Standing Desk

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Project by 12strings posted 812 days ago 1795 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a standing Desk I made for my Pastor’s Doctor of Ministry Graduation. It is a surprise for the middle of May, but he is not a woodworker, and so I’m fairly confident he will not see this in the next few weeks. He has been talking about wanting one, and even picked out this general design when he was talking with me about making it a few years ago, but he decided not to go ahead with it at the time. So his wife secretly commissioned me to make it for this occasion.

Wood is Oak & Oak plywood. Stain is Minwax Dark Walnut, with 3 coats of poly on the most visible parts, 2 coats on the rest, 4 on the desktop. I found the design on a picture online and just tried to copy it, with very few alterations. It’s mostly held together with glue ad pocket screws, as well as some dados joining the main sides into the legs. It smells like poly right now, but hopefully a few weeks will dissipate most of the smell.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 812 days ago

Nice. I’m sure he’ll love it.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#2 posted 812 days ago

Well done! I’ve added it to my favorites (aka “to-do” list).

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#3 posted 812 days ago

It’s very nice and well done. I’m sure he’ll like it.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 812 days ago

Nice! I’ve been meaning to make one of these for myself.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 811 days ago

That is wonderful! As a pastor, I’m sure he will love it. (And if he doesn’t, let me know.) ;-)

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#6 posted 811 days ago

That looks really nice, I love the bold grain pattern from the Oak Plywood.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 811 days ago

Very nice job sir! I’ve seen a lot of designs for these but this one takes the blue ribbon. Thank you for sharing it with us. I’m sure your paster will love it. cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#8 posted 811 days ago

thats a great gift you have made for him, i wish i could see his face when he gets it, maybe you should post a few pictures here in this post with him getting it, i know i would enjoy seeing that…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 811 days ago

beautiful desk and great workmanship. I’m sure your pastor will be thrilled to receive such a thoughtful gift.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 811 days ago

He should be mightily happy with the fine desk. Thanks for Sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#11 posted 811 days ago

that is really nice! the foot rest seems to be just the right height; looks like a comfortable spot to work, read or give a speech

-- John - Central PA -

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