After hours of trawling the internet in search of the perfect desk (not to big, with a shelf for the printer and something that doesn't look 'officey') I realised the only way to get what I wanted was to win the lottery OR to make one.
STEP 1 - Find yourself some boards.
Scaffold boards are pretty easy to come by, you can pick up new ones at your local DIY place or have a hunt for some second hand bargains online on gumtree, ebay, freecycle etc or a reclamation/salvage yard. Or better yet just ask around! We got ours from a local builder who was just going to chop them up as fire wood!
STEP 2 - Measure, Cut and Prepare.
An average desk height is 74cm. For our design the table top sits on top of the legs so dont forget to account for the thickness of the boards when measuring you leg height! e.g In our case the boards are 7cm thick so the legs had to be 67cm high. We were also going to add 1 plank deep shelf in-between so that needed to be the full width minus the width of the 2 legs.
Once all the pieces were cut (2x 120cm lengths for the top, 4x 67cm for legs and 1x 106cm for the shelf) you can then prepare the wood. As ours were used boards they were pretty rough and dirty so we started off by planing (we hired an electric plane) then I got to work smoothing them off with my trusty sander. Finally I rounded off the sharp edges by hand with a fine sandpaper.
Step 3 - Put the Puzzle Together!
To make this part easier you can attach your pieces using brackets and screws but being complete novices we managed to picked a method based on what it would look like which turned out to be the most complicated, fiddly way of doing it - Dowling Joints and Glue.
For each or the pieces being joined together measure and mark where to drill the dowel holes . Cut dowels to 10cm lengths. Stick LOADS of glue into the drilled holes of one board and bung in the dowel then fill the holes with glue on the 2nd board and sandwich it all together!
Once together we clamped the pieces tight and left the glue to dry overnight, to be honest this was probably overkill as the glue dried super quick!
dining table and mantle so I went for a small tin of Fiddes Hard Wax Oil in English Oak which I got off ebay for less than £10. I applied it using a soft cloth and buffed off the excess. A little goes along way and it leaves a beautiful soft feel with no residue and perfectly protects the wood .
Cover the whole thing with 2 coats, leave to dry, stand back and admire!
As its the first time every we have made anything like this its not perfect, yes theres a gap on the front right leg where it doesn't quite meet the top, yes some of the wood is dented and a bit rough but you know what I LOVE IT!
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