I bought a display model KALLAX from the IKEA As-is room. I didn’t notice until later that the plastic sleeve that held descriptive info had removed the top surface finish.
To cover the problem, I decided to make a bamboo top for the KALLAX:
What I used to save my IKEA As-is KALLAX:
- 2×2 KALLAX (from IKEA As-is department)
- KALLAX Caster wheels
- APTITLIG bamboo chopping boards
- Table saw
- Trim router
I divided the area to be covered by three and cut down the three cutting boards so that they would fit over the top, making fresh cuts on all 4 edges to ensure a good gluing surface.
They were glued together, sanded, and the edges eased with a trim router. This could be done with sandpaper instead. I also treated the bamboo with 3 coats of BEHANDLA.
To ensure that the bamboo top wouldn’t slide around on the KALLAX, I drilled and countersunk holes in the bamboo and at matching spots on the KALLAX. Then, I inserted shelf pins in the holes and set the bamboo on top.
I have an extra hole because I got mixed up on where to drill. No problem. Once turned over, it won’t show. 😄
I did this to cover up the marks on my IKEA As-is KALLAX but it’ll look great on a regular KALLAX if you love the contrast of white particleboard against bamboo.
~ by Valerie, Detroit, Michigan
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