The Shou Suga Ban Secretary Desk and Hutch

Submitted by susanshamp on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 10:25

This secretary desk and hutch was made using the Grant Secretary and Hutch plans, modified to be 48" wide. As a finish, I wanted to try out a new method - instead of staining, I decided to char the wood using a method known as Shou Sugi Ban. There are tons of You Tube how-to videos on how to do it, and it's actually pretty easy (as long as you are comfortable using a propane torch).


The project definitely took longer than I had originally anticipated, at least 40 hours. However I thought the end result was worth it.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Wood charring method (shou sugi ban) and Cabot Aged Leather stain for back boards.
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