This project requires two peeps to complete. DH was kind enough to be my second peep for the project. He also helped me carry the heavy boxes from the car.
Here is the old cutting table (I posted about this back in 2011). He'd seen this IKEA hack on the IKEA Hackers site and thought it might be modified to fit my needs. I took some measurements and did some math to make sure it would work for my workflow and comfort. I like a cutting surface at around 36 inches high. This is about what most kitchen counters are in height and is a good working height to help me avoid back pain resulting from hours of cutting.
We picked up the pictured pieces from IKEA to complete the upgrade. I'm not going to give a step-by-step, just some pictures of the major assembly points.
First, we assembled the EXPEDIT bookcases. The upside is that DH didn't smoosh my fingers during any of the assembly. Which resulted in at least 50% less cursing than past IKEA projects.
Then, we attached six 4" CAPITA legs to each bookcase and stuck the little fuzzy feet that came with the bookcases to each of them. If you plan on doing something like this, make sure you bring your drill. Pilot holes are must for this kind of thing. Trying to screw through that laminate layer will not make you happy camper.
Two peeps were also required to turn the shelf units over onto their little legs. We added some of that no-skid drawer liner to the tops of the shelving unit. I didn't want to screw the tabletop to the shelf units, so this will keep everything in place. I spaced them far enough apart that there is a small overhang on the outside edges.
Two peeps were required to put the top on without mishap. The top is actually made of two IKEA tabletops (LINNMON) held together with flat bracing screwed to the underside.
I don't want to fill up all those little shelves with bins, drawers or doors until I understand what I want to do with the space. I did pick up a couple bins, but I'll wait until the next time I go to IKEA for more, if I decide I want more.
I did decide I wanted at least on drawer unit on the right-hand side. This is where I'll keep my scissors and rotary cutter. The drawer below is for pins, seam ripper and pencils for marking. I'm sure more junk will find its way in there, but right now this is what it holds.
Here is the "after" picture. I've managed to tidy up a bunch of the surfaces and even put up some idea boards. Everyone should have at least one of these. A place to pin all kinds of things: scraps of fabric, pictures from magazines or printed from the internet. Anything that inspires is fair game.