to the bracket using a 30mm screw into the ‘corked’ end of the rail.

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Step 5: Mount your extra-short Grundtal rail on the wall. Stand back, admire, drink bottle of wine.

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Despite its simplicity, I’m rather pleased with this IKEA hack. Not only has it elegantly solved my middle-class problem of where to store basil, but as an added bonus, the by-product is a full bottle of red wine. Cheers.

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~ by Tom Baughan

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6 Responses to Creating an extra-short Grundtal rail using a junior hacksaw and a bottle of wine

  1. Paul says:

    I like it. It looks so easy. But do the herbs remain fresh?

  2. Paul says:

    Hi, great job,
    To trim the diameter of the cork you can attach it to a drill and apply sandpaper.

  3. wertzui says:

    You can do this way easier without the Cork. The nut inside the tube can just be cranked out if you screw the end losely in and then “bend” it in all directions until the bit comes out. See

  4. Mandie YOUNG says:

    Definitely my kind of hack – cleverness, AND wine… Actually, this is going to be very useful in my new kitchen. Many thanks for sharing.

  5. Nikki says:

    Nice job!
    As I was reading this, I said out loud “I sure hope he’s going to drink that wine”.
    Thank you for doing what I was thinking!

  6. Tom Baughan says:

    Hi Jules. Thanks for sharing this on your site. Delighted to have achieved first IKEA hack!

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