Barn wood and Singer desk

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Project by JayT posted 09-29-2012 09:20 PM 3077 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After being inspired by Elwood 89's desks, I decided to make one using similar construction for my wife. She has been wanting a small desk for her computer, paying bills and other small tasks. The Singer treadle sewing machine was purchased at an auction very cheap, as the original wood was so torn up as to be worthless. The barn wood came from a friend at the right price—free!

After wire brushing the sewing machine base to remove the rust, it was sprayed with rust converting primer and semi-gloss rattle can black. The barn wood was pressure washed, allowed to dry and then sorted and selected (pic 2) to make a nice looking top. Picture three shows how I left some of the character of the wood. One end of each plank and both edges of the top were left as found to provide more character and then the other ends were trimmed to make the final length. After the planks were glued together, the bottom surface was hand planed smooth and then glued to a substrate of 3/4 plywood for strength. Finish is epoxy bar finish to allow for a smooth writing surface, while still allowing the original rough sawn blade marks to show through (pic 4).

The still working treadle base is offset under the top to allow for a small single drawer file cabinet/printer stand to slide underneath. That is a project for the near future.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 12:01 AM

beautiful love the finish and glad you left the character of the wood.i would imagine the wifey is very happy with it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 09:45 PM

A very fine use of the Singer base. I have an old one in the garage and, I think, you just inspired me to use it! Nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 06:06 PM

Some of us OLD things are worth saving!

Nice ideas and work!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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