New Simple Desk, Old Tabletop

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Project by L3Woodworks posted 10-25-2010 05:38 AM 2420 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my birthday a couple years ago my wife bought me my first tablesaw. It’s not much, but it fit our (tiny) budget, and left a little left over to buy a little wood. So, I decided to do what I’d been dreaming of for some time, and take the old tabletop that had been pushed into a corner of our garage for years, and make a desk out of it. The table it had topped was so terribly made (by me) that it lasted the first 3 years of our marriage, but didn’t survive a move across the country. The top, however, was still in decent shape.

With my small budget, I bought a couple sheets of 3/4 plywood at Home Depot (obviously, not even the best stock they had) and created this simple desk.

I wanted the most versatile and simple desk I could think of. The box containing the computer that you see in the first picture was made with leftover ply, and made only after the fact to keep the computer off of the floor, if only just barely. And the only hardware installed would be the keyboard tray, which I wanted to span the entire width of the desk.

I am mostly pleased with how it turned out. I see plenty of flaws, but it’s very sturdy, and gives me plenty of workspace. And, I found a way to keep the top, which carries so many great memories with it.

Edit: The desk caddy/monitor stand on the desktop was built more recently, and I will post it separately.

Edit: Forgot to mention, the finish was dictated by that of the original tabletop: just several coats of poly, sanded lightly with fine paper between coats.

-- We are all just one moment of arrogance away from disaster

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 05:51 AM

Looks like it wil serve its purpose. Good job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 10:37 AM

For a small budget, great job. With the keyboard tray that big, I could have all my meals on it and still work.{Just kidding} Good job and I also like the finish.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 11:07 AM

It’s a nice looking desk and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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