I've been needing a new desk for a while now, mainly for hand-drafting, but also for computer use. When I had the extra money, I couldn't find a decent one that was flat, uninterrupted by grooves, and/or not covered with vinyl and batting and under $300. Hell, who'd have thought finding a straight, level piece of wood with supports for a reasonable price could be so difficult?
Enter HGTV. While watching one program in particular (basically about cheap ways to makeover a room) I made note of a particular project. A woman had an extra dresser, but needed a desk...they promptly removed the drawers, knocked out the guts, and it worked perfectly for her home office.
The very next day I noticed a neighbor throwing out a perfectly good chest of drawers. With the utmost skill of a trained urban forager, I first made sure that they were really getting rid of it, then snatched it up before anyone else could get to it.
The first (and until now, only) Instructable that I made, I didn't realize I would be posting anything on, so I had to backtrack and make 3D diagrams to illustrate the process. Having promised myself that all subsequent projects would be documented extensively, I can now present the following simple Instructable which results in an elegant, if not perfect, outcome.
Step 1: What I Began With
As you will see, all I had to take out were the tracks for the drawers.
Step 2: Decisions, Decisions
Here it is after removing all of the drawers. Notice the decorative piece of wood along the bottom; this would prove to be a problem as I had no saw to work with; I had a single saw blade. Bear in mind that I was trying to make this piece of furniture with zero investment beside my time, hard work, and freely flowing blood.
Step 3: Sawing For A Long, Long Time....
1. I liked the look of it; no reason to remove it completely.
2. I thought that it would lend a little more stability to the side with the (heavy) drawers in it.
I decided to cut it off at an angle. The space that would be taken up by my chair left precious little room and I didn't want to cut my feet against a sharpened, wooden edge every time I got up (my free-flowing blood being reserved for the construction project, not the aftermath). If I had had the handle for my saw blade, this would have come out a lot cleaner, not to mention straighter.
I've also removed the tracks from one side so far.
Step 4: The Completed Desk
As you can see, I replaced the original knobs for the top drawer with a couple I had leftover from a previous project. Unfortunately I still don't have anything to exchange the other handles for, so here they sit; perhaps I'll paint them someday or, god willing, replace them with something better.
As always, comments welcome....