|Project by ChrisJ||posted 08-03-2011 04:49 AM||4137 views||14 times favorited||9 comments|
I had been wanting to make my own desk for a while and when I changed positions at work it was the perfect time. I had been reading a lot about the benefits of standing desks and decided to give that a try. I searched online to find one that I liked—since they’re becoming so popular, there are many to choose from. Once I found this style I used SketchUp to draw the plan and set to it.
I got to try out a lot of things I’ve never done before: laminating (2” square legs), building drawers, putting a nice finish on instead of simply painting, and inlaying (imitation) leather. It was a good experience all told, just took way longer than I anticipated.
The desk is primarily made of Poplar except for the flat side (Birch ply edged with poplar) and the back of the slanted side (made a measuring mistake and ran out of wood; nearest supply is 50 minutes and I got impatient). I used pocket holes for the desk and the slant top lid (which opens), making my own plugs. Finish is a specially mixed stain that I got from a co-worker with spar varnish over the top, 4 super-thin coats. Not sure it’s enough for the long term but we’ll see.
I’m pleased with how it turned out for the most part. You can see cut marks in the legs where my jitterbug sander just wasn’t enough but that’s really the only thing that catches my eye when I walk in my office in the morning. Next, I’m going to make a footstool and a bookshelf stained to match.