IKEA Ekby Shelves in 3D – Tutorial

After having put up some IKEA Ekby Ståtlig shelves in my bathroom I found myself with some shelf leftovers…

I didn´t really know what to do with them…I felt it would be a shame to throw the nice bits of solid birch wood. As the Ekby Ståtlig shelves (I had the 28cm´119cm ones) are pretty pricey (for being IKEA) I wanted to make something out of them…

D.I.Y 5-step tutorial – The Ekby Ståtlig CUBE

This is what I came up with – a cube!

Follow me through the steps to see how I did it! I don´t normally have access to a workshop, but recently I had the chance to work with some great tools while I attended a carpenting course!

1. Firstly, Get some clean cuts with a little help from the circular saw…Choose the dimensions of the cube to suit your needs for your place. I opted for a tall, rectangular shape (approx 35cm wide and 60cm high, meaning I used about 1,5 Ekby Ståtlig in total, the one that´s 28cm´119cm)

2. Use a genius tool called a Biscuit Jointer, ideal for angled 90° joints. The jointer has a rotating blade that cuts curved slots into the material. It´s essential that mating edges are planed straight for a tight joint.

3. The biscuits will expand when in contact with fluids. This quality makes it ideal for jointing. Add some white water-based glue (intended for wood) on both mating sides of the biscuit.

4. Lastly, clamp it up! The cube will be ready for action after 20 minutes or so.

5. The finished 3D version of the Ekby Shelf, a solid cube structure which goes pretty much anywhere in the house. Use it as a side table, a stool, a shelf, or anything that´s needed at your place!


Good Luck with your Ekby Ståtlig Hacks!

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