The 4 hour scrap wood desk

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Project by BradHess posted 03-04-2010 11:54 PM 2824 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I work from home and for the couple months have not had a desk since I lost my office with my brother living here for a little while, anyways last weekend I went to checkout this place called community folk lift in DC. Cool place with a ton of recycled building supplies. Anyways in the yard they had this piece of cool granite for $30.00 which I grabbed not really sure what I was going to do with it.

When I got home and was looking at it I decided to make a desk out of it, so last night I went to my workshop for a few hours and built a basic desk. Working with the granite was interesting for the following reasons.
1. It is heavy, really heavy.
2. It had a chipped corner and rough edge which had to be cut.
3. Granite is hard to cut :) especially cut straight. I ended up having to deal with it being a little off and planed the wood to match it.
4. Did I mention granite is heavy.

The desk is fairly basis with cherry legs, apron and border around the granite. I got lucky in the the cherry had a triangular section of sapwood that matched up the triangular patch I put in because of the broken corner. The patch is some left over curly maple so it adds some cool contrast.

Overall I am happy with my quick 4 hour build time desk and it beats working on the couch like I have been for the past several months.

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 12:16 AM

I think this turned out great and it’s a cool re-use of the granite. I can’t believe you got that piece of granite for $30!


-- CKM - Minnesota

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 12:16 AM

From my experience with stone in general, I am surprised you did not have to beef up the frame a lot more than it appears you did. It did make a cool looking desk.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 12:27 AM

Yeah I was pretty stoked about the price. It is a cool place that anyone in the DC area should check out.

Since I was building it kinda on a whim I decided to use what scraps I had already so that is why the legs are only 1 1/2 square, all the apron pieces are 7/8 inch thick and mortise and tenon jointed to the legs so it is pretty solid.

Eventually once I have my office back I will use the top for building a small bar and build a new bigger desk for my office this was a temporary fix to a problem :)

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 12:41 AM

I’d say you did real good. The desk looks great; it’ll be very satisfying working there; you made good use of scrap/onhand wood, and that sounds like a super buy on the granite. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 01:27 AM

Looks real nice. I’ve got a piece of granite for free that I am thinking about making into a coffee table. Any advice on cutting it?

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 01:34 AM

4 hours? Wow . . . great job.

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 01:59 AM

As for cutting the granite I used a circular saw with a diamond blade I had from doing some stone landscaping and took several light cuts. It came out ok, but the blade seamed to deflect so that cut is not 90 degrees and it is only somewhat straight. From everything I have read the best way is with a angle grinder and diamond blade, but I do not own an angle grinder. If you don’t have a diamond blade you can probably get an angle grinder (HF) and blade for less than the cost of the 7inch diamond blade.

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#8 posted 03-05-2010 02:45 AM

Wow that turned out nice, I too am jealous of your material find. Looks great; thanks for sharing it with us.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 02:53 AM

A basic angle grinder 4 to 4 1/2 inch is under 40 bucks. I find the need for one from time to time.

The old way is drill holes and score and chisel but that takes forever.

We have a store like that, donates to charity in Cincinnati, they have huge slabs a lot are broke in corners but great prices.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#10 posted 03-05-2010 02:56 AM

That is a gorgeous piece of stone! beautiful little desk

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#11 posted 03-05-2010 03:21 AM

Awesome looking table Brad.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 03-05-2010 03:43 AM

That’s really great looking, It came out beautiful…

-- Rick

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#13 posted 03-05-2010 04:03 AM

Great looking table. I need one like that.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#14 posted 03-05-2010 04:48 AM

Nice work, bro!

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#15 posted 03-05-2010 08:49 AM

Nice desk, it’s to bad about the granite corner. Still a great looking piece.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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