If you’re like most people who have an office job, you probably sit for the majority of your day, only getting up to take lunch or use the restroom. Architectural salvage and rural antique shops are also good sources for reclaimed wood. Spread your wings and your paperwork with a desk that places a premium on workspace The legs are sturdy yet architecturally interesting—the top is ample and user-friendly. The metal framework underneath it prevents the desk from flexing when you put a lot of weight on it. The table top is made from reclaimed wood, which means that every piece of furniture is unique and slightly different from each other.
Now if your table legs are not level (or, in our case, if the floor is really not level) you will need to adjust the legs to keep the table solidly in place. This three-sided frame helps to contain paperwork, stray pencils and books, but there’s a trade-off: A top frame limits the usefulness of the desk as a table. You can also attach a wood rim around the edge of the countertop underside to brace the legs at the top. Whichever shape you prefer, make sure you know the measurements of your room and the desk’s measurements so you can be sure the desk will fit properly and won’t impede traffic flow, etc.
I wanted all black pipe but couldn’t find some important pieces in black so I got galvanized pipe instead. I understand being cautious… I had an old table saw my dad gave me that scared me to death every time I turned it on. I saved for a year to buy the one I have now and it came complete with all sorts of safety devices! No blood or missing fingers from Brian or friends – he’s very cautious of table saw safety, since we know a couple people missing fingers from table saw use. To accentuate the existing wood tone, apply a clear furniture wax or polyurethane. However, decoupage map magic could easily transform any desk that needs a face lift.
I have looked numerous other posts on here and it seems the most popular options are Ikea legs , Steel pipes or Hairpin legs I like the design of the hairpin legs but am worried they will not be as sturdy as the steel pipes. It’s almost identical to the standard Bekant desk which is a simple particleboard desktop with a stain-resistant veneer and a handy cable management net hidden underneath the surface. Home Depot will cut your pipe to length AND thread it. THIS is where things started to get time consuming.
If making this table for a dinning table surface, you will want to make sure the poly sealer you use is safe, or use a food grade bar top epoxy” like they do in many bars & restaurants. As a standing desk user myself, I found myself changing into odd positions, meaning I wasn’t practising correct posture, after standing too long. This draws your eye to the glossy top, and makes it feel as if the bright desk surface is floating since you ignore the matte 4×4 legs.
Once the desk is in place, I adjusted the cross pieces to make sure that they were spaced properly and evenly. Now take one of the the other 24-inch pipes which currently has JUST the floor flange and the Tee on it and screw that into the other end of your 18-inch pipe. In the end, I decided to unscrew the legs of the table, drape on an inexpensive plastic tarp to protect the undersides of the table and then screw the legs back into place. The pipe is held in the fittings with a set screw that is tightened down with a standard allen wrench.
A normal scratch-stock is unsuitable, both because of the varying widths of the grooves and their varying positions relative to the tapered sides of the legs. If you want a stand up desk you can take with you, you should look at the Tabletote. This provides straight-sided shoulders for mortise sockets to take tenons on the horizontal rails of the desk. Think about what you’re going to place on the desk and how much of a messy desk person or neatnik you are.
Using Expedit shelving units cost at least $200, but if you go a simpler route with just table legs and a desk top, it can a bit over $100, which isn’t too bad. The plywood has multiple thin laminations and no voids so routing it would make a finished edge and the laminate would be much smoother, more durable and more paperwork friendly. Clamp: Use three long wood clamps (see photo) to hold it all together until the wood glue dries. Again, the desk surface is flush with my workbench, but the underside has unevenness.
Now we will need to grab our pipes now and assemble the table leg sections before we screw anything onto the table top. I got shorter legs for the keyboard shelf and longer legs for the monitor, but as you can see from the photo of my final setup, I should have gotten longer legs for the front as well. It is very important for the stability of your table to have a cross piece at the bottom. Built from nothing more than an old wooden pallet and a few extra planks, this rustic desk from Peculiarmee is as charming as it is creative. Continue these lines onto the cabinet sides (Photo 4). Use a carpenter’s square to make sure these lines are also level.
I bought some silver sawhorse brackets, which have a chart on the back that tells you exactly how long to make the sawhorse legs for the height you want. The Decoupaged Map IKEA Desk below was created with the help of the IKEA Micke desk (another IKEAhackers project). Researching desks started to give me an idea of what I did and did not want in a computer desk. Measure and make a mark a few inches in from both sides of each corner of the countertop. I’ve been working on a pipe table of my own and I am STUMPED about how to connect my glass to my table base.
I’ve found out that using a standing desk at all times isn’t for me. Instead, I’m someone who needs to have options, and the ability to move from standing to sitting to lounging and back again as I feel like it and as my body dictates. I also found some metal brackets I bought back when I wasn’t sure what size I would need for my pallet planked coffee table , and spray painted them black. UNDER TABLE MOUNTING PLATE/FITTING/ADAPTOR 60MM LEG WORKTOP/BREAKFAST BAR/DESKIn Stock.
Cut the pieces for the front side of the desk first because you’ll have just enough plywood to make the desk. Attach the leg boxes leaving an even amount of desktop reveal on the outside, front and back of legs. Stain and finish all the sections (corkboard frame, shelf edges, swing-out desk) before installing. From free and easy to a time-intensive labor of love, here are nine DIY desk projects that will get you excited to get to work. Depending on your desired finish (and quality of your wood) you can sand the desk with 0000 steel wool between coats, or 320 grit sandpaper for the polyurethane.
Plus, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do so, as you can easily modify an existing traditional desk into a standing desk One of the most popular options is to stack up paper reams or cinder blocks and put your existing desk on top until it’s at standing height. I decided to prime all of the wood before constructing the piece, but saved painting until after it was all put together. Your desk, your way, your style: An industrial, vintage retro, rustic wooden desktop with mid-century design metal hairpin legs. I added a 12×12 inch white lucite tray to one side of my desk for some easy, pull out storage.