Let me preface this blog as I am a 100% DIY kinda guy on just about everything when it comes to home building, repair or renovation but by no means a master craftsman. I have about 21 years experience in building products and construction. It’s something I love to do and enjoy it, most of the time…Although there are times when I question my thinking on how long something should take. I work for a non profit group that represents the wood industry. We are an education out reach that lectures to structural engineers, architects, code officials and general contractors. There is a new material that the industry is starting to use in commercial construction. It’s called “Cross Laminated Timber or CLT for short”. Its a heavy timber material but think of it or picture it as plywood on steroids. You take 2X lumber and use adhesives to make it into a sheet of material that can be up to 60-70 feet long and up to 15″ thick. This stuff is really beautiful if you are the kind of person who enjoys going into a building and seeing the look of natural wood (leave the jokes alone).
So to make a long blog short I got with one of the suppliers in Canada and asked them for piece that I could use to make a desk out of. Luckily I was able to purchase a piece and have it shipped (not cheap to ship a 60X24X3 1/2 piece of heavy timber). I didn’t have a base, that I could use, and wanted something that was industrial and something I could build on my own. I ended up going with threaded 3/4″ pipe from the hardware store. Not really having an idea on what I wanted it to look like, I seriously went to the store, sat on the ground, and laid it out by piecing it together. I was able to use all stock sizes and didn’t need to have anything custom made which saved money but the silver galvanized pipe was the only thing they had enough stock of to finish my build. I purchased it and out the door I went. When I got home I put it all together. I then put it on my saw horses and took a rattle can of satin black paint and sprayed it. I ended up putting three light coats on it to get a better finish. I brought it inside and let it cure for a couple of days just to make sure I didn’t screw it up. The finish results are pretty much what I wanted. I hope to build a new home soon and will wait to drill holes in it for cords to go through to keep things neat. Working from home I wanted something I could be more productive in and a space that is unique. The picture below with the desk and guitars (Les Paul w/ Zakk Wylde pick ups, Martin acoustic, and a Telecaster that belonged to Aaron Watson a Texas Country singer) I did the pallet wall and the floor. If you have any questions or need and advice then shoot me a message. You can do the base in a day for around $175.00 I am sure you can find something less expensive or weld up a base on your own for less. I’ll let you decide on what you think is reasoanble… The top is something that you have a few options on. Had I not had the line on the piece of CLT I would have called the local lumber yard (not the big box stores) and asked them what the largest glulam beam is they have. You could also take several 2×4’s and stand them on edge then face nail them together to create a beam large enough . Google “Nail laminated timber” to get an idea on this process.
Here is my material list: