|Project by AngieO||posted 05-21-2013 01:30 PM||1858 views||5 times favorited||22 comments|
This is one of my favorite kinds of projects…. ones made from FREE material. I found this cute little lapdesk on a blog I follow and decided that I could really use it and that I probably had the materials already on hand for the job.
At work we recently acquired a new building. It’s a large pole barn with extremely high ceilings. There was a partial wall built that was about 4×8. It was constructed out of 2×3’s with bead board on one side and plywood on the other. Then there was a nice 1×12 shelf along the top. When we acquired the building the boss immediately wanted to demolish the wall. Before he took a sledge hammer to it and destroyed it I reminded him that I’m a wood hoarder (he had no idea how bad I am… lol). So instead he lovingly disassembled it and brought it all over to me.
I used the 2×3’s for the legs and the side braces. The 1×12 was used for the top and the bottom and I used pallet wood for the frame.
I cut the 2×3’s down to 2×2’s and put all the pallet wood into the planer so they would be all the same thickness.
I assembled the middle portion first (kinda looked like a drawer). Then added the four legs and the two side 2×2 braces.
I used glue and my brad nailer.
I used Minwax Special Walnut to stain it. .
I’m still working on my finishing skills. I used a coat of poly on it and it seems to have “grayed” it. Any suggestions?
Not that I mind… I really like the way it turned out. And I’m the one that’s going to be using it so I love it. But if I was making it for someone else I would prefer a better finish.
This was also my first time attaching any hardware. The hinge on the right side is a bit crooked. But again… it’s for me so I was ok with that. It was another successful learning experience.
Of course… Gotta have lumberjocks pulled up on my ipad for the pic… and what better use of the storage space than to put some of my favorite magazines in it :)
In the gallery pics you’ll notice my big ole bound book of Shop Notes. LOVE IT! Sadly not mine. Borrowing from a friend. But trying to absorb all the info I can from it while I have them.
As always…. I love to hear comments back from you guys. I’ve learned a lot. Please feel free to give me some constructive criticism. I’m a pretty tough girl… I can take it. LOL. Especially about the finishing. While I’m pleased with it… there’s still lots to learn and what better way than words from people who have done it time and time again.
Thanks for looking!