Introduction: IKEA TABLESCAPE

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This one is for IKEA Hackers with big families who love coming around for birthdays, weddings, funerals & reunions.  It could also function as a setting for an Instructables Restaurant.



Step 1: Ingredients

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This is what you need:

- An evening prior to the event, and enough space to play around and store the stuff.
 
- 50 Lack tables from IKEA at 4,99 each. The 4,99 ones are the simplest and the most versatile (but you could get a bit more adventurous). They come in a variety of shapes and colors. Mixing the colors creates an extra festive effect (but you might wanna go for black if it's for a funeral).

- Gaffer Tape (the handyman's tool).

- Some cool friends or relatives who like to make stuff. If they're not into that, promise beer and pizza.

- If you promise beer and pizza, put beer and pizza on the ingredients list.

That's all.

Step 2: 50 Tables X 4 Legs = a Sore Arm

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Twisting the legs into the Lacks gets painful after about 3 tables. That's where the Hack-a-Lack comes in. It's not just completely painless to use, it's fast! Make one, you won't regret it!

It's easy and they are conveniently made from one leg of a lack table so 4,99 buys you 4 Hack-a-Lacks! And you still have the top left to play around with.




Step 3: Stimulate Play & Make a Mess

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If you did manage to get the cool friends together you did most of the work, although you might want to suggest doing a contest on who is the fastest Lack screwer. 

WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T CLEAN UP THE MESS, DON'T PUT THE TABLES IN A NICE STACK, LEAVE THEM WHERE EVER THEY END UP.

Step 4: Built Stuff

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The finished Lack tables are very good elements or building blocks for almost any structure. Here we focus on a tablescape but it could just as well be an iglo (I bet that would be a very popular instructable).

You can use gaffer tape to make it stronger and to create more possibilities. 

Just let everybody come up with ideas.

This may take one hour or the whole day. It's up to you.

WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T CLEAN UP THE MESS, DON'T PUT THE TABLES IN A NICE STACK, LEAVE THEM WHERE EVER THEY END UP.

Step 5: Take a Distance & Photos

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When your production party is coming to an end take some distance, then turn around and take it all in.

Walk around, enjoy the little see-throughs, spontaneous pathways and differences of height.

Then take lots of photographs from every possible angle.

Step 6: Stack'em & Store'em.

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If you twist and turn you can get 5 Lack tables on top of eachother.


Step 7: Stage'em.

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On the morning of the family get together have some prints of your photographs as a reminder and restage the whole thing.

The whole idea of NOT CLEANING UP was because somehow the whole setting becomes a lot better if you don't think about it too much. Chances are that in the slipstream of your production something beautiful arrived.

Or actually do whatever you like! You have 50 tables to play around with. What more could you possibly want?

Eh... chairs?

Comments

BartholomewH (author)2015-06-10

The flat pack furniture ocean?
:D

BartholomewH (author)2015-06-10

You've done quite a lot of flat pack assembly there!

Booyaka3 (author)2010-06-09

I can't help but notice but are you pants ripped in Step 4? :D

BartholomewH (author)Booyaka32015-06-10

hahahahaha

firefliie (author)Booyaka32010-09-04

lmao, i just noticed that too. i think they are?

trocar_noir (author)2010-06-19

lol..whut

arne hendriks (author)2010-06-15

Well you know it's true, it could be a lame thing IF the tables are used in a lame way. as always it's in the details. I think it's up to whoever uses this to decide for themselves what they do. Lack is the new Lego. You can do so much, and unlike LEGO it hasn't become more and more detailed, and therefor less and less challenging! But you have to be a bit creative with it, agreed.

kelseymh (author)2010-06-08

This is awesome! Featured and rated -- great art, and great exercise :-)

Those Lack tables are nigh invulnerable. My wife has one (in the long-discontinued purple) that she got when she was an undergraduate. It has been with us throughat least a dozen moves, including going to Canada and back, and is still completely solid.

If you've got 'em, save them, use them, pass them on to your grandchildren ...

winkman (author)kelseymh2010-06-14

Hrm. Need to disagree on this one. We bought a stack for our youth group, and the legs didn't hold up too well. Then again, 200 youth playing on/with them are a little different to a family. :P Interesting instructable- i thought you were going to make them into bigger tables or something!

kelseymh (author)winkman2010-06-14

Yeah, I can believe that. Two adults (even over 15+ years) probably put a lot less stress on any furtuniture than 200 kids in a few months ;->

arne hendriks (author)winkman2010-06-14

We will turn them into bigger units. Higher units. Hacked units. All sorts of units.

chefguru (author)2010-06-13

Really? So your instructable is basically to buy a bunch of Ikea tables, and play with them? LAME!

kelseymh (author)chefguru2010-06-14

Can you point us to one of your less lame instructables?

Jayefuu (author)2010-06-08

Rated and Faved! Good work Arne!

arne hendriks (author)Jayefuu2010-06-09

we're doing another restaurant next week!

Jayefuu (author)arne hendriks2010-06-09

Awesome! What're you serving this time? There a theme?

pinky112 (author)2010-06-08

Nice little table!

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