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Most importantly, it's a spacious art/design desk with a tracing window and a place to put your coffee, which won't put you out 400 bucks. Unless you spend WAY too much on end tables. Mostly by sitting in the middle of whatever I was trying to do, which sometimes happened to be wet paint. Step 1: What You Need Tools philips screwdriver drill drill bits in 2mm, 7mm, and 10mm diameter adjustable wrench a sturdy utility bladeAdvisories Your friend will NOT help you with heavy lifting! Do NOT phone IKEA customer service when you become confused!Parts" 1x VIKA Blecket desktop (or similar)" 2x FLAERKE end tables (or similar) Flaerke end tables are discontinued, by the way. This should work with any smooth sided end table of an appropriate height." 2x common household cup plungers with wooden handles A smaller cup is better, but the must be handle is long enough for the tilt you want." 4x wood screws with a 7mm thread core and a 10mm smooth shaft. The smooth bit must be as long as the width of the side wall of the end tables, but no wider. Hex head optional. The important thing is that your screws and drill bits match up in size. The specific size is not critical, as long as the screws can support the weight of your desktop. Drill the left and right outer sides of the desktop, centered from top to bottom, and the same distance back from the leading edge. In this case, 17mm down, 17mm from the front edge. Step 3: Drill the End Tables Caution: Check the position of the hardware already involved original kate spade store in the end table! You should not drill through it, nor too close to it. If you don't know what "too close" means, don't even attempt this project. Measure down 1.5x the thickness of your desktop, in this case, 52mm. 2mm starter hole, 10mm final hole. Step 4: Drill the Rear Support Posts By "rear support post," I mean "plunger handles."Drill through the handle of each plunger, centered from side to side, with the hole 0.5x the thickness of your desktop down from the end of the handle. In this case, 17mm. kate spade purse with spades It also allowed me better precision for where the holes were centered, as my drill bits are cheap, and don't have great tips. Step 5: Mandatory Shop Inspection This is a critical step in the construction of your new workspace; do not skip it!!Give the union inspector 2 treats. This is the minimum quantity necessary to assure her that your workplace is free from hazardous conditions. Technically, this is not a bribe. It's just a non taxable gesture of goodwill. Step 6: Gouging Out Space for the Front Screw Heads Use the utility knife to gouge out space from the underside of the end table top. This allows the head of your wood screw to turn freely. I needed a bit more space using a hex head screw than I would have if I'd used a domed head screw, but I couldn't find one with the smooth part of the shaft matching the width of my end table side wall exactly. If your utility knife isn't digging into the end table material easily enough, try perforating it a bit with your small drill bit outline the area you want to remove with small holes, close together. Just be careful to mark the bit or secure it in the drill such that you don't drill too deeply or through to the visible surface. You just need a bit of a starting point for your blade to grab into. In theory you could use a router to remove this material smoothly and easily, but let's be honest here. The screws should be able to turn freely in this space, but not wiggle. (Boy, that sounds crude!) Your desktop will not sit stably, nor will it be level with the end table tops and you'll have to throw away this end table and start again. Step 7: Putting the Screws to It, Pt 1 WARNING! This is the single most complicated step in this whole project. And, it's not all that complicated. It's just surprisingly hard to describe with clarity. Your union inspector will probably sit on them for safekeeping, and in case there are further goodwill tokens forthcoming. The desk top rests at a slight angle, upside down, with the bolts you screwed into it resting in the open notches at the front of the inside wall of each end table. You know, the bit that matches the part you had to dig out of the underside of the top, in the previous step. The top of the desk should be facing the floor, and the back edge of the desk touching the floor in front of the front of the end tables. Step 8: Putting the Screws kate spade outlet near me to It, Pt. 2 Note: At this point, the desktop is already in place, but I left it out of the diagrams so you could see the parts I'm talking about. Go back one step if you forgot what's going on. The second picture here shows what the back/inside corners of your table should look like when the desktop is in the flat position. Except, yours will have the pointy part of a screw poking out the plunger handle. Mind your eyes!!Note: If the plunger handles split or crack when you tighten the screws, your drilled holes weren't big enough; they didn't match the core diameter of your screw. You'll need new plunger handles. Good luck convincing the hardware store that there's nothing freaky about buying two plunger handles a couple days after you just bought two plungers. You shouldn't encounter these sharp bits in normal desk use, but I don't want to hear about how you were crawling under your desk looking for your Hello Kitty eraser and the phone rang, and since you have it set to the Imperial March, you always flinch, and so you bunged your head on the sharp bit and needed 4 stitches and a tetanus shot. I really don't wanna hear it. Safety first and all that. Allow the union inspector to give it a thorough going over, or she will report you to the SPCA. Step 10: Jerry's Final Thoughts Someday I'm probably going to kate spade merchandise install a bar of some sort connecting the two end tables at the back, somewhat near the floor. This will provide additional stability so the end tables can't angle away from or toward each other, and also give me a place to put my feet when I'm slouching down in my chair.(Shhhhh, don't tell my mother I slouch at the desk sometimes!)My major requirements for that are light weight, sturdy, cheap, and. No, that's it, actually. Should be easy enough to just drill more holes and screw a thing on. Like a shower curtain rod. but. sturdy. You bet it's from Ikea! :D I kinda want to install permanently some kind of desk lamp at the top edge of the desk, but that would suck if it blasts my eyes when the desk is in the flat position. Still working on that part. I just have to find tall, attractive shelves for 5 Euros each. Maybe Ikea has something. So. how many hands do you need to flip the desktop from flat to raised? Surely you have to raise it up, hold it there while you somehow manoeuvre both plungers upwards and then rest it down? Do you end up using a knee? Are union labourers or small children at risk of knocking one of the plungers out and being swiftly decapitated by a falling desktop?For the lamp attached to the pivoting surface, you just need a fixture with a banker lamp shade on it, then it won get in your eyes in either orientation. I been doing this entirely by myself, so. two hands. It easiest to lift from the center of the side that lifts, but it possible to lift from the left or right back corners. In any case, once it lifted (which is pretty easy, the screws/pins work great!) I just swing the plunger up and lodge it in place, then bring the other one around. It has to be lifted slightly to get the 2nd plunger in the right spot, but not so far that the other plunger drops out. The union rep is a real climber, and there hasn been any kind of incident. I would NEVER have this thing around kids without a stabilizer bar in the back. And, do the thing about the pointy ends of the screws, too.
re: decapitation. it should be OK as long as they don knock BOTH plungers out. One plunger can hold the thing all day long.
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