DIY desk … part 3 … FINALLY!

‘Twas the night before Saturday.

And all through the shop, not a creature was stirring, not even the mop.

But Mama was home planning.  The Cowboy was there, too

Resting up for a Saturday that proved to be true.

The pieces were laid on a sawhorse with care.

In the hopes that a babysitter would soon be avail.

(Okay … that’s all I can muster … what with it not being Christmas and all.)

But maybe you’re guessing by my really bad ode that I finally had time on Saturday to get to Suzy’s shop and work on this dang desk I’ve been putting together for … EVER.

All the pieces were cut.

Routed (by Suzy).

Planed (by Suzy).



Lacquered (by Suzy).

And ready to assemble.

All I needed was five hours (okay, six).


And help watching the littles.


And, okay, I’ll say it … a little help from the Cowboy.


…because he wanted me to attach the desk-top with hinges rather than just screw it together so that it would be easier to transport.


And more help from Suzy… IMG_6232 …because I had trouble with the shelves … They were complicated (on an angle, and when I put them in it changed the angle of the legs) … and kind of got screwed up.

But she fixed ’em!

And now it’s DONE! IMG_6234 The little guy tested the legs for sturdiness.

We packed the pieces in the truck.

And all of a sudden I have pressure to get more done because now I can’t use the excuse that I don’t have my own space.

IMG_6357 (Maybe I can use the excuse that I might need a new chair?)

What excuses do you use? (Not that you make excuses.)



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a DIY desk – part 2

Jeanne here …

You may recall that I’m in the process of building my own desk and setting up a home office.

I had very high hopes to be showing off a completed desk by this post.

IMG_5706 I’d be lying if I didn’t think I’d be typing this post from my new “home office.” 🙂


But I’m happy to report …


… all the components are done.




Here’s Suzy “Vanna White-ing” the shelf as it will appear on the final desk.

And awaiting assembly.

So …

Next time …

My personally-hand-crafted desk in my new home-office.

a DIY desk … part 1

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Remember I mentioned that I had plans to make a desk?

Well I’m finally out of the planning stage and into the making, with the help of my super-pal Suzy B, woodworker-extraordinaire!

Today, I picked the knotty blue pine panels (2 @ $7 each) for the desk top.

I’m using two 1X8x10s of knotty blue pine for the desk top, so I was looking for pieces that “matched” but weren’t too “matchy” … you know?

Cut them down to size.

two 1x8x10 boards cut in half make 3 boards that will be used for the top, one gets cut again to be fitted for shelves.

A note about taking blog photos while using power tools … NOT A GOOD IDEA … so this is what the wood looked like after I used the chop saw to cut it. (I used a chop saw … what a weird sentence to read … wow … but I did it.  And I still have all my fingers.  So I’m entirely psyched!)

Then I took two 2x6x8 boards (2 for $12.99 … plus the $14 for the knotty pine boards, brings me to $27 on materials thus far) and cut them to use as the legs.

These are the legs after they’ve been cut, planed, “rounded,” cut again and sanded. The only mistake I made today was cutting one of the legs on the wrong angle. UGH … but luckily, Suzy had an extra 2×4 that she quickly re-cut for me to sand. (What took me 45 minutes, took Suzy 5 … )

Then we glued the top pieces together (after they were planed and sent thru the rounder table with a jointer attachment).

A cool thing about doing this DIY desk with someone who makes furniture for a living? She has an amazing array of power tools, including a “biscuit joiner” which makes gluing a desk top together way more sturdy. She also has these cool braces to hold the top together. Table saws (which she didn’t let me use … probably a smart decision on her part as we didn’t have time in the schedule for a trip to the emergency room :), Planers, sanders, measuring tapes, ear plugs, gloves … I see why she likes her job.

And then, after the glue was dried on the desk top and on the shelves, Suzy sanded the desk top, and it was pretty much time for me to get back to mommy hood …

this is it … the top of my desk … ready to have a clear coat applied and assembled with the legs and shelves.

… (a GREAT BIG thank you ABBY for taking care of our girl today …

I was happy to see the kiddos were so helpful … and I was equally stressed that I’m not ready to start growing my seed starts yet!

… and thank you COWBOY for watching the little guy).

Now all I’ve got to do is find time to assemble the parts, paint it with a clear coat, and transport it home … woohoo!  I’ll be excited to show you the finished product when all is said and done.