Fancy X Desk

Submitted by strouse6 on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 19:02

Great first project I used to justify the purchase of a miter saw to the wife. She promptly provided a list of additional items to build for her. This was a great beginner's project and confidence builder for follow on builds. Thanks Ana, Home Depot and Lowe's should be thankful for your site also.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$100 (initial purchase of some tools)
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Common Board (pine?) - lucked out with some weird looking grain and color on these.
Finish Used
Rustoleum Ebony
Rustoleum water based semi gloss polyeurathane
Recommended Skill Level



Tue, 02/18/2014 - 07:12

The dark staining in the pine you purchased is most likely the result of the pine beetle. This is the appearance of the wood infected with the beetle. It does not affect the quality of the wood but adds some beautiful colors and patterns!!
Very nice desk!


Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:36

I managed to snag another pine board with similar coloring for the top of a bookshelf I'm building. Thanks for the info - can't imagine why these haven't all been snatched up - are they less desirable? The wife insisted on the dark stain but in the future these will get poly or a light stain to show it off.


Thu, 02/20/2014 - 10:06

I personally love the beetle stain. Apparently you either love it or hate it. For interest sake google a company called Azure wood. They are a company that harvests pine beetle infected wood and they make amazing and beautiful one of a kind furniture.

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