Cherry Stained Desk

Submitted by shoeffeine on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:39

My husband and I built this together, we stuck to the plans provided for the Martha Inspired Craft Table, however we left off the trim around the drawers for a simpler look.  The drawer pulls were purchased at Home Depot.  We used poplar wood that we stained with Georgian cherry gel stain from General Finishes.

Estimated Cost
For wood, screws, gel, top coat, drawer pulls and knobs ~ $300
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
poplar and plywood
Finish Used
General finishes Georgian cherry wood stain
Shellac topcoat

We sanded everything first, used a base coat to help prevent the poplar colors from bleeding though the stain and/or blotching, then used gel stain and then multiple coats of a satin finish accompanied with some light sanding with steel wool and soapy water to create a smooth desktop. Also attached the desktop from the inside rather than nailing from the top down.
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