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Forum topic by Woodpecker23 posted 02-01-2016 06:09 AM 522 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodpecker23

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02-01-2016 06:09 AM

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My wife has very politely asked me to build her a new office desk… by ask I mean told me to build her one lol. She wants it built out of some reclaimed barn board I haven’t used yet. Currently I am working on the table top portion of it and as I’m working on it I realize because it’s barn board and she wants all the imperfections and saw marks left alone and keep it as old looking as possible I ran into a little concern. It is going to be a desk and used for more then just the computer so it need to be flat and smooth so it can be used for writing and such with out actually feeling the imperfections. She wants it a matte or least a satin finish. Does anyone have any advice on this???

I have been digging a little and thought an epoxy resin to level it and make it smooth but I haven’t noticed a matte or satin epoxy…only glossy. I want to make it as natural as possible. Any thoughts or ideas would be amazing!

-- measure once, cut twice...swear repeatedly


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#1 posted 02-01-2016 06:15 AM

How about leaving it natural, and just make a writing board? An epoxy finish will IMHO take away from the natural look she wants.

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#2 posted 02-01-2016 06:24 AM



How about leaving it natural, and just make a writing board? An epoxy finish will IMHO take away from the natural look she wants.

- conifur


I agree an epoxy finish will take away from the look. I’m not sure a writing board is the route I’m looking to go in but it is definitely an option.

-- measure once, cut twice...swear repeatedly

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conifur

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#3 posted 02-01-2016 06:35 AM

That was just one of many options to explore and still leave the desk top natural. You could do a side board with with a smooth top? A pull out like for a key board shelf?

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#4 posted 02-01-2016 12:53 PM

You can always knock the gloss of the epoxy. Another option would be leave the top “rough” and get a custom glass top cut to fit.

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#5 posted 02-02-2016 04:49 AM

You can also leave the barn look, and put a desk pad on it. http://www.theelegantoffice.com/mocha-leather-desk-pad-34x20/

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