No more Ikea ! - A wall of built-in cupboards and drawers

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Project by Haileyshule posted 08-07-2014 02:32 PM 1229 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my quest to create an Ikea free home the horrible white painted Ikea cupboards and drawers were highest on my hit list. They had to go. I couldn’t stand them anymore !
The replacements I built with birch veneered MDF carcases and solid birch faceframes with mitred beadings. The drawers are constructed with half-blind dovetails and slide on traditional runners and kickers (oak) whilst the computer shelf slides on modern drawer runners and is a torsion box construction with solid core skinned in 6mm veneered MDF. All the doors were routed using a cope and stick set and a large panel raiser.
I stained the carcases with a light oak stain that better matched the “real” birch then finished everything with 3 coats of Danish oil followed by wax buffed to a high gloss sheen.
The door/drawer knobs are solid bronze and the door hinges are brass (from Brusso).

-- Mark, Oslo, Norway (ex London, UK)

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#1 posted 08-07-2014 02:43 PM

Nice job, looks great. I dislike Ikea furniture myself.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 08-07-2014 02:47 PM

Wow! Awesome job Mark. Excellent job on the drawers. Well done.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-07-2014 03:11 PM

Ikea is ruining all craftsmanship in europe, keep up the good work

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 08-07-2014 10:17 PM

Great job on the cabinets!! Yours will last a whole lot longer than Ikea!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 01:23 PM

Very nice, I’ve been commissioned to build something similar. You have some great ideas built in to that.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 08-08-2014 02:09 PM

Ikea furniture is ok, if you don’t touch it, open the drawers, doors etc., etc., etc.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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