I saw a posting by Jonathan Fong Style that showed an inexpensive material storage solution using IKEA parts. The post itself can be found Flat File Storage: Ikea Hack and is pretty awesome.
What I really wanted was a table for my Glowforge that would store materials underneath. I liked the shelving itself that was shown in that post and I am a big fan of IKEA hacking.
Here is a flash forward to the final table:
It features lockable 3" caster wheels so that I can move my Glowforge easily and still have it be super stable when it isn’t supposed to move.
It also features 6 total shelves for material storage.
As you can see, each shelf isn’t tall. I would rather have more shelves so that I can separate different materials.
Due to the Glowforge cutting bed size, you can fit 3 pieces of Glowforgable materials side by side (perpendicular to the orientation they will be in when they are sitting in the machine) on each shelf. So, you basically have 18 material bays.
I made this table for about $120 using 3 LACK Coffee Table from IKEA, 1 piece of extra matching wood from IKEA’s “as is area” and 4x 3" locking caster wheels from Home Depot.
In case you aren’t familiar with LACK Coffee Tables, they look like this:
So, the next question is: How did 3 IKEA coffee tables become an awesome Glowforge table?
Here is the breakdown:
FYI: The final result is super strong and stable because I screwed and glued everything together rather than rely on adhesive alone.
Now all I need is my Glowforge…
- Jason Lichtman