Desk for my home office

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Project by shouldwork posted 10-14-2013 10:26 AM 860 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a desk for myself over the last week. It’s the first real piece of furniture I’ve ever built by myself. I wanted a simple desk with a lot of workspace. I didn’t want drawers inhibiting the ability to move from side to side on the desk and still be square to it. I don’t like knee hole type desks anyway. I’ll build a hutch to go on top of this desk at some point but that will also exhibit the same simple lines of this desk.

The material was all birch wood and plywood. Plywood makes up the legs, which taper in from 23” at the bottom to 18” at the top. They are 29.25 tall. I edged them with 1×1 birch and added 1×2 birch to the top and bottom of them for feet and a mounting place for the top and underframe.

The top is a 19×45 plywood center with 1×4 and 1×3 to edge the plywood and give size. Total top size is 24×52. The span under the desk is 45”.

I finished the desk by sanding up to 220 and then Minwax products: Pre-stain conditioner and polyshades Bombay mahogany. I applied the first coat and let it sit overnight. Then I applied the second coat in the morning. That afternoon, I sanded with 400 and applied 1 more coat to the top and foot kicker (most visible and highly trafficked areas). I followed that with a final rub (using 400 soapy wet) the following morning and then let it sit outside one more day to reduce smell. But, it’s Sunday now and I need to go to work in the morning so I brought it in to clear my workspace of it so that I could clean up my tools and “back patio”... er… “workshop”?

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 01:58 AM

Looks really nice

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 02:14 AM

Thank you – It’ s funny because I actually posted this 1 month ago (approx) and it just got approved on the site today

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#3 posted 10-17-2013 02:31 PM

Looks good and well made. Like the minimalist look and the great finish. Great job and welcome to LJ’s!

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