Ikea floating shelves

Discussion in 'SMB' started by Kane, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Kane

    Kane Central Defender

    Has anyone ever tried cutting one of these to the exact size to fit in an alcove? How did it go? I think they're just two sheets of thin ply with cardboard webbing stuff in the middle.
     
  2. Wilfy

    Wilfy Striker

    Thought they were lightweight mdf. Should be ok to chop down as long as you don’t take too much off. You’ll have to cut the bracket anarl like.
     
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  3. Kevj

    Kevj Winger

    Yes, I took an Ikea desk which is the same ply construction and made a corner desk into an alcove with two floating shelves above on the same angle. Easy to do, just get the right jigsaw blade.
     
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  4. Are they for the bathroom?
     
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  5. BlackOps

    BlackOps Winger

    Aye the bracket goes.nearly the full length
     
  6. Goat Eyes

    Goat Eyes Striker

    Nowt a hacksaw wouldn’t sort.
     
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  7. Wilfy

    Wilfy Striker

    Angle grinder will be quicker.
     
  8. Goat Eyes

    Goat Eyes Striker

    Bit messier though.
     
  9. Wilfy

    Wilfy Striker

    More fun though.
     
  10. Goat Eyes

    Goat Eyes Striker

    Until someone loses an eye! :lol:
     
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  11. Wilfy

    Wilfy Striker

    He can move to Sheels if that happens.
     
  12. Kevj

    Kevj Winger

    Ive always wondered why there are no angle grinder shops in sheels.

    Wanker :lol:
     
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  13. martinlumley

    martinlumley Winger

    theres a series of dowels or pins on the wall plate which slot into the back of the shelf, but iirc theyre set about 75mm in from each end, so theres loads of 'play' to cut it down. i'd also advise sticking the plate with pinkgrip or similar as well as screwing it to the wall for extra hold.
     
  14. Wilfy

    Wilfy Striker

    :lol:
     
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  15. PTR

    PTR Striker

    Not going to see a better post on the SMB today :lol:
     
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  16. Ramshanker

    Ramshanker Winger

    What you going to cut it with mate? Saw?
     
  17. Kane

    Kane Central Defender

    No, I thought I'd use a butter knife.

    Thinking of jigsaw, or worst-case borrowing my bro's circular saw. I need a couple to cut to size and fit round some boxed-in pipework. They're only a tenner each for the shelf so I'll probably buy one and try a few different cuts to see what works best.
     
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  18. Kevj

    Kevj Winger

    Be careful once you get past the timber framing around the edge. The ply then has no edge restraint and will bounce up and down with the jigsaw blade making for a rough cut. I put a bit of sacrificial timber in which was the same thickness as the depth of the internals. Nice and neat edge.
     
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  19. Goat Eyes

    Goat Eyes Striker

    Or some strong tape along the line helps preserve the edge.
     
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  20. Kane

    Kane Central Defender

    Thanks!

    I'm buying them in white, and aiming to cut them with less than a 1/4" threshold between the walls on each side to allow for the walls not being square and any surface discrepancies. Thought when I get them as close as I can to perfect fit, will just finish the edges with a fine bead of caulk to neaten it up.
     
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