Finishing Up The Second Butcher Block + Galvanized Steel Desk Build
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 25 June 2016 at 01:44 PM EDT. 14 Comments
If you missed the article earlier this month about Building A Massive L-Shaped Desk For A Better Workflow, More Monitors and Space, the second desk is now completed.

See that earlier article if you missed it about my gigantic desk I built out of two 2 x 8 sheets of birch butcher block and galvanized steel pipes. This weekend I finished building the desk's twin to replace my wife's desk in the office.

I built the desk in a similar manner to my desk: galvanized pipe then coated in LeakSeal and also painted with some Rustoleum spray paint, two sheets of birch butcher block, and KeeKlamps for the connectors.

Rather than making hers as big, I used a 8 foot sheet of butcher block and a three foot sheet for making the L shape.

I finished it up this weekend. It took longer than my desk due to the spar urethane finish on the butcher block not turning out as well this time... So for making the wife happy ended up sanding down the entire butcher block and starting over from the beginning with the Minwax Walnut Gel Stain and this time rather than using the spar urethane applied by a brush, this time I used the spar urethane in a spray can and it made a smoother finish.

Again, see the earlier article for more details on this build for making a very heavy duty, reliable, and cost effective (compared to buying the desk pre-made in a similar manner) computer desk.

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