Computer desk

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Project by Carl W Richardson posted 01-06-2012 05:43 PM 1421 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this computer desk for a Christmas present for my sister-in-law. Milled the oak from rough-sawn oak that had been laying around for quite a while.. The drawer pedestals are oak ply and everything else is milled oak.

I bought the keyboard tray from Staples instead of designing and building one from oak. Not happy with the finish.. I used satin Poly with the stain already mixed in… wanted a dark finish and put on 4 coats to get the color I wanted but the finish “blotched” when some areas seemed to capture more stain than others.. First coat looked good but blotching appeared on second coat and got worse with each new application.. In the future, I’ll use this mixture for ‘one-coat’ projects and use stain and Poly separately..

Sister-in-law was very happy and thought the finish looked “antiquey”.

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 05:59 PM

This turned out well a very nice gift.

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 07:38 PM


Been awhile. I see why. Keep on keepin on!

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 02:03 AM

I like this. Think I need to incorporate what you have done in a new desk for my wife. Thank you for sharing.


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#4 posted 05-23-2012 02:29 PM

Have you considered Charles Neils “blotch control”?

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#5 posted 05-23-2012 02:46 PM

Reply to DocSavage45:
I have read many articles on blotching since making that desk and believe that a thinned down coat of varnish before I apply stain should do the trick..

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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