Sho Sugi Ban Desk (Reclaimed Pine/Iron/Glass)

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Project by nashvillenative posted 05-02-2019 04:17 PM 348 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second project using Sho Sugi Ban (burnt wood) and I am actually really happy with the finished product.

I had some leftover reclaimed pine boards from my first project so I decided to put them to use as the bottom of this desk. For the middle support pieces I went to my local HD and picked up some “whitewood” project pieces.

The Supports:

For the outside of the two furthest pieces I put an “alligator” char on them by not using a steel brush to remove the excess char and sealed it with 2 coats of high gloss poly. On the insides of the support pieces I did an intermediate burn and brushed heavily to remove excess char and create valleys for the weathered navy blue stain to grab on to. The stain was only on the wood for about 30 seconds before it was removed and finished with 1 coat of semigloss poly.

The Bottom:

I used the leftovers from my previous project to make a bottom to the desk. The grain pattern really pops with navy accents.

The Legs:

All .75” diameter iron pipe fittings.

The Top:

5/8” tempered glass. Fun fact: optical computer mice don’t work on glass. I knew this, but apparently forgot until it was time to use the desk.

Overall, I am very pleased with how this project turned out. I would definitely change the middle support pipes to allow me to actually put things underneath the glass as a makeshift shelf. They currently prohibit anything larger than a magazine.

Dimensions: 36”L x 24”W x 30”H
Materials: Reclaimed Pine/.75” Iron pipe fittings/tempered glass
Finish: Weathered Navy stain, Poly
Tools Used: Drill/Driver, Bi-Metal Hole Saw
Time to Build: 2 Weeks

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#1 posted 05-03-2019 02:37 AM

Cool desk. How do you seal the burnt wood smell?

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#2 posted 05-03-2019 06:31 PM

thanks Matt! Once the finish goes on there really isn’t any trace of the smell. Usually it just ends up smelling like boiled linseed oil.

-- "any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless"

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