Ikea Lack Infinity Table

Large Lack Infinity Table

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Had been looking at infinity projects for awhile. Glass and mirror cost lots, but I'm happy with the result.

Please see the instructions/components for a little more detailed write up of the process.

Otherwise see this video :)

  • 1 × Ikea Lack Coffee Table
  • 1 × Led Strip Light - Choose your pleasure.
  • 1 × Mirror
  • 1 × Pane of glass, preferably professionally tinted with secuirty tiny.
  • 1 × Black paint I used hme depot flat black, cheapest. And a can of duplicolor engine enamel spray for the led strip. (had on hand)

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  • 1
    Step 1

    Order your glass and maybe mirror and arrange a way to get it home safely.
    I bought the table and cut first, creating a period of time where I had a substantial hole  in my daily use table.

    The glass had to be custom cut for the Ikea table's dimensions. Tell them you want it for a table so they can do some edge work and they use the right glass.

    It would also be good to have it professionally tinted, especially if you have never done tinting yourself. Any mistake you make, you will know where they are, and you'll be able to spot it. It takes awhile to cure and it's a tough job to do cleanly on this big of a sheet of glass.
    I did my own as a novice, it turned out ok, but there are flaws, and they make me wish I had it tinted right

    Get your mirror as well, dimensions will vary or have something custom as well. If I find my receipt, I'll update with my dimensions.

  • 2
    Step 2

    Acquire the table.
    These things are mostly made of cardboard. Not joking.
    For that reason, when you start cutting apart large internal sections of it, it start to become VERY weak. Try to leave a large edge section to help with the structure of the table, the glass adds allot of weight.

    I marked off a section that I wanted to cut and used a large dremel cutting wheel to cut out the top of the table. I wish I had the jigsaw then. 

    Inside you will find a honeycomb structure of cardboard, cut this out to be the same size as your top cut out. Your table is very fragile now. Be careful. 

  • 3
    Step 3

    Painting. I used the cheapest home depot flat black paint I could find, I painted the whole top, inside, covered all my dremel marks. ;)
    I also laid out the led strip and put a sticky dot over each emitter, I then used some Duplicolor engine enamel and spray painted the whole strip.

    I found a few wood planks to fit on the inside of the table which helps with the structure and also gives  the led strip a place to affix to, these were painted as well.

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Viki wrote 08/09/2014 at 10:53 point
Why do you have to tint it???

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Emerica wrote 08/09/2014 at 16:59 point
Because you need a double mirror to reflect the light back down. You are trapping the light inside between the mirrors, but the tinted one you can see through, to see the effect. The tint is the second mirror.

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Emerica wrote 08/09/2014 at 17:00 point
skip to 7:28 in the video and you can see half and half with the tiny on you get the effect.

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Undefined wrote 06/09/2014 at 19:28 point
Awesome illusion.
Very nifty!
Could you perhaps give a bit more detail on the tinted glass pane you've used.
Is it clear, semi-reflective or reflective?

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Emerica wrote 06/20/2014 at 15:45 point
It's clear glass from any glass shop, but you should tell them it's for a table so they can edge it nicely and thinner panes would probably be tempered.
The tinting film I purchased at home depot, it's a security mirror tint. You need to buy the tint and an application kit. But I'd still recommend the glass shop do it for you.
Takes some skill/experience to do a good job on something this large.
If you want the mirror like finish, ask them for a tint you'd have in an interrogation room or something, a security mirror tint. Cheers

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