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Re: Is anyone using the Ikea Bekant desk?

Postby UndaMaris » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:16 pm

By the way, I bought the Thyge to use when I want to transport my Hauptwerk setup to another location, because I don’t want to dismantle my existing console table which is very heavy. I made it myself. It looks very nice and was very simple to construct. It is made from 1” thick solid oak worktop. I ordered it from a company online. They cut and supplied me with three pieces of oak to my exact specification: one for the top and two for the supports, already oiled and finished. I screwed heavy duty metal brackets to the supports and then screwed these to the top. I then braced the supports at the back twice with a thinner matching oak plinth also supplied by the worktop company. I had the supports cut so that the table was the exact height I wanted, and I fixed them so that my pedalboard fitted exactly between them with just enough space on either side to allow the pedalboard to slide in or out. The table matches the oak three manual keyboard stack which I bought from Orgelhaus im Stiftland in Germany. The keyboard stack justs sits on top of the table. It’s not fixed, but does not move at all during playing. The table cost around £300 to make and was worth every penny. I would post a photo, but I cannot understand the procedure for doing so.

There’s a photo of my Hauptwerk console on the following website:

zimbelstern.simdif.com

You can see the console table I made there.
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Re: Is anyone using the Ikea Bekant desk?

Postby magnaton » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:32 am

Dnsmo wrote:Am I correct in assuming the discontinued Galant desktop was 160cm x 80cm, or 63" by 31.5"?

Unfortunately, Ikea does not currently sell a frame in the U.S. that allows for 55" between the legs. But Galant desks and frames are readily available used.

Dennis

Yes, that is the correct measurement for the one Galant model. They also had a smaller 46" version and even larger one they referred to as a conference table. I purchased my 63" version off of CL and was lucky to get the wood color I wanted plus the chrome A-Legs. When just starting out, all the pictures I found of HW Ikea 'consoles' had the adjustable A-Legs vs the T-Leg.

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Re: Is anyone using the Ikea Bekant desk?

Postby Dnsmo » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:53 am

UndaMaris wrote:There’s a photo of my Hauptwerk console on the following website:

zimbelstern.simdif.com

You can see the console table I made there.

Very handsome, UndaMaris. And the construction would be quite straightforward for someone like me of modest woodworking skills, once the properly sized pieces are acquired.

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Is anyone using the Ikea Bekant desk?

Postby Dnsmo » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:01 am

magnaton wrote:
Dnsmo wrote:Am I correct in assuming the discontinued Galant desktop was 160cm x 80cm, or 63" by 31.5"?

Unfortunately, Ikea does not currently sell a frame in the U.S. that allows for 55" between the legs. But Galant desks and frames are readily available used.

Dennis

Yes, that is the correct measurement for the one Galant model. They also had a smaller 46" version and even larger one they referred to as a conference table. I purchased my 63" version off of CL and was lucky to get the wood color I wanted plus the chrome A-Legs. When just starting out, all the pictures I found of HW Ikea 'consoles' had the adjustable A-Legs vs the T-Leg.

Danny B.

I haven't been able to find an Ikea Galant table, but there is someone locally selling a Galant frame. I suppose one possibility would be to get a new Bekant tabletop and mate it to the used Galant frame, since the dimensions of the Bekant top are almost identical to those of the Galant. Then it should be a simple matter of drilling new holes in the Bekant top and attaching the Galant frame with wood screws.

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Re: Is anyone using the Ikea Bekant desk?

Postby organtechnology » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:10 pm

Hi Dennis,

I have a Bekant frame which I am modifying to be 55 inches between the pedestal legs. I have been busy with other projects but it looks like I can make time to finish this project.

What kind of key desk top would you like to see go on it?

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Re: Is anyone using the Ikea Bekant desk?

Postby Dnsmo » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:33 pm

organtechnology wrote:Hi Dennis,

I have a Bekant frame which I am modifying to be 55 inches between the pedestal legs. I have been busy with other projects but it looks like I can make time to finish this project.

What kind of key desk top would you like to see go on it?

Thomas

Thanks, Thomas.

For my setup, the current Bekant desk top, unaltered, would suffice.

Have you made a prototype of the extended Bekant frame that you know to be as stable as the Galant?

I'm concerned that the inverted-T legs of the Bekant would be more prone to side-to-side wobble than a Bekant top supported by a Galant frame with the A-legs. That's why I was considering that combination, purchasing a used Galant frame, and attaching the current Bekant top.

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Re: Is anyone using the Ikea Bekant desk?

Postby organtechnology » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:23 pm

Dnsmo wrote:
organtechnology wrote:Hi Dennis,

I have a Bekant frame which I am modifying to be 55 inches between the pedestal legs. I have been busy with other projects but it looks like I can make time to finish this project.

What kind of key desk top would you like to see go on it?

Thomas

Thanks, Thomas.

For my setup, the current Bekant desk top, unaltered, would suffice.

Have you made a prototype of the extended Bekant frame that you know to be as stable as the Galant?

I'm concerned that the inverted-T legs of the Bekant would be more prone to side-to-side wobble than a Bekant top supported by a Galant frame with the A-legs. That's why I was considering that combination, purchasing a used Galant frame, and attaching the current Bekant top.

Dennis


Since this is the first one, I can't say yet. But the unaltered Bekant frame has a very solid feel with no top.

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Re: Is anyone using the Ikea Bekant desk?

Postby Dnsmo » Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:42 pm

UndaMaris wrote:By the way, I bought the Thyge to use when I want to transport my Hauptwerk setup to another location, because I don’t want to dismantle my existing console table which is very heavy. I made it myself. It looks very nice and was very simple to construct. It is made from 1” thick solid oak worktop. I ordered it from a company online. They cut and supplied me with three pieces of oak to my exact specification: one for the top and two for the supports, already oiled and finished. I screwed heavy duty metal brackets to the supports and then screwed these to the top. I then braced the supports at the back twice with a thinner matching oak plinth also supplied by the worktop company. I had the supports cut so that the table was the exact height I wanted, and I fixed them so that my pedalboard fitted exactly between them with just enough space on either side to allow the pedalboard to slide in or out. The table matches the oak three manual keyboard stack which I bought from Orgelhaus im Stiftland in Germany. The keyboard stack justs sits on top of the table. It’s not fixed, but does not move at all during playing. The table cost around £300 to make and was worth every penny. I would post a photo, but I cannot understand the procedure for doing so.

There’s a photo of my Hauptwerk console on the following website:

zimbelstern.simdif.com

You can see the console table I made there.

UndaMaris, I've sent you a PM.

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