This cabinet is made from four IKEA pränt boxes, one IKEA dioder. The rest was just stuff that I already had.
Step 1: You Will Need
- 4 IKEA pränt boxes
- 1 IKEA dioder (lights)
- 1 old standing lamp
- some pipes
- 1 castor wheel
- glass cutter
Step 2: The Boxes
- We start off by opening the IKEA packing.
- The lids can be assembled according to the IKEA instructions.
- The boxes can not be fully assembled yet because we are going to replace the bottom with a piece of glass.
- Take the plywood bottoms out of the packings.
Step 3: Glass
- Find some glass that is big enough to cut the bottom out of it and not thicker than the plywood.
- Put the plywood bottom on the glass.
- Mark the size of the bottom.
- Scratch the glass with a glass cutter. (be sure to not make the glass any bigger than the bottom plywood)
- Break the glass on the scratch on the edge of a ruler or the edge of a table.
- Do this four times for four boxes.
- Clean your workspace to remove all the small pieces of glass.
Step 4: Make the Boxes
Be careful, the glass is still sharp.
Step 5: The Lamp
The shaft must be small enough to fit though the hole in het boxes.
Ideally it would be a snug fit.
If your lamp is bigger, you will need to drill out the holes in the boxes.
My lamp was smaller, so I made some bushings.
Strip the lamp of everything except the pole and the base. (sorry, no pictures of the stripping)
Step 6: Build Up
- Decide how much space you want in between the boxes.
- Cut some pipe that fits around the lamp post in pieces of that length. (this could be PVC pipe, but I had some aluminum)
- Start with a piece of pipe on the lamp post
- Put a box on top of that
- Next a piece of pipe
Step 7: Add Light
- Now all the boxes are on the lamp post, we can mark where to drill holes in the pole to put the wiring through.
- I marked the pole just under the top of the box on the back.
- Drill the holes big enough for the connectors on the wires to go through.
- Remove sharp edges from the drilled holes.
My pole was in three pieces so I had to do the next part with the boxes on the ground.
- Put the boxes in the right order on the flour.
- Put the pole through the boxes and bushings.
- Start from the top by putting the wires of the light for the top box in the pole.
- It helped to use a stick to push the wire through.
- Repeat with the other lights (work from the top down)
- I had some room in the base of the lamp to put the excess wires in.
- Check if the lights work.
- Put the show case on the base.
- Stick the lights in the boxes with the double sided tape provided.
Step 8: Last Upgrades
The boxes couldn't handle the weight of the boxes on top of them.
To solve this I put some aluminum rods behind the lamp pole. (the top box doesn't need a rod)
The show case appeared like it wanted to drop forward. It might do so if I would put some heavy stuff in the boxes.
I resolved this by putting a fixed castor wheel underneath the bottom box.
Step 9: Finish
- Now we can put some cool stuff in the boxes. (through the back)
- Put the lids on the boxes.
- Turn on the lights.
The design show case cabinet is finished!
You can put the boxes straight above each other or turn them how you like them.
I am really happy with the result.