|Project by JayT||posted 531 days ago||1204 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
After being inspired by Elwood 89's desks, I decided to make one using similar construction for my wife. She has been wanting a small desk for her computer, paying bills and other small tasks. The Singer treadle sewing machine was purchased at an auction very cheap, as the original wood was so torn up as to be worthless. The barn wood came from a friend at the right price—free!
After wire brushing the sewing machine base to remove the rust, it was sprayed with rust converting primer and semi-gloss rattle can black. The barn wood was pressure washed, allowed to dry and then sorted and selected (pic 2) to make a nice looking top. Picture three shows how I left some of the character of the wood. One end of each plank and both edges of the top were left as found to provide more character and then the other ends were trimmed to make the final length. After the planks were glued together, the bottom surface was hand planed smooth and then glued to a substrate of 3/4 plywood for strength. Finish is epoxy bar finish to allow for a smooth writing surface, while still allowing the original rough sawn blade marks to show through (pic 4).
The still working treadle base is offset under the top to allow for a small single drawer file cabinet/printer stand to slide underneath. That is a project for the near future.
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