I had the joy of making my live edge office desk, I built it awhile ago and decided to post about the process today. I got tired of using my standard old Ikea desk and had come across Nut House Sawmill Creations at Trade Days in McKinney Texas. He was selling wood slabs and we started talking, I had decided to build my own desk. Eventually he had posted about some Flaming Box Elder he had cut, they happened to be the perfect length but not wide enough, so I asked him to bookend a couple slabs in the raw for me to make the right width.
After getting the slabs home and giving them a few months to dry, I got to work hand planing each slab with an electric hand planer to even out the tops and bottoms of the slabs. This is where I wish I had a big table planer or a CNC machine, it was tricky getting the slabs square by hand. The slabs had some bow and twist that I had to plane level, and I wound up taking a lil more than 1/2 inch off by the time I was done.
My dogs enjoyed helping too!
After planing and sanding both slabs as square as I could get them I used a router to square the edges sense I didn’t have a jointer. I then glued and and clamped the slabs together.
After gluing the slabs I realized I dint quite get them as square as I wanted. so I had to plane a little off the edges to get the bow out of the middle.
There was still the tiniest bit of gapping in the middle but not enough to worry about. (Sorry I don’t have photos for the next steps.) I then sanded everything to a 80 grit or so, then taped off the bottom of the table top with aluminum tape to prep for the epoxy fill. I used some epoxy from Home Depot and filled the holes with a friend who used a butane torch to pop the bubbles. We had to be careful with that step because you can burn the epoxy if you aren’t careful. After giving the epoxy time to cure, I went back and sanded every thing down to a 600 or 800 grit to finish. I then coated the top with Water Lox to finish it out. I made the mistake of sanding between the layers with Water Lox you don’t need to and it just complicates the process. Once finished I fastened the top to the legs from my old Ikea desk, and fashioned a drawer face with some leftover Box Elder.
I now enjoy using this desk I made with my own hands every day.
Here’s a shot with the whole work station.
Thanks for reading!