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Make a Wood Desk or Furniture Item from Scratch – Complete

I have had this beautiful wooden desk since I was at least five years old and maybe longer than that. The problem with it was that it was to small. I could not slide an office chair under it which meant I had to lean forward to do anything on my desk. Also, once I put my laptop on it, there was not much surface area left.

So when I decided on my wood building project, I briefly flirted with the idea of making adirondack chairs for the deck but ultimately knew my desk would take center stage.

Rather than simply build an entirely new desk, I decided to take the base structure of my old desk and add on to it. this way, I could preserve much of the history of my old desk but modernize it a bit. I have kept the main two legs complete with the drawers and original fixtures. I removed the center drawer in order to widen the desk and then have built a support structure on to the back and sides in order to support a much bigger top.

I still need to add some trim to tidy up the look and feel of the desk and then rout a design into the top edges before I can stain it. But, this desk is pretty much complete in that it is currently functional. Everything else is aesthetics at this point and because it is design work, I am going to make sure that I get the final look and feel I want. I am happy to have this complete and look forward to using it for another 25+ years.

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2 Responses

  1. each of your articles give me a lot information. keep the good works..and I hope you put some videos, it would be great for the readers

  2. Love the reuse instead of trashing the old desk!!

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