Fold Out Desk From Scratch and Chair Refurbishment

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So in this instructable Im going to show how i made a decent sised fold out desk to squeeze into my small room, as well as a quick refurbishment of an old chair to compliment it.
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Step 1: The Room.

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My room is fairly small, and its a squeeze to fit things in at the best of times. so when I found I needed a desk to do many of my projects on I had to think space conservation. 

I decided to affix the desk to the side of my IKEA bookshelf. its heavy, thick and wide enough to attach a decent sised desk to. 

Step 2: The Materials

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The piece of wood i needed were pretty easy to find. I just used pieces of scrap wood that we have in our garage.

I settled on a piece of 30cm by 75cm plywood for the actual desk and a 8cm wide piece of pine for the hinge brace.

Step 3: Making the Hinge Brace.

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Two 5cm long pieces were cut off the strip of pine and nailed to the underside of the piece of plywood with fine nails. 
The pine blocks were sanded smooth before being attached, wood glue was used to strengthen the bond.

Step 4: Staining and Varnishing.

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The desk was stained with a satin Mahogany wood stain. Three layers were used, with a light sanding after the second layer and the third layer only being a light coating. 

The desk was then given three layers of a tough polyurethane varnish. As with the wood stain, the desk was given two initial layers with a light sanding, followed by a final light layer.

Step 5: Mounting.

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After the desk had had ample time to cure it was time to mount it to the side of the bookshelf.
I used two brass door hinges, affixed with 6 steel screws each. I used a 1m long 3cm link chain to hold the desk upright.

The chain is hooked onto a small brass hook that is screwed onto the edge of the desk whilst the other end is held in place at 
the top of the bookcase. 

jarikcbol2 years ago
nice project! Also, your wood floor is absolutely beautiful.
jrichardson16 (author)  jarikcbol2 years ago
pcherepnin2 years ago
Very nice and the idea itself is great
aweith2 years ago
Because the question I ask because I do lot of work with tech and some times it weights over hundred pounds. And I don't want it to brake on me. And why I ask you used steel change and not fold out legs. To the table.
aweith2 years ago
Only thing is how much weight can it support with out of the use of legs to hold the the table in place because my theory is that what you used on the table it self for the legs I don't know if this make sense to you please respond ASAP
jrichardson16 (author)  aweith2 years ago
im sorry im not sure what you mean ?
anasdad2 years ago
Nicely done! I think that if you have the chain anchored properly and a decent hinge, that this table would easily hold fifty pounds. I've had a similar one for several years, and it holds my computer, several books, etc, without a problem.