Finished Product First...
This whole thing started out of my need to replace my 10-year-old Ikea desk that was falling apart. I had a bunch of 3' rough sawn beam cut-offs leftover from an exposed beam building project and all these leftover mahogany cut-offs have been sitting around in my garage for years. I figured a giant butcher block design would look pretty cool and I could get the most out of all the materials.
I had to borrow this monster circular saw to rip the beams in half. It was still just too shallow to go all the way through but it was close enough.
After getting all the pieces roughly milled down I decided on the pattern. I wanted to keep the slab as thick as possible. Every piece here is about 2"
First Glue-up and Milling
I biscuited and glued up sections around 12" wide to put through the planer
Doggo supervisor laying down on the job
I only had so many clamps at the time so I had to work a couple of sections and let them dry before I moved on
Don't waste money on cheap clamps... Lesson learned
All the sections ready for the planer
Planer working miracles
All the pieces finished out at 1 7/8" thick, perfect for a nice chunky slab
Man I need some dust collection in my shop
Putting It All Together
All milled up!
More biscuiting. This is really more to keep everything lined up than to keep it together
Clamping sections together and keeping everything flat
Took some creative clamping to get the whole thing together
As you can see from the level this top is perfectly flat. All my efforts paid off.
All the pieces are together and ready to get squared off
Setup a poor man's track saw and squared it up nicely
I routed a 1/8" round-over top and bottom just to break the edge
After spending tons of time sanding the top I flipped it over and gave the underside a good once over. Then I placed my wireless charger where I wanted it to sit and marked it out
I routed out the hole in stages until there was just enough wood to charge my phone through and made a channel so the wire would sit flat and run out the back of the desk.
Since I'm working with two very different woods it was tough to pick a finish that would work well for both. After much deliberation, I decided to finish the top with tung oil.
It looked good even after just one coat but I wanted it darker
Heres the slab still wet after 4 coats
And after drying for 48 hours I'm finally ready to install
Bought this very cool set of motorized desk legs online and asembled them out of the box. Standing desk legs have come a long way the last few years. I was a little worried my top was going to be too heavy but these power through no problem
Just a matter of pre-drilling and screwing the top to the base. I added a couple brackets in the middle to help keep everything from moving later
Installing the controls and hidden wireless charger underneath
Found these awesome adjustable monitor arms that clamp to the desk. Easy install and great way to reduce desk clutter
Finally all set up and ready for some gaming... I mean work
Wireless charger in action!
Legs in the extended position. Very comfortable to lean on a bit while typing away
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