Desk built by Dad, completed by family

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Project by James Frederick posted 01-07-2009 07:27 AM 1836 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest daughter needed a bigger desk, and she wanted one built by Dad. I had some Birch 3/4 plywood for a top, picked up a few 1X4 and there it was. I wanted to finish it with a light colored stain, and polyurethane to show off the great joinery and grain matching, etc. It took over 30 minutes to get the right 1×4 peices that matched up well, and the care taken to get it all just right.

The daughter had a different plan. I was lucky to get the top with Polyurethane. She wanted to paint it multiple colors, and all differnt types of flower and animal stencils, just like every other 6 year old little girl. As you can tell by the photos it was just what she wanted. The whole family had a part in the making and painting of this newly created family heirloom, and is being used every day for homework and masterpeices for our refridgerator.

Now she wants a new chair…..

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#1 posted 01-07-2009 07:36 AM

These are the things that wonderful memories are made from. Good job Dad!

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#2 posted 01-07-2009 12:21 PM

Now that’s a great project! Maybe, at some point down the road, the desk can be refinished to show off all that joinery ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 01-07-2009 01:06 PM

As they say in the MasterCard commericals:

Materials: $25
Labor: Free
Family Heirloom: Priceless

Great job James. I am sure your daughter will enjoy it for ages. PS. She is a real cutie too.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 01-07-2009 02:47 PM

Great family project and life lessons as well. Great post…Blkcherry

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#5 posted 01-07-2009 06:27 PM

Doesn’t get any better than that, congratulations and thanks for sharing.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 01-08-2009 01:55 AM

these are the best kind of projects.
nice work

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#7 posted 01-08-2009 02:01 AM

Glad that you were able to share the creation with her. She’ll remember it forever.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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James Frederick

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#8 posted 01-08-2009 07:24 AM

Thanks for all the great comments, this is why we do what we do.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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