My desk (Very 1st ever project attempted) Handles on now!

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Project by webean03 posted 676 days ago 1722 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here’s a picture of the almost completed first project I attempted. Took awhile with my surgery right in the middle, so I had a bit of help removing the nails with the cats claw from my father seeing I only had one arm to work with. All recycled wood, I do now have the handles on the drawers, but yet have to seal the top of the desk therefore, there is one more pice to be added after that’s done so I can attach the top! Works for now!! Perfect for my microscope, laptop and books, etc.

Will post finished….when I can get my strength back to do so…quite the heavy desktop! Any suggestions on what to seal the top with?!!

-- Not all those who wander are lost~

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#1 posted 676 days ago

A totally unique desk ,well done.

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#2 posted 676 days ago

Unique is my passion!! One of a kind, every time! Thank you!

-- Not all those who wander are lost~

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#3 posted 676 days ago

I like it…I think I’d give it a couple coats of lacquer…let dry for week and put a piece of glass on it…easy to write on and still see the wood…

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#4 posted 676 days ago

Indeed! I have glass on it now, to protect it until I finnish the top. So no to a couple coats of Poly, or something like that?

-- Not all those who wander are lost~

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#5 posted 676 days ago

This is a great looking desk! This would be impressive at any stage in your ww hobby, let alone for your first project.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 676 days ago

I really like the look of this.

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#7 posted 676 days ago

Very impressive. Would love to see more photos, especially of the build itself. As for a finish, Wipe on Poly might work fine. You can buy that or make it. Basically (and fellow LJ’s correct if wrong) 50:50 Mineral Spirits and Poly.

Just wipe it on, rub it in, wipe off and a little light sanding and wipe on another coat. Here’s an example of how nice it can come out.

-- Harold

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#8 posted 675 days ago

That’s really gorgeous! What did you use for plans/inspiration?

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#9 posted 675 days ago

It is heavenly and rustic! I want a desk like that!

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#10 posted 675 days ago

You might look into finshing the top with Danish Oil…it enhances the grain, cures IN the wood. It’s what I used for my workbench top an it holds up well, but isn’t very glossy or anything.

I think it’d be a shame to leave glass on the top of a piece that’s a little rustic, so leaving the top un-glassed seems perfect.

Very nice work!!!!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#11 posted 675 days ago

very nice desk.

If you plan on using a glass top on top of the wood you can finish it with anything really – easiest would be boiled-linseed-oil which you can wipe on, leave for 15 minutes, then wipe off any excess. the oil will penetrate the wood to protect it but will not form a film on top – since you are using a glass ‘protection’ you don’t really need the protective film that lacquer/poly provides.

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#12 posted 675 days ago

Looks great for a first project. I personally would use polyurathane for the entire desk. Very hard and durable. Also will prevent the wood from absorbing or losing moisture causing movement. Your can wipe on some boiled linseed oil to bring out the grain before applying the poly. The glass is still a good idea because it will provide an even, smooth surface for writing.

-- Julian

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#13 posted 675 days ago

I wasn’t planning on leaving the glass after I treat it, it’s just to protect for now! Thank You for all of the comments, I will post more photos of “in process” work soon as well! Plans/inspiration….I’m a single mother who goes to school, works in the woods, therefore, I’m broke! ha The wood was left over from my father that he needed to dispose of. The barn wood for the top was from a The restore in Green Bay, WI that I got really cheap. I cried when he told me what he would sell it to me for when I told him what I was trying to make! Plans…I had a picture of it in my head? I’m not too sure?!

-- Not all those who wander are lost~

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#14 posted 675 days ago

Beautifully done. Very nice project for a 1st. You’ve got lotsa talent I see. Look forward to seein more o your projects.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 675 days ago

That is a very unique and beautiful desk. I love the look of the recycled wood but it may be a little soft for a desk top if you expect it to not dent from abuse. I’d be tempted to do the top with BLO and keep the glass for protection. I did a double length desk ( 11’ long) for my office of recycled Douglas Fir from my dad’s barn. I put numerous coats of wiped on Spar urethane but it still shows dents and dings.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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