IKEA EXPEDIT Turned Into Giant iTunes Sound System

Dan Goldman of PANYL, Inc, a company specializing in designing/selling DIY finish upgrades for IKEA furnishings, noted our recent spotlight of the before and after IKEA MALM hack, forwarding their company's own multimedia conversion project. This time around it's the IKEA EXPEDIT series called up for DIY duty, turned into something quite entertaining...

The inspiration for this hack came when I found a stereo in the dumpster near my house.  I'd only been the shop manager at PANYL for a few weeks but I'm hearing all these newfangled terms like "upcycling" and "IKEA hacking."  I'd done plenty of upcycling (why else would I be in the dumpster?) but had never attempted an IKEA hack.  But I was about to....

In the fabrication shop we had an iMac with built-in speakers but no dedicated sound system so I seized the chance to combine my "new" old speakers with IKEA's Expedit and some PANYL.

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Dan shared their project cost list, noting "...we didn't actually spend money on anything except a $20 iPad dock. Literally everything was lying around. But I put in some estimates for someone starting with an empty cupboard."

MATERIALS & COST
  • As-is Stereo speaker parts - woofer, tweeter, input jack, crossover, wiring: $70 (actual cost: $0)
  • Kenwood vintage amp (based on eBay search): $120 (actual cost: $0)
  • iPad audio dock: $20
  • 3 IKEA EXPEDIT shelf door inserts: $60
  • PANYL (optional): $30
  • TOTAL: $300 (actual cost: $20)

SUPPLIES & TOOL USED
  • Caulk
  • Liquid nails
  • 1 3/4 flat-headed wood screws
  • Foam batting
  • Hole saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Electric drill
  • Soldering iron

Check out the complete step-by-step IKEA hack project over at the PANYL blog.

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