Oak Desk from recycled wood

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Project by kjwoodworking posted 2455 days ago 2110 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a desk I built from old used 3/4”pine plywood covered with the backside of 1/4” oak plywood and edged with oak from pallets. I cut the 1/4” ply into 4” wide strips to cover the pine. Money was tight and my daughter needed a desk so I built this one for her one Christmas with what materials I had.

-- Kirk H. --

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#1 posted 2455 days ago

nice desk. like the choice of the rustic oak. Good looking project

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 2455 days ago

great use of recycled materials. I like the design and “naturalness” of this one. Is your daughter a southpaw too? – mine has me looking at the world in whole new way (one not neccessarily engineered for her… but I’m noticing more left handed people around me lately… so this would be perfect for several people I know.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 2455 days ago

Nice looking desk, and looks to be very sturdy. Bet your daughter loved it….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 2455 days ago

Just an outstanding piece of workmanship. Very cool.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 2455 days ago

Great looking desk – I like the idea of using recycled materials – I bet your daughter loved it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 2455 days ago

great desk-beautiful work with recycled material

-- Spread love with our work

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#7 posted 2455 days ago

Quite an interesting collection of wood. Excellent job putting it together!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 2454 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments.
Scott actually my son is a lefty and my daughter is right handed. I set the desk up for her facing left with her arm supported by the desk for using a computer mouse. The desk is small at 2’x4’ so the monitor sits right over the drawers. Maybe she will get a flat monitor for xmas and be able to sit straight at the desk.

She did and still loves the desk Bill and Max. We were finally offered high speed Internet where we live and I got a wireless router so she is glued to the desk now surfing the web.

I do enjoy working with pallet wood. You never know what find of natural design you are going to end up with until you cut it.

-- Kirk H. --

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#9 posted 2454 days ago

Man, that’s a nice desk.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 2454 days ago

Great way to utilize what resources you have!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 2454 days ago

Love the grain pattern and the natural look!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#12 posted 2201 days ago

Ahh yes , pallets are an never ending supply of beautiful wood , but don’t tell anyone else , ok ? I’ve made several projects from pallet wood in the past ...Sometimes they are like gold waiting to be discovered : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 2006 days ago

Good stuff! Looking through the rest of your projects now as well. You sound like my kind of wood worker: “money was tight, and this is what I had on hand!” That’s right where I am at!

-- Jace - - - --

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#14 posted 2006 days ago

Nothing Better then Recycled Wood Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 1851 days ago

I think some projects, like this one look better with used materials then new clean wood. I try and recycle wood whenever I get a chance. Your Daughter should be PROUD, it’s a kepper.


-- John

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