IKEA bed to Umbrella Stand

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Project by Jim posted 03-30-2015 05:07 PM 1768 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started out as my daughters old IKEA bed, the stack of wood is shown in the photos. We bought her a new bed and when I took it apart, I had all this knotty pine. I couldn’t bear to throw it away so I wondered what I could do with it. The problem was that the wood has all the dowel and bolt attachment holes drilled in it. My wife Shari had been asking for an umbrella stand. A project was born. I was able to get all the parts out of the old knotty pine bed parts but in a couple cases some of the bolt holes couldn’t be avoided. I ended up turning a dowel from walnut on my lathe and plugging the holes with this contrasting wood. Unless you get close they actually look like just another knot. It was a fun little project.

Special thanks to Colin Knecht over at WoodWorkWeb who came up with the original design and project idea.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 05:10 PM

I found a IKEA desk in a dumpster at college. It was solid pine and one of the corner desk. it was missing two pieces so i made them quickly (this is before i was into woodworking). After college now and i still have the desk because i cant throw away the lumber. its just a big panel that i rather not have to glue up when i need it.


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#2 posted 03-30-2015 08:33 PM

Nice work and good use of an increasingly ubiquitous resource, old Ikea stuff. The Baltic Pine in the job has a history in Australia as flooring and as a secondary timber in furniture. The small knots have a special charm for me. Our big box stores now stock 90mm x 45mm and 75mm x 35mm at construction timber prices.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 11:45 PM

Love he walnut plug idea.
One of those if you hadn’t said anything no one would have noticed.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#4 posted 03-31-2015 12:32 AM

Awesome looking piece

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 03-31-2015 01:25 AM

Great job of recycling! I love it!!

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

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#6 posted 03-31-2015 05:42 AM

Nice job.

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