Saving a dinged-up As-is KALLAX with bamboo

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.

Saving a dinged-up IKEA As-is KALLAX with bamboo

To cover the problem, I decided to make a bamboo top for the KALLAX:

Saving a dinged-up IKEA As-is KALLAX with bamboo

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
  • BEHANDLA
  • Table saw
  • Trim router
  • Sandpaper
  • Glue
  • Clamps

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.

Saving a dinged-up IKEA As-is KALLAX with bamboo

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.

Saving a dinged-up IKEA As-is KALLAX with bamboo

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.

Saving a dinged-up IKEA As-is KALLAX with bamboo

I have an extra hole because I got mixed up on where to drill. No problem. Once turned over, it won’t show. <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72×72/1f604.png&quot; alt="

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