Girls Desk

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Project by Jim posted 07-28-2008 01:03 AM 1263 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was to create a simple little desk for my daughters room. Her room doesn’t have a lot of room to spare so the desk had to be functional yet small enough to fit. The design is my own. It is made from Alder with an MDF top covered in an Arborite writing surface (green to match the theme of the room). The top is then trimmed out with a molding made from Alder and a 1/2 ” roundover. Finally the skirt, drawer and legs of the desk are painted in several coats of high gloss white. The trim around the desk top is left natural with a wipe on poly finish. I decided to leave that natural to give a break between the fairly dark desktop and the rest of the desk that is bright white. I wish I could say I spent many hours on a lathe forming the legs but I cheated, they are actually staircase spindles that have been trimmed to give the correct desk height. No one will ever know they weren’t custom desk legs :-)

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 07-28-2008 01:06 AM

I’ve used the stair spindles in the past and to my way of thinking it’s rather creative and makes for nice looking legs. A very nice desk.

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#2 posted 07-28-2008 02:31 AM

This is really nice. Great design. It looks like a Sheraton style end table. Kudos to the usage of stair spindles as well.

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#3 posted 07-28-2008 05:17 AM

Very Nice.

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#4 posted 08-01-2008 08:38 PM

Great design.

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