File cabinet desk

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Project by ShotgunWillie posted 04-11-2016 07:35 PM 905 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned by my wife’s co-worker to make this desk for her home. The object was to keep the cost down, so I put the top together with construction pine 2×6s ripped to about 2” thick. Then I just glued and screwed them one by one. (I called it a faux butcher block) Applied stain and a few coats of poly. I had to spray-paint the two legs to make them the same color blue as the cabinet.

Final product came out to $250 including my labor. Not a bad weekend project.

Thanks for reading,

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#1 posted 04-12-2016 03:09 AM

Awesome looking desk. I always used a door lol. I love the pine top. I was trained on yellow pine and it’s still my favorite wood many years later in life and I use it as often as I can. I’m getting ready to build countertops for a new kitchen with it.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#2 posted 05-10-2016 08:21 PM

Hi, that’s a nice looking desk! Did you attach the top to the file cabinet in any way?

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#3 posted 05-15-2016 03:17 PM

Thanks Adam. Yes, I bolted a couple 3/4” blocks to the top of the cabinet and used another 3/4” block to attach the two legs to one another. Then I made the top and routed out the bottom of it in 3 places to fit the blocks. Then I just fit it together like a 3 piece puzzle and glued and clamped it.

So now, you can unscrew the nuts from underneath and remove the whole top (blocks and bolts included) to move it, and you can fit it back together again and rescrew the nuts to reassemble.

Thanks for asking

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