A 3D Printer framework never looked so good

Printtable: 3D Printer DIY framework

The field of 3D printing has gone through quite a bit of development but sadly, the 3D Printer DIY framework kits weren’t keeping up. Wayne’s project of using the LACK tables to create a framework for large format 3D printers could be the spark to change all that.

Back story was Wayne purchased his first 3D Printer, a BitsFromBite’s (BFB) 3D Touch in 2011 and plonked it on a trusty LACK side table. His printing set-up progressed with time and the LACK table continued supporting the many evolutions, with no obvious signs of wear or distortion. That’s when the proverbial lightbulb went on to create a framework, whose core is readily accessible worldwide.

Printtable: 3D Printer DIY framework

The frame is made out of 2 LACK side tables and a very long list of materials, many which can be printed right off your printer. You can see them and the tutorial on this superb instructable.

See a video of its construction of it here.

And a video of it up close.


More information on printtable.com and step by step tutorial here.

~ by Wayne Mason-Drust

Photo credit: Printtable.com

Thanks Jack for the lead!

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A music wardrobe

Stolmen as CD storage

In loving memory of IKEA Stolmen (which is no longer available in Italy, damn!).

In a few words, we had this Marcello’s cd collection, little space and little money.

Stolmen as CD storage

Stolmen as CD storage

We used five posts and dozens of clothes rails. There are three hooks for the headphones. The structure is very close to the wall (about 5 cm). No shelves were used. CDs are leaning against the wall.

Stolmen as CD storage

~ by Daniela

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IKEA Byås retro hack

IKEA Byås retro hack 2

IKEA items used:
Byås media unit, 4 brushed chrome feet, 1 plain foot, 2 shell handles


I really liked the space within Byås, and simplicity of the design, however with the bottom ‘plinth’ and cheap white pull tab handles it was too modern and clinical. I left the entire plinth assembly off, adding in the retro style chrome feet 25mm from each edge. The cabinet looked slightly bowed under its own weight, so I purchased a plain tubular supporting leg to go in the middle towards the back.

IKEA Byås retro hack 3

Finally I used masking tape to cover where the handles would go, and measured/marked screw holes onto the tape so they could be drilled through. A simple, but effective hack to tone down the modern look of the cabinet!

~ by Lloyd Murray

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Stråla-Tross Star Chandelier

Stråla-Tross Star Chandelier

IKEA items used:

  • 3 x STRÅLA Star Pendant Lamp Shades (White: 703.325.34, Brown: 903.325.33 or Red: 703.325.48) (£11-£16, but currently on offer plus IKEA family discount)
  • 3 x STRÅLA cord sets (203.330.79) (£3 each)
  • 1 x TROSS 3-spot ceiling track (602.626.59) (£6 each)
  • 3 x LEDARE candle-shaped opal dimmable E14 bulbs (can’t find on website) – could use any similar bulb

We bought one of these Star Lamp shades in white for our new nursery, but when I investigated getting a smart dimmer switch it became apparent that one LED lamp wouldn’t give enough load for it to work. Also I thought that the light wouldn’t be bright enough to light the room. In the shop these lamps are often seen hanging in clusters so I came up with this hack to neatly provide a similar effect at home!

Remove the lamp holders from the TROSS ceiling track:
– First remove the small grub screws either using a small Allen key or a pair of pliers.
– Then unscrew each lamp holder – this can be quite tough but a bit of force should get them to unscrew. I removed the inner screws so that the ceramic lamp holder can spin without twisting the cable up.
– Unwire the lamp holder’s cords so that you can pull them out – I tied some string to the outer two cords before pulling the lamp holders off completely so that I could pull the new cord back through.

Cut off the switch and plug end of the STRÅLA cord sets, leaving an appropriate length for each and thread through the bar of the TROSS track – leave them slightly longer so that the length can be adjusted later. I tied some knots in the cords on the inside of the base to stop them pulling back through when I was happy with the lengths. If there is excess cord within the base it can be trimmed.

Strip the wires and connect together (neutral/blue and live/brown) – I used some extra connection (“chocolate”) blocks to help with this but you should make sure you know what you’re doing! Electricity can kill if you get it wrong!

Hang the lamp, attach the shades and install the bulbs (I used Ikea dimmable ones, but any candle-shaped LED bulbs with an E14/SES fitting would work.

Stråla-Tross Star Chandelier Stråla-Tross Star Chandelier

I haven’t got photos of the progress as there isn’t much to show (and I’d rather not give anyone without electrical knowledge any ideas!).

~ by Jonathan

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IKEA in Space for X’mas

Ikea hack VISIONÄR IKEA in Space for X'mas

We bought different colours of this Visionär hanging decoration, a few years ago.

I had also bought some small ones for my children, but we had not unpacked them yet.

The large ones (this white ball, a green ‘pear’ and an orange ‘strawberry’ shaped decoration thing) have been hanging around our room all year long. And then the Christmas tree arrived and I found some gold spray paint in our garage…

We made this Visionär-Jupiter-like constellation by simply spraying the balls with gold spray paint, bought in a DIY store.

The small ones are attached to the larger one with some small golden decoration ribbon (usually also available at Ikea by the way).

