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Project by SirFatty posted 05-08-2012 12:35 PM 2474 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve built two of these desks, both for my two sons. Since their rooms are small, I wanted to design something that would give them a lot of space to work, but not look like it fills up the room.

The material is reclaimed 2×4s that have been milled down to remove the rounded edges and other defects. The entire project was glued and screwed, using pocket holes for the frame.

The top is 1/2” MDF with 4” square blocks glued to the underside to register it to the frame. The top was then wrapped in the scrap pine left over from the milling process. You can see my old Grizzy brad nailer in the picture, still going strong after 15 years.

The entire project was covered with semi-gloss poly, about 5 coats with a light sanding between each. No stain, they wanted it to look natural.

An easy build, could have been completed in a day, but life gets in the way sometimes!

Measured drawing is here.

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 01:52 PM

Nice desk. Don’t you love that Kreg fixture!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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workerinwood

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 02:03 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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craigo

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 09:02 PM

great job well done!

-- making something from nothing, and making it your own... thats life.

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 01:18 AM

Very nice, well done.

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

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SirFatty

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#5 posted 05-12-2012 12:53 PM

Thanks all,

Yes, I do enjoy the Kreg… but somehow it makes me feel like I’m being lazy. Not sure why… maybe because the projects go together so fast and easy?

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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#6 posted 07-02-2012 05:44 PM

Very nice SirFatty!

The only suggestion that I can see…
... your pocket screw holes, in the back, should have been done from the other side so they would be out of sight.

Other than that, very simple… very functional… very COOL…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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SirFatty

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 11:54 AM

Hi Joe,

Thanks! The back pocket holes will be against a wall, so they will not be too noticeable

-Dave

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 06:14 PM

OK Dave… fine… but, I still think it would have been a better practice to have them on the inside.
What if it’s moved out… where people can see it… it would show… No biggy… just pickin at you… LOL

Looks OK!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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SirFatty

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#9 posted 07-06-2012 01:03 AM

Yeah, I actually struggled a bit with the who idea of the pocket holes.. and whether I would even use them. My kids like the look though. I appreciate your honest feedback!

Dave

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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glatzenator

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#10 posted 07-11-2012 07:55 PM

Very nice work, it’s surprising how good a 2×4 can look when you mill it down. Always a fan of reclaimed wood projects.

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SirFatty

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#11 posted 07-14-2012 12:16 PM

Thanks! Yes, and the picture doesn’t really do it justice. I’m installing the matching drawers today, maybe those pictures will show the desk in a better light!

-Dave

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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JHIM

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#12 posted 11-25-2013 09:12 PM

i think that is an ideal location for the pocket holes sicne the desk is designed to be up against a wall..sometimes i put holes where i think they are out of sight and sure enough when im standing back looking at it my eyes go right to them..and its not being lazy its manganging yout time wisely! nice work

-- "the hard jobs will take a while..the impossible will take a bit longer"

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