Wood and Metal Desk

I re-purposed an old shelving unit that I made many years ago because, to be completely honest, I couldn’t look at it anymore. The fit was all wrong, the welding sub-par, and the wood I found was starting to deteriorate. So I cut it all up and decided to build a sturdy and spacious desk, knowing my skills have improved greatly since then.

Welding desk frame
Fitting and fabrication

I followed my drawings exactly for a while, and experimented with different ideas along the way. But over time I drifted away from my original drawings and started going with what just looked good at the time. In many ways, I enjoy spontaneously playing around with the metal, but this has led me to many late nights putting pieces together, which I may not even like the next day. My drifting creativity is a result of lack of a continuity in my work because of my full-time day job as a maintenance mechanic. If I could work on a project everyday until completion, I’m sure the process would be much different, or at least a little more consistent.

Side brackets to desk
Shelving supports
Back supports

This desk is a combination of old and new ideas, consistent and spontaneous planning, and a desire to move away from my typical organic style. For this project, I focused on how to accent the linear frame with curve and joinery. What came out was something more spacious and less pleasing to the eye than I hoped, but a piece of furniture that is extremely sturdy and functional with detailed accents that look beautiful close up.  

A carpenter friend of mine cut, shouldered, and finished the wood from a 7ft slab of white pine. I’m excited about the sharp contrast between the black metal and light pine, as well as the natural colors that have come out of the wood, like greys and dark blues.

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