The glowing, sparkling effect is best seen on the picture because of the flash that reflects, but simply looking at it in our room with the lights in the christmas tree is also very spacey :)

~ by Angela, Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Corner desk monitor stand

Corner monitor rise-1

I used a shelf from a closet corner cabinet as a monitor riser on a corner desk

UTRUSTA corner wall cabinet shelf used as the monitor riser
CAPITA Stainless steel legs for the shelf
LINNMON Corner table
OLOV adjustable table legs

Just screw the CAPITA legs onto the UTRUSTA shelf and place on LINNMON table as a monitor stand.

Corner monitor rise-2

~ by DavidB

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Baby Changing Table: MALM + GNEDBY + HYTTAN


Ikea Items used:

  • MALM Chest of 4 drawers (white) 002.145.53
  • GNEDBY Shelving unit (white) 402.771.43
  • HYTTAN Front for dishwasher 902.915.61
  • HYTTAN 2-pieces door corner cabinet set 602.210.89
  • STOPP Anti-slip underlay 802.278.77

After I came across those two hacks (1, 2), I decided that I had to build my own changing table for my baby daughter, who will be born soon. Yes, I could buy an already built changing table, but all the ones I saw, including Ikea ones, lacked storage space.

I also didn’t want to buy a piece of furniture that would be used for one year or so. I built this changing table in a way that the MALM chest was left immaculate and, when I disassemble the changing table, I will have a “brand new” MALM chest to use.

And it was cheaper to make, too! Well, I had the luck to find at the “special offers department” the HYTTAN cabinet doors. They were discontinued at my country, so they were being sold for about a 10th of their original price.

Here’s how I made it:

The changing table is basically built from a MALM chest, which extends to the back with a GNEDBY shelving unit cut in half. Then, the Hyttan panels are attached to the GNEDBY and placed on top of the MALM.

Final dimensions:
– Height: 102 cm
– Width:: 80 cm
– Depth; 70 cm

1. I started to build the MALM chest, according to the instructions.

2. Then, I marked on the sides of the GNEDBY shelving unit the exact height of the MALM chest. I placed paper tape on top of the markings in order to avoid chipping while cutting them with a saw.


3. I then built the GNEDBY shelving unit following the instructions, ending up with two pieces that had the same height as the MALM chest.

B-2 C-3

4. I then attached the top part of the GNEDBY to the MALM chest using the L shaped brackets that originally come with the MALM to fix it to the wall.


5.  I also fixed the bottom of the GNEDBY to the MALM with another L bracket, not damaging the walls of the MALM (picture shows the structure from the floor side)


6. The top of the changing table was made from 2 of the 3 HYTTAN pieces I had, with the original internal surface facing upwards. No sawing was needed as the two pieces are the same size as the structure previously built


7. I joined the 2 pieces using glue and a plastic frieze glued and nailed in the ridge that forms when the two pieces are side by side.


8. I protected the MALM top with a piece of STOPP underlay and placed the HYTTAN boards on top, fixing them to the unit with two other L shaped brackets (the one attached on the GNEDBY on picture H)


Pictures show the unit after all the pieces were joined together.

I-9 J-10 K-11

And here’s the final result.

N-14  L-12

Hope you enjoy this hack!!

~ by João Pedro Silva

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IKEA KALLAX Wine Rack Insert

IKEA KALLAX Wine Rack Insert

Here’s a wine rack I made to fit in a KALLAX shelf. It might seem like it’s hard to make as it needs a laser cutter or CNC, but thanks to the wonder of makerspaces, this is very achievable in most places within the reach of IKEA.

1. Google the word “makerspace” and your home town, if you aren’t lucky enough to own a laser-cutter you will need help. Fortunately there are makerspaces all over the world and many of them have laser cutters that they will be happy to help you use.
2. Obtain 6mm laser safe plywood. If you are more adventurous you can use other thicknesses by modifying the OpenSCAD source file.
3. Get the parts cut on a laser cutter, the SVG and DXF files work for 6mm plywood. This is the step where the experts at the makerspace may need to help.
4. Slot the parts together, glue if desired, add wine and enjoy.

IKEA KALLAX Wine Rack Insert

IKEA KALLAX Wine Rack Insert

Download my design files on thingiverse.

~ by Bracken

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IVAR, all grown up

This Ikea Ivar cabinet spent some time as a plain Ivar cabinet with white paint and two knobs. It was finally time to give it a makeover and take it to the next level.

DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet makeover

Materials needed:

  • 1″ x 2″ boards
  • 2″ x 2″ boards
  • 1 x 3″ boards
  • Screen molding
  • 3/4″ plywood
  • Paint
  • Cabinet Pulls
  • Gold spray paint

I started by building the frame out of 2×2 boards and painted it gold.

IVAR Cabinet makeover

I attached the screen molding on the front to create the faux drawers and door. I also attached some boards on the sides to give the cabinet a finished look.

DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet Hack - attaching trim

I attached a top made of plywood and 1 x 3 boards.

IVAR Cabinet makeover - top

The entire piece got my favorite red paint and pretty gold knobs.

DIY Ikea Ivar cabinet Hack painted

Full step by step details of the makeover are on my blog.

I love how it turned out and it fits right in with my red color scheme in the dining and kitchen!

~ by Anika

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