A couple of years ago I decided to try and make my own desk from scratch. I had an idea about making a pretty rugged desk – partly because I like the rugged expression and partly because I really suck at building things and there was no way I could make something sophisticated.
So I went to a sawmill and found a pretty thick and rugged piece of plank that still had bark on side. I sanded both sides down to grit 240, still leaving the bark on the side. When the plank was as smooth as i wanted it to be i oiled both sides with a good oil. I repeated the oiling process about 4 times, letting the oil dry in between. I really wanted to preserve the bark on the plank so i decided to apply a lot of layers of lacquer to the bark – i think i gave around 20 times of lacquer over three days – slow process but i’m really happy with the end result.
I had a pretty clear idea about the legs of the desk being welded together of some raw square steel bars, but since I dont know how to weld I asked my father in law to help with this process. I asked him to make the weldings rugged and without processing the steel bars in any way.
I paired the finished desk with a old Arne Jacobsen Series 7 office chair in cognac leather and an Apple iMac 21.5″. I also always have som paper in form of a notebook and at least one pencil so I can scribble down ideas. A green plant and a cup of coffee are the finishing touch and my home office is ready.