Odd idea for a desk top ... would love feedback.

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Forum topic by jsol posted 08-19-2011 06:58 PM 1122 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2011 06:58 PM

hi folks- new to lumberjocks and to the forum, and new to woodworking, so please bear with me. i’m learning as i go, and am inspired by the level of knowledge and enthusiasm here, so thank you in advance!

i’m trying to make a desktop for my home studio. i have an old solid wood drafting table that i am thinking about cutting down to size. however, i’d like to do something a little more unique than that.

so the other day, i’m moving stacks of old 2×4s and cut lumber, and i came up with an idea of cutting .25” or .5” end pieces off the 2×4s and adhering them to the desktop, almost like in a brick pattern. i thought it would give it a unique texture and make use of material that i already have … reclaimed products are all the rage now.

so my questions are:

1 is this idea so rife with problems it’s a lost cause?

2 what glue or material to use for the adhesive?

3 how to make the desktop uniform again … assuming sanding would take a long time?

4 how to seal the top to fill in the gaps between wood pieces, and smooth out the surface?

any and all feedback is appreciated.

-- jsol

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#1 posted 08-19-2011 07:10 PM

Search for end grain flooring on this page or end grain walls. There is a jock here who did an entire floor like that.

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#2 posted 08-19-2011 07:27 PM

thanks GIZMODYNE. just did the search, and found almost exactly what i was envisioning. thanks for the tip.


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#3 posted 08-19-2011 07:30 PM

It would take a lot of time and effort, the 2×4s would all need to be jointed and planed square, the cuts (which there would be a ton) would have to be accurate and and square using a stop block. So if you can can make all the hundreds of pieces identical and get them installed square it could work. But there will be some time in it.

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