Bench/Desk/Chest combo

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Project by Alonso posted 12-05-2009 01:18 AM 31627 views 55 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got to thanks Woody57 for his recent post about this very same project a few weeks ago.

This is made out of veneer-ply with a layer of Minwax stain on top, I hope by this weekend be able to apply some sort of protection but I have not idea on what will be the best option so if any of you can help me on selecting the right product I will highly appreciate it.

Needless to say but my children loves their new desk.

Thanks for looking.


-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#1 posted 12-05-2009 01:45 AM

Nice design. Serves two purposes. Keep it up.

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 02:34 AM

Great design.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#3 posted 12-05-2009 02:52 AM

Great Job. That is awesome!

-- Joshua Warren {Also know as- Porkchop}

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#4 posted 12-05-2009 02:13 PM

Very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 12-05-2009 06:08 PM

Nicely done Alonso. Im a novice on most of this, but i would think about durability on your finish. It looks like a project like that would get alot of wear. I would consider a wipe on poly. Ive played with this on some scraps but havnt actually applied it to a project yet. Its easy to do and seems to be durable. However, i would get a second opinion before taking my advice. Good luck.

-- RKWoods

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 10:56 PM

Nice job on the desk. I have built two more for a friend since I posted the first one.
I used 3 coats of polyurethane on mine sanding with 320 grit between coats.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 06:55 PM

Love this design. The underside of the desk could easily be changed to a easle or a place to display the children work also.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 01-09-2010 12:36 PM

I really like this.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 01-10-2010 07:03 AM

Very nice, love the multi-functional design.

-- Jen loves wood!

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 05:44 PM

this is a very nice simple project, did u follow plans for it?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 03-01-2010 06:57 PM


Yes I did follow some plans I think I bought them at

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#12 posted 02-13-2011 04:28 PM

I love this design. I’ve been asked to build it. My biggest concern is how heavy is the desktop when converting from bench to desk, and vice-versa. The purpose of this desk is to give a 5 year old “her place” for homework, and she should be able to convert the bench herself when she wants to. This looks like a pretty heavy table top, though. Any feedback? thx..

-- Chip, Virginia

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#13 posted 03-30-2011 05:56 AM

wow i gata build this for my grandson. no wait i’ll build 2 one for him and one for me;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 01-09-2013 06:14 PM

I love this bench/desk/chest project. Where did you get the plans? I looked at website and could not find them.

-- it does not matter if you are in tune if you are not in time

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#15 posted 10-04-2014 11:12 PM

I found the plans for this at Woodcraft, here.

My grandma had something like this when I was a little girl and I have very fond memories of going to her house and coloring on the desk. I’ve dreamed of having one of these for my 3 boys and have been designing one of my own – I was looking for ideas when I stumbled on this website. I hope to make something like this for Christmas and post about it on my blog!


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