We decided to get crafty in the Saou household. Perhaps we bit off a little more than we could chew, but our desk project has been so much fun! Aside from getting frustrated about part 3 (soon to come), I’m pretty pleased with the way our little desk is turning out.
Where did we leave off last time? I think we had some sides joined together with our nifty Kreg Jig, but hadn’t quite gotten them attached to anything yet. So you’ll never guess what we did next…
we joined the sides!
(That’s a clamp, by the way. A super intense, Kreg clamp. It’s AH-MAZING. I promise I don’t work for the folks at Kreg… they just make great stuff.)
*FYI: you see plywood here serving at the top of the desk, but we only used that for functional purposes. Of course, the next step after adding the legs was to join the boards for the top surface. We used a smattering of 1×2′s and 1×4′s to make a pretty sweet pattern.
More kreg drilling… then, with the joined boards, we begin to sand! My friend, Michelle, helped with her expert sanding skills. It made the time pass a lot quicker! (and always helps to have good company during a DIY project!)
And yes, that is actually 9 pieces of wood joined together. Unbelievable, I know! It’s so much easier than you think!
Anyway, we wiped off the sawdust and got to staining. Once the stain was set, we lacquered away. (I feel so posh using the word “lacquered” in my blog.)
Wesley, of course, was happy to oversee the whole ordeal.
Well, maybe not so much “happy.” He looks awfully critical in that picture.
Anyway, we now have a working, standing desk! There’s a part III in the works, since the sides are nowhere near done. Those shelves are giving me a beast of a time… but other than that, we’re super close to being done!
I am SO happy with our stain choice: Minwax “Dark Walnut.” It looks a little lighter in the second photo, but the first one is a little more true to life. You all are welcome to come by and see it in person anytime! (Especially those of you living far away– come visit!)
It’s pretty unbelievable that you can build something from pieces of raw wood and screws. I’m still pretty shocked that it stands, truth be told! Let’s hope it’s still standing a few years from now…!