Reclaimed Writing Desk

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Project by StevePWL posted 01-27-2008 04:50 AM 1775 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I had an old wood futon that had cracked so we decided to replace it. I couldn’t bear to throw out perfectly good hardwood but it was all in 3 1/2 strips. My kids needed a desk for their room so I figured it was worth a shot. I think it came out okay for my first try at a desk. I planed, jointed and glued up about 18 pcs for the top, doubled up 2 pcs for each of the tapered legs and used the rest for the frame. The top was secured with the Z clips instead of glue and screws to allow for expansion. The drawer was cut from the same piece as the face to match the grain. I put a coat of Mahogany gel stain and 4 coats of WB Poly. The kids love it – I just wish there was enough left to make a chair. I’m really not sure what type of wood it is as this was an Asian import futon. Any ideas? It does look like some type of mahogany.

-- Steve, Massachusetts,

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#1 posted 01-27-2008 04:54 AM

Good job! If it’s real heavy it’s probably philippine magohany or Meranti.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-27-2008 05:00 AM

Way to go Steve,,,,,,,Great way to re-use the lumber. To bad there’s not enough left to make the chair.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#3 posted 01-27-2008 05:01 AM

Beautiful! I really like the grain on the table top. Great job!!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 06:27 AM

Really… that’s a great job.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 07:40 AM

Great looking desk – and use of lumber, much better than throwing it away. Your children should cherish this desk for years to come. I have one very similar to it that was made for me when I was a child (don’t really know who built it). I used it through school, my two sons used it through their school years and now my oldest granddaughter is using it.

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

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#6 posted 01-27-2008 08:27 AM

That is fantastic! A beautiful job made so much more beautiful because the wood was recycled. I can’t tell you how much I love stuff like this.

I’ve been using bed trundles and futon frames for many projects, although not nearly as beautiful as the desk you’ve made. So far I’ve made a kid’s picnic table, my clamp cart, dozens of knick-knacks, and as components pieces for larger projects. Right now I’m making a cart for my pancake air compressor and it’s made from lumber from a bed trundle.

Keep up the amazing work!!!

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#7 posted 01-27-2008 11:39 AM

Very nice. I always like to hear about ‘repurposed’ wood.

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#8 posted 01-27-2008 06:42 PM

Really a great reclaim!

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

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#9 posted 01-28-2008 04:50 AM

Every time we reclaiam some lumber we save part of a tree. Good work. And my guess on the wood is Luan which is a kind of cheap mahogany used on door skins and pallets. Looks great finished though doesnt it?!!?

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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#10 posted 01-28-2008 05:11 AM

Looks Great Steve. Good re-use of the wood.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 01-28-2008 05:22 PM

Wonderful! I love to see lumber re-purposed into new beautiful furniture.

-- Paul, Texas

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#12 posted 02-02-2008 03:24 AM

Thanks everyone – it was a great project and the kids are making good use of the desk so far.

-- Steve, Massachusetts,

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