Thursday, May 13, 2010

4x4 Expedit into 2x4 and 1x4


Materials: 4x4 Expedit, saw, power drill, glue, screws

Description: After months of hemming and hawing we decide on a look for our addition. We had a used Expedit 4x4 that was serving as book storage. Since we were looking to create under window ledges and book space we decide to modify the 4x4 into a 2x4 and 1x4 book case.


1. For the 1x4: Keep two long middle shelves and 5 short shelves. With 2.25in screws we screwed the pieces together using the pre-drilled dowels holes.

2a. For the 2x4: Keep the top and bottom panels, one middle shelf, six short shelves, and one side.

2b. Put everything together except the side pieces. This will look almost like a regular 2x4. Measure the distance between the top and bottom pieces.


2b. Cut the side piece. One 4x4 side is long enough to give both 2x4 sides and you have an extra just in case.

2c. Since the cut edges do not have receiver for the anchor screws you will need to glue in smaller pieces so that the screws have something to bite into.

2d. Put the whole thing together. I used extra long self drilling screws on the bottom to further anchor the pieces together as my cuts were not perfectly straight.

I added 8in capita legs so the finished piece sits at the right height below the window.

~ Zanne

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