|Project by David||posted 01-18-2013 04:53 AM||2305 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
I needed a desk quickly to put my computer on, so I went to Home Depot and bought some SPF 2×8s. This is what came out of it, nothing fancy but it gets the computer off the floor.
For the desk top I cut 2 of the 2×8s in half, face and edge jointed them with my newly purchased 8in Powermatic jointer and planed them down to a little over 1” thick. I glued them all together and had a nice flat top… for about 24 hours. The next day I went down into my shop to find the top had warped about 1/2” out of flat.
Rather than redo the top and have it warp again, I decided to use the brute force approach (also great stress relief). I clamped it to my bench, took some straight pieces of scrap and used a few lag bolts to teach it a lesson. I oversized the holes to allow for wood movement and called it good. It has been a few weeks and so far it has remained flat enough that you have to look along the edge to notice any warp.
The frame is made of pieces of 2×8 surfaced down to about 1.25”x1”, mortise and tenon joinery.
Dimensions: 24” deep, 44” wide, 29” tall.
Finish is a heavy coat of tung oil followed by 3 coats of satin wipe on poly on the top and 2 coats on the frame.
At first this was going to be a temporary solution, but the more I sit at it the more I find I like the way it turned out. Amazing how cheap construction lumber can make something nice.
-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/