This desk was made with a lot of love for my wife, but maybe not all that much knowledge or woodworking skill, but I'm very pleased with the results and thought I'd share here too.
She needed a desk to do school work and I thought... why not try to build her one...so I I basically just Pinterested until I found something I thought Missy would like. And came across this link; https://overthebigmoon.com/diy-file-cabinet-desk-blendtec-giveaway/ We planned to add file cabinets as they did here, but realized, one, they are expensive, and two I cannot control the height of them... So I decided to build legs where I could measure them out to get specific height she wanted the desktop be. I did some research into legs and how they get built and ultimately sketched out what I thought I could actually build my first time around. As you'll see, when I started, I only had a RYOBI POWER TOOLS drill and some screws. I luckily had a jigsaw to make some cuts, but as you'll see I made a major upgrade to finish the legs. And... I realized what pocket holes were too... So I got a Kreg Tool set too. As I said, LOTS of learning happened with my first build. After figuring out the legs, did some cutting on my new toy and like Legos (how I described it to Maddy) I put the pieces together one by one. Decided on stain from Varathane simply because I wanted to test out a new kind, get a color specific to what Missy wanted, and I really liked the result. I used a pre-stain conditioner for the top, then simply wiped on the stain using a clothe. Was my first time using this type too, so another lesson learned. After staining came the top coat. I decided on Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint Varnish in Satin, even using my BIG OLE ClingOn B12, which worked AH MAZ ING!!!
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I even added some pics of it wet, and then dry after you'll see how it worked out. We carried the top in, then the legs and I attached them in the house, as this desk is 8FT LONG!!! But as you'll see, works for the space and gives the boss LOTS of space to work. Really couldn't be happier with the results and KNOW this will not be my last. So for a guy more comfortable with a brush then power tools, I gave it a go and ended up with this desk for my wife. She's working on her Masters degree and I really wanted a special place for her to have to accomplish this. And now each time she sits down to do her school work, she'll know that LOVE quite literally surrounds her as she goes after her goal. And for those who've followed along and have asked about how I did this, I'll include more details in the pics and have included the link to how I started it above. And... if this is something you'd like to try, don't be intimidated by power tools, as I admittedly was at first. Once you play a lil, you'll get the hang of it and see just how much fun this could be. I may never add this to my business, but I'll surely build more for my home. And as I learn more and get more skilled, maybe... just maybe I'll need to add "building" to my tag line ;)
Hope everyone is having a blessed day, and enjoys the walk through of my special build. And as always... Happy... well, Building or Painting I guess ;)