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In this instructable I am going to show you how to make an ikea LACK table stand on two legs. Even though this is a rather simple mod, it is going to get you quite a few puzzled looks.
I originally wanted to make the table stand on one leg, but even though it is stable enough to support itself I was afraid that it could break should somebody lean on it.

After I had finished the table it reminded me of the TV show Dexter. So I spray painted a quote on it and after distressing the letters a bit sealed the surface, to prevent wear.
 
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Step 1: Stuff you need

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Materials
  • LACK side table, 55x55 cm (from ikea)
  • Plywood or MDF board 1x55x55 cm
  • Cheap rug (mine is 80x140 cm)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Wood filler (Spatula or something else to apply it)
  • Paint (Paint brush)
  • Rectangular block of wood, 4.5x4.5x36 cm
  • Newspaper
  • Wood Glue
  • Long screws
  • Sanding paper
  • Optional: primer, masking tape
Tools
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Hammer and chisel

Step 2: Supportive legs

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The legs of the LACK table are hollow and will not be able to hold up the weight, unless you stabilize them. I used a hammer and chisel to break through the bottom of the leg, as shown in the first picture.

To fill the leg I used a Rectangular block of wood, which I glued to the inside.

Step 3: Sliced legs

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Use the saw to remove a piece from the middle of two of the legs. You can either make a straight cut or an angled cut like me. Then fill the legs with newspaper and a top layer of wood filler.

Afterwarts I sanded the cuts and primed and painted them.
Zappzipper2 months ago

are you in my house lol your room looks exactly like mine haha nice instructable :)

zack_man8883 months ago

I know this is all about using the provided parts of the table to make something, but I have an idea that may help with further reinforcement of the table. Replace the uncut legs with square steel tubing of the same size and attach it to a steel plate on the underside of the table and to another steel plate under the rug. This would obviously require metal cutting and welding or drilling, but the steel would give you a thinner under-rug surface, and would immensely increase the amount of weight that the table could bear. However, increased weight would also be a consideration here.

7nexx6 months ago

This is really cool. Just an idea, could you have made a fill in out of plexiglass for the parts of leg you cut out. maybe it would achieve the same effect with the table being moveable and stable.

scooter767 months ago

How have I missed this for over a year. Such a cool idea. I am off to Ikea this weekend and will have to give this a try. One question, I have two young kids, and wondered how sturdy is the table? Would you call it more decorative, or if a 4 year old leaned on it would it break? Great Instructable.

gazoutg7 months ago
another question, about the supportives legs. did you remove both ends of the corks-like material? did you put your 2side screw that came with the table in your new support wood or did you screw the tables to the legs in the original leg materials?

thx.
BrittLiv (author)  gazoutg7 months ago

Hi, I am not a 100% sure, but I think I left them as they were. I screwed and glued the legs to the table for some extra support.

gazoutg12 months ago
how did you spray paint arial? This is not a stencil-easy font.. how did you made the centers of "O" ?
BrittLiv (author)  gazoutg12 months ago

I cut the letters out of a vinyl sticker sheet.

OjoeMDC1 year ago
how did you make it unattached?

There is a piece of wood hidden under the black rug. That piece of wood is screwed to the two remaining legs and makes the table stable.

Genius!
Lucky7x71 year ago
love it. making one!
super creative. awesome!
The cream really rises to the top here. This has my vote!
Good luck,
DDC
BrittLiv (author)  donedirtcheap1 year ago
Thank you! I love your stuff, too.
smallebee1 year ago
just love it when women one up the lads DIY.
man "I can build a one legged table".
woman "I can build a two legged table that defies your eyes...."
GIRL, you are so cool. You must have 1,000 dudes on their knees proposing. A true mushroom or FUN-gal!
BrittLiv (author)  titopablito1 year ago
Thank you! I'm glad that you like what I do.
arowe31 year ago
That is AWESOME!! Love it.
SO clever!
vincent75202 years ago
What smart, ingenuous and humorous super woman you are !!!…

I love the project.
Red and white make it outstanding and in line of the whole spirit of the living room : I love cushions and posts.
Congratulations !!!…

PLEASE DO MORE, POST MORE !!!! LOL …
BrittLiv (author)  vincent75202 years ago
Thank you and thank you for all of your nice comments!
Tou want me to post more ?… Will be glad to help !!!… LOL
sunshiine2 years ago
I like this! Thanks for sharing!
That's really quite amazing! I can imagine the joints at the bottom of the supporting legs working loose over time though.
alcurb2 years ago
Reminds me of the secret behind the old meditation levitation rope trick. Ingenious!
orsd2 years ago
couldnt you have filled in the cut spots with clear resin?
BrittLiv (author)  orsd2 years ago
Probably, but it would have been more expensive.
Akmal2502 years ago
nice plane
neilmac2 years ago
Good luck with getting a patent on that one
- personally i don't think you have a leg to stand on...:)
lmnopeas2 years ago
Awesome!
mikenaly2 years ago
I wonder if you could have gotten the table to support itself quite well on one leg if you had filled the single leg with concrete. Obviously the table would have to have the screws inserted while the concrete was wet, but you could use the other legs to help support it and then cut and shape them as desired after the concrete was dry.
BrittLiv (author)  mikenaly2 years ago
That's a good idea and certainly worth a try!
iceng2 years ago
I wonder if as your excellent sliced LACK table now featured twice in different news letters
is the pro award is also doubled ?

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BrittLiv (author)  iceng2 years ago
Hi, I've only seen it in todays instructable newsletter. Where else has it been posted?
iceng BrittLiv2 years ago
Sorry, I confused your  home page publication with a newsletter.
So as a subscriber, I  have seen the nicely cut legs three times.

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thenanny2 years ago
That is so cool!
Exocetid2 years ago
I love clever! Very clever!
IraJacobs2 years ago
Very cool, but is it really stable enough to support someone leaning on it, with just 2 legs?
BrittLiv (author)  IraJacobs2 years ago
Hi, I guess it depends, should somebody lean on it with all there weight over one of the cut legs it would probably break. Leaning on the other side or middle is fine, though.
I love it..Great job.

How much weight will it support? A bowl or chips with a cup of tea? More? Less?
BrittLiv (author)  technofossil2 years ago
Both ;-). I just tried placing four 1.5 liter bottles on it. It bended a tiny bit (I placed them above the cut legs), but they didn't present a problem.
stremblay2 years ago
Hoo! i like it :)

is it your home on the picture? really like it, my kind of decoration :)
dorio2 years ago
this reminds me of a chair we made for the milan furniture fair:
http://www.umamy.com/main/furniture/index.htm
BrittLiv (author)  dorio2 years ago
Wow, nice job it looks awesome!
f5mando2 years ago
Ha! Brilliant stuff - I love it! Thanks for this, BrittLiv
mdr72 years ago
This is so clever!
vipTricks2 years ago
DIY Well~DONE!
instructables.com < Always make my heart smile (¯`v´¯) + :)
now will jump to the next optical illusion..
BYE.
Treknology2 years ago
I like it. It's practical enough still to be useful and odd enough to advertise one's nerdiness to unsuspecting guests.

Embedding the legs into the pile of the carpet was also a good idea. Although your reason to do so was structural, it adds to the illusion that everything else is "normal".
Sbrand01072 years ago
I am also a huge fan of Dexter! Thats a nice touch. I'm thinking of putting, "Slice of Life" on the top.

Also, I'm digging the pillows and posters. Haha awesome!
Project 232 years ago
Very nice :D I'm a big fan of Dexter. I got only one question (or a couple), where did you get the picture for the table? What font is that? Give me some info please :D
BrittLiv (author)  Project 232 years ago
Hi, what do you mean with "picture for the table"? The font was Arial originally, but I changed it with corel draw (I made it more narrow and longer). I've uploaded an *.eps file of the quote here.
Here, i made it :D I'm sharing it with you because you made the *.eps file :) It's little shifted because of the Facebook profile photo.
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I meant the text on the top: "It's okay. Life doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be lived." :D I'm going to make a Facebook cover so I needed the font. :D
nakcam2 years ago
Your pillows are awesome!
BrittLiv (author)  nakcam2 years ago
Thank you, you can find out how I made them here.
iceng2 years ago
What happens when a toddler runs to sit on it ?
BrittLiv (author)  iceng2 years ago
If he decides to sit right over one of the cut legs I would worry. The other side or the middle should be stable enough though.
iceng BrittLiv2 years ago
It is an eye catcher,  great ible.
HollyMann2 years ago
This looks awesome! These tables are on sale now too for less than $8! :) Just bought two!
jkendall12 years ago
I love the idea of the table, but I hate the idea of driving screws into my 100 year old hardwood.
MikB jkendall12 years ago
If you mean a 100 year old hardwood floor, the screws don't go into the floor unless you get the length wrong. If you mean 100 year old hardwood IKEA table, I don't think they exist :) The table is screwed to a board hidden under the carpet and becomes a stable C-shape, not an unstable upside-down-L shape.

This uses a similar principle to some magic "levitation" rigs to make it look like an impossibly balanced object. Like the lean-back levitation in The Matrix. Criss Angel, Dynamo etc have done it.
soul_eater2 years ago
Cool , you gave me a grat idea im going to make one welded to make it more resistant
ChrysN2 years ago
That's so clever!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Awesome stuff, I want one in my living room!
Kiteman2 years ago
Oh, that is so good!

Very cool! I just love all of your living room decor :D
This is amazing